How to simplify your goals for better outcomes

good-intentionsOkay, since it’s early January, of course I have to say something about New Year’s Resolutions. I don’t like them. And I don’t do them.

In fact I’ve heard a lot of other people say they no longer do them either. Can you relate?

Here’s why I don’t.

I start off with good intentions on setting a goal, whether it’s around eating healthy, exercising, a new skill I want to master, etc. And then something happens. I fall off the wagon and then beat myself up in February for not following through. Well, who’s kidding who. By mid-January, the New Year’s resolution is already a distant memory. ☹

Ambitious entrepreneurs and executives often fall into this trap, too.

One of the biggest reasons for this is that feeling of overwhelm. And that feeling of tension that comes along with the expectation (from yourself and/or others) that you have to stick it out and do it, even if it really wasn’t something you actually wanted to do!

So what’s the solution? Just dump your goals?

No way. Goals are what drive the bus.

Goals are what get you up in the morning. They’re what puts a spring in your step.

That is if your goals are really want you want and are drilled down and DOABLE.

That’s why I’m inspired to let you in on an incredibly amazing way to quickly get clarity on exactly what you want to do over the next 12 months.

You’re going to be shaking your head at its simplicity. But mark my words. It’s extremely powerful.

It’s not my method. It comes from a woman I really admire: Marie Forleo. She’s a fabulous entrepreneur who is inspiring millions all over the world to live the life of their dreams.

Marie’s formula is a 2-step process. Here’s my simplified version of what to do.

1. Put aside some quiet time and write down all the things you want to do over the next year. Just put down a list of anything that comes to mind. Then break down your list into 3 categories:

  • Self: This can cover anything from exercising, improving your finances, renovating your house, etc.
  • Relationships: Who do you want to spend most of your time with? Then decide what ways you want to include those people in your life more often (think fun holidays, shopping, dinner dates and more).
  • Career or Business: Ready to expand your team? Break into new markets? Go for that promotion? Whatever it is, write it down.

2. Once you’ve got your list together, you’re going to start cutting it down. And here’s how: decide which key goals will bring you the most impact in each area, whether that’s on a personal, financial, emotional level, and how that impact will affect others.

This is where you’re weeding out what might not work now to align with for this year (but you can always revisit anything you leave out of this list at a later time).

The whole idea is to adopt the attitude that LESS IS MORE.

less-is-moreImagine what it would feel like to be super clear on the top 3 or 5 (or whatever works for you) projects or goals you want to achieve in a 12-month time frame.

Then you’ll be heading off overwhelm before it can even start!

When I think of approaching my goals this way, I feel an immediate sense of relief. But I also feel very motivated because I know what I’ll be working on will be the things that are nearest and dearest to my heart.

Marie says is critical is to ensure you SCHEDULE your projects and goals right into your calendar so that they become a reality. I love this because it’s like you have a living framework that you can visually see every day/month of the year.

I’m really excited to start doing this. What about you?

If you’re interested, you can watch Marie’s lesson on this here.

Want to talk goal setting and much more? If you’re in the Toronto, Ontario area on February 15th, come join us for the year’s first Trailblazer Forum. Only $97!
Get details and register (in advance) here.

© Kim Chernecki 2017

About Kim 

Kim Chernecki is the President and Founder of The Dream Business Creator (and parent company Freedom Street Inc). Kim works with executives transitioning out of corporate North America and entrepreneurs who want to define, design, launch, and grow their dream consulting or executive coaching business so they can be on their way to a 6-figure + income and financial freedom. Her proven and practical methodology helps new entrepreneurs save thousands of dollars and months of time idling in start-up mode; and small business owners jump over the “not-seeing-the-results-I wanted” hurdles that keep them stuck. Visit Kim’s website at

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