Keep Your Eye On the Goal and Go Around the Mule

Written by Roger Reece

One ofrepparttar most exciting activities you can engage in is goal setting. The future is bright and filled with endless possibilities, and by carefully planning a set of actions and milestones you can achieve nearly any goal you commit yourself to.

After you make your plan,repparttar 124068 first few weeks are energizing as you see yourself moving towardrepparttar 124069 goal. Your vision expands and you can feelrepparttar 124070 positive energy as you visualizerepparttar 124071 future and your anticipated accomplishments.

But sooner or later it's inevitable that you will face an unforeseen obstacle that seems impossible to overcome. The obstacle may be financial in nature, such as unplanned expenses or a failure to achieve initial revenue targets. It may come inrepparttar 124072 form of a person or a group of people who stand in direct opposition to your plans. You'll know when you encounter one of these immovable obstacles when you find yourself feeling defeated. It's at this stage that most goals get derailed.

I think of these immovable obstacles as mules. Mules have three key characteristics.

1) They will completely stop your progress. They seem to wait until you're moving full steam ahead, and then step out in front of you to blockrepparttar 124073 path to your goal.

2) They're stubborn. When you attempt coax them to move, they ignore you. When you try to move them out ofrepparttar 124074 way, they plant their feet and refuse to budge.

3) They don't go away. They seem determined to keep you from achieving your goals.

When a mule steps out in front of you to blockrepparttar 124075 achievement of your goal, you essentially have four options:

1) Abandon your goal. You can rationalize thatrepparttar 124076 goal isn't really important, or you can simply give up and feel defeated. This is a common response to mules, especially for people who are inrepparttar 124077 early stages of working toward a goal. Hopefully, you're committed to achieving your goals and haverepparttar 124078 determination to overcome any obstacle.

2) Wait forrepparttar 124079 mule to go away. This will generally lead you back to option one, because ifrepparttar 124080 obstacle is truly a mule, it won't go away. Goals, properly set, include milestones and are time-sensitive. The longer you remain in a stalled condition waiting for a mule to move,repparttar 124081 more milestones you'll miss, and eventually you'll be forced to admit failure.

3) Moverepparttar 124082 mule out ofrepparttar 124083 way. This will also generally lead you back to option one, because if it's really a mule, you won't be able to move it. One ofrepparttar 124084 most common pitfalls in attempting to achieve a goal is getting de-focused. Trying to move a mule is a totally frustrating experience, and you'll dissipate your energy inrepparttar 124085 process. If you want to succeed, you've got to keep your eye onrepparttar 124086 goal and not onrepparttar 124087 mule. Remember, your objective is to achieve your goal; not to moverepparttar 124088 mule.


Written by Ron Kimball

Recently, I attended a seminar that featured Naomi Judd, half ofrepparttar legendary country music duo, The Judds. Naomi, with her talented daughter, Wynonna, setrepparttar 124067 standard for country music by selling millions of albums, performing to 'sold out' audiences, and winning numerous awards.

The Judds had just finished a whirlwind reunion tour after a decade of not appearing on stage together. During that time Wynonna pursued a successful career as a solo artist while Naomi recovered from illness. Incidentally, Naomi's youngest daughter, Ashley, is a talented actress. Naomi talked aboutrepparttar 124068 early days of being a single Mom and raising her 2 daughters and having a dream to "make it" inrepparttar 124069 music business.

She worked as a nurse and actually secured a record deal with a record company executive while a member of his family was a patient.

She said that her daughters didn't always appreciate her disciplinarian ways. In fact,repparttar 124070 girls' favorite saying was, "If it ain't one thing, it's your mother!" But she was disciplining them for what would lie ahead for their futures. Naomi taught her girls 5 important life lessons:

(1) Change isrepparttar 124071 true nature ofrepparttar 124072 world. -She insisted that security is superstition. The only true security comes from within.

(2) Choices are sacred.

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