How about a more conscious approach to goal-setting?

January 7, 2015

You know what’s occurred to me over the last couple of weeks? This annual planning and goal-setting stuff takes TIME! If you’re going to experience real results, and make it to the finish line, it requires being very intentional about the process. And that, my friend, takes time and a proven process.

This time of year energy and excitement and motivation are high. All you have to do is check out your local gym, and you’ll know what I mean. There are waiting lines to use the weight machines and you can’t get into your favorite yoga class.

Check back in a couple of months and it’s a whole different scene.

According to a research study by Scranton University, only 8% of people actually succeed in reaching their goals. After the first week, which is today, 25% have already given up. 

That makes me very sad. 

What happens to all of those great intentions and resolutions?

You know what I think? I think we make the process too darn hard on ourselves. 

One of the key components to success is making the intention realistic, while still stretching you. I saw someone in my circle on FaceBook post that her new year resolution was that she was going to practice yoga every day. Now, if you already practice yoga, say, 4-5 days a week, then stretching it to daily, is expanding you but not out of reach. If on the other hand, you practice once a month or once a week, then to set the intention for daily practice is most likely setting yourself up for defeat and discouragement.

And yet, that’s what a lot of us do. That’s just setting the bar too high and what it does in the process is that it creates a level of tension that is just too much to bear.

Here’s what I mean by that. When you create an intention that is too far out of your current reality, it creates a level of discomfort that instead of being motivating, de-motivates you. Why? Because it scares you! At a deep level you’re afraid that you can’t live up to your own intention, the very one that you created!

You’re biologically wired to stay safe. Any time you undertake something that stretches you out of your comfort zone, you’re going to trigger that biological fear factor. It’s human nature and there isn’t anything you can do about that.

What you can do, however, is start slow and steady. When you create minor shifts that feel fairly easy to manage but still take some discipline because you haven’t been doing them that biological instinct doesn’t kick in, at least not to the degree that it’s paralyzing. It’s a way of tricking yourself, if you will, into taking action on big dreams, but in little steps that aren’t quite so scary, both on a conscious and an unconscious level.

There are a few other keys that I’ll be sharing over these next critical days.

All of this talk about resolutions and why so few are successful at them got me thinking. What could I do? As a member of my tribe, I want you to be one of the 8%!!! 

So I’m doing something I’ve never done before. I’ve done lots of workshops and I’ve done retreats and I’ve done webinars. This time I’m going to conduct a virtual retreat. I’m calling it the Conscious Annual Success Planning Virtual Retreat. It’ll be virtual so you can join me from all over the world. All you’ll need is a phone or Skype, although if you can be at your computer, even better as I’ll have slides, as I usually do.

I wanna help you take a conscious approach to your planning this year. How about for once you plan your life more from a place of being in alignment with what gives you joy and with ease? When done correctly (in my humble opinion) there’s more work involved in the planning piece than the actual execution. In my experience, the easier you can make it for yourself to stick to your plan, the more likely you’ll succeed.

There are some techniques to doing that. That’s what I’ll share during the retreat.

Are you ready to roll up your sleeves and put into place a conscious plan to create success in 2015? Then reserve the time on your calendar, right now for next Thursday, 1/15/15 (oh wow, there’s gotta be something magical about that date, right?!) from 1:00-5:00pm PST. Go ahead, do it now, I’ll wait.

I’ll have the registration page and all the details for you in the next few days. As a member of my tribe this is going to be almost free. The fee will be so small, like, two or maybe three Java’s from your favorite coffee house, depending on whether you’re like me and like the fu-fu drinks. Hey, what can I say, I like a little coffee with my Hazelnut and foam!

The only reason I’m even charging anything at all is because, well, let’s be honest, you’re just maybe a little more likely to invest something of yourself in the process if you have a little skin in the game. But I promise it will not hurt your wallet.

If you’re excited about this idea (or if you think it’s the worse idea I’ve ever thought of) drop me a quick  “YES!” or “Heck No!” comment below! I’d love to know how this is landing on the other side.

Check back soon! I’ll be posting it in the next couple of days.

With good energy,

Debra Wilson Guttas



P.S.P.S. Remember, next Thursday, 1/15 1:00-5:00 PST. It’s on your calendar, right? No? What are you waiting for? This is going to be the best planning session you’ve ever done. Did I mention that I’d be throwing in a little energetic healing to help remove any blocks? I didn’t? Oh, well, that’s the icing on the top then!

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