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Goals Inspire; Intentions Actualize

January 1, 2010

Welcome to 2010! It’s still fresh and early on the first day of a whole new year. What kind of year will you create? This is a great time of year to set some new goals, intentions and make plans for what you want to create in the months and year ahead.

Resolutions are so passe. Too focused on fixing things. They rarely last. Goals, however, if framed right, can inspire, motivate and  energize you.  They are especially helpful if you have a bit of the back to work blues this January. Goals add meaning, focus and purpose to your life and work. They don’t have to be big. They can come in all shapes or sizes.

E.g. learn a new skill; advance an area of knowledge or competency; or fulfill a long-held dream of ___ (whatever that may mean to you).

Declaring goals is good. Declaring and committing to intentions to support these goals is even better.  Intentions are declarations of commitments of what you will do and how you will be to actualize your goals.  If goals are the engine that inspire, then think of  intentions as the  gas that propels and gets that engine working.

E.g. If a goal is to advance a particular skill, then the intention might be to enrol in a course, practice x times a week, get a mentor, etc.  Intentions can be concrete actions. They can also be a way of ‘being’.  For instance “I will be tenacious and relentless in my efforts to advance this skill.”

My goals: I’ve got a whole bunch of goals for 2010, particularly for my business, Big Cheese Coaching and my new practice area, called “UNretiredLife“. And I’ve got goals for other areas in my work and life as well.

For each of those goals, I have plans, strategies and ideas. And intentions (aka commitments) for what I need to do and be to actualize this. Let me share just a few:

1) I intend to be more in touch with my community of readers, clients, network and others. That means writing posts more regularly, sending out newsletters, more meaningful networking, etc. This is all connected to a variety of broader goals related to advancing my work.

2) I intend to be mindful of my perfectionism gremlin that sometimes gets in my way of my sharing news and updates more regularly. This is related to the first intention. You see, I never have nothing to say. Often it’s a matter of too much to say. Often, I get stuck when I feel I haven’t gotten it down ‘just right’. So I’m committing to letting go of that and sharing when I have something meaningful to offer.  It’s a bit of a “Just do it” intention.

3) I intend to practice more patience with myself and monitor my pace. Ahh, that pace thing. Yes, this intention is connected to my goals related to fulfillment, peace and effectiveness. I (like others) often fall into that ‘human doing’ trap and the frenzy of ‘rush’. I have so much enthusiasm and passion for all that I want to do – and often want to take on too much. It’s frustrating when I can’t get to it all (sound familiar?)!  In the long term, this doesn’t serve me well. Nor does it serve my clients if I lose my energy, resilience, etc.  So part of this will be a continual check-in on my energy, my commitments (reality check with what I set out to do with what’s ‘do-able’), etc.

Ohhh, there are more.  But this post isn’t meant to be all about me. It’s meant to inspire some reflection for yourself.  Hopefully, my sharing has you thinking of some of your own goals and the intentions you need to commit to in order to actualize those goals.


What goals do you have for 2010?

What intentions do you need to declare to ensure you follow through?

What do you need to do (actions, behaviours) and who do you need to be in all your ‘doing’ to honour these goals in the most meaningful and fulfilling manner?

If you need some more inspiration, here are a few other related past posts that may be useful:

Bored at Work – Time for a New Goal

Fresh Start to the New Year (a primer on setting meaningful goals and developing a plan to follow)

Thank G-d it’s Monday (Globe and Mail article inspired by this blog)

Before I sign off, it should be noted that as I re-read this post before I hit ‘publish’ I am noticing how ‘unperfect’ it is. I can write more; say it better; etc, etc.  But in light of my new intention….I’m going to ‘just do it’ (hit the publish button:)

Happy New Year — here’s to your TGIM work-life!


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Back to Work Blues?

January 2, 2008

Ahhh….Jan 2….time to go back to work for many. How’s that feel? Even when you love your job (or at least like it) returning after work after the seasonal holidays (or any break – including weekends) can be difficult for many. I recently heard on a TV news report that about a third of Canadians feel some sort of ‘blues’ heading back to work after the  holidays. I don’t know what the real stats are but I do know that a  lot of people have been landing on my blog as a result of doing online searches for ‘back to work blues’.

If this is you, you might find these articles helpful if you haven’t already read them (they have been previously been posted here on this site).

1) Beat the Back to Work Blues — Tips

2) Thank G-d It’s Monday – a Globe and Mail article prompted and supported by yours truly with a client of mine profiled.

3) You may also want to take time to do your New Year reflections — see the list of questions below from a post a couple days ago for some prompts. When I did mine I got very energized for the new year…and I had just been finishing off the flu so wasn’t really my energetic self. Reminding yourself of your accomplishments and what worked — well it’s very inspiring.  And if you’re into New Years resolutions and goal-setting — all good to energize you… you might want to read this article as well (also referenced again in yesterday’s post). 

 As for me, I’m easing back into work mode – I don’t go full out yet till next Monday but I am dipping my toe into the work waters this week ….(writing, planning, etc.) — luckily it’s stuff that I truly do enjoy and choose to do. 

Chin up — good things are to come! To a TGIM worklife!


A Brand New Year…Welcome 2008! Goal-Setting Anyone?

January 1, 2008

Wow… 2008! A brand new year and where I’m at right now is waking up to a snow-blanketed morning. Nice metaphor….everything is fresh, white, anew…just like the brand new year.

(Photo courtesy of Borderfilms Doug on Flickr

It’s been exactly a whole year since I’ve launched this blog. Thank you WordPress for making this blog stuff so accessible! It’s been fun…and I couldn’t have done it without you. Thank you Joe Thornley, who encouraged me to start blogging in the first place. Joe is  a pioneer in this kind of social media stuff and was right when he said this would be a rewarding experience. And thank you to all of you who have in some way connected with me and/or this blog this past year. Some of you have subscribed (to the blog and/or even my newsletter….yay!) — and some have  even shared a comment or two here. Thousands of people have in someway connected to this blog. I look forward to more in 2008!

These past few days I’ve been doing a lot of reflection (see post below for Qs to inspire your own reflection). After doing my 2007 ‘completion’ I’m so energized and inspired and ready for the year ahead. Building on my past year, I’ve got new goals, hopes, ambitions…..

How about you?

If you’re into goal-setting or New Year’s resolutions – you might be interested in this article that I’ve written and posted last year at this time. I’ve changed the dates – but the content is still relevant. In essence, it’s a bit of a guide to goal setting for the year ahead.

The gist is as follows: goals are great as they can energize us and move us forward. But goals for goals sake don’t work. They have to be meaningful, relevant, tangible…and some say time-specific (on that last point, I say that’s important for some goals – but others are more ongoing and unfolding in nature. Still, it is important to be regularly checking in on progress and milestones). Also – goals without proper planning and support can end being simply wishful thinking. So make sure your intentions line up well with those goals that are most important to you.

Aristotle was quoted as saying: “Man is a goal seeking animal. His life only has meaning if he reaching out and striving for goals.”

May you have the heart, wisdom and fortitude to reach out and succeed towards your most meaningful goals this year. And if you need any help…..well, I know a coach or two who’s standing by:)

Happy New Year and to a TGIM worklife for the year ahead!


Questions for Your New Year’s Reflection

December 30, 2007

Hello! Another year past– and a fresh new year ahead! It’s just a day and a half till the new year. A perfect opportunity to take some time to reflect. Before jumping ahead to next year’s goals, dreams and resolutions (if you’re so inclined), perhaps you’d like to take some time to complete the year past with some acknowledgements and reflection?

Each year-end I use some of these and other questions to guide my reflection. Perhaps you’ll find them of value to yourself? Take whatever time you like to wonder/ponder/reflect on any or all of these. Consider both your professional and personal life.


1) What accomplishments from the past year are you most proud of?

2) What successes have you forgotten or perhaps overlooked — that you might want to acknowledge yourself for now (e.g. a task well done; new learning; a courageous act; other?)

3) What did you learn about yourself last year?

4) In what way(s) have you grown? Who have you ‘become’ in the evolution of “you”? (e.g. wiser, more courageous, more open….etc.?)

5) What are you choosing to let go of this year so you can begin fresh in the New Year?

6) What were the high points of the past year?

7) What inspiration (a moment, thought/idea; experience) will you carry forward in the year ahead?

8 ) How would you complete the following sentence: “This was the year of ___” (fill in the blank with a word or phrase that captures a theme most meaningful for you)


1) What are you most looking forward to in the year ahead?

2) What do you want more of in the year ahead?

3) What do you want less of?

4) What new learning goals do you have for yourself for the year ahead?

5) What other goals are important to you right now?

6) How will you actualize these goals?

7) What structures/plans/supports will you put in place to make them happen and keep you “on your game”?

8 ) How will you have fun this year?

9) What will ‘balance’ look like to you this year? And how will you honour that?

10) What relationships will you invest more of yourself in this year?

11) In what way would you like to see yourself grow (i.e. via experience, personal development, other)

12) How would you complete the following sentence: “This will be the year of ___” (identify a phrase that conveys a theme most meaningful to you).

These are just a few ‘thought-starter’ questions….but hopefully they’ll inspire your own meaningful year-end/New Year reflection.

Parting word…

The one who asks questions doesn’t lose his way” (Akan proverb)

To celebrating the year past and beginning a fresh new TGIM year!



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