The Four Types of Goals

You run into people in your lifetime that will tell you to just do the things you’ve always wanted to do without giving you some insight or direction on how to conquer your fears. It takes knowing who you are and what you are good at to set yourself up for success. Your success depends on the types of goals you set for yourself, so let’s get into.

Type 1: Stepping Stone Goals

This is the first type of goal you set when you decide that you are ready to do something different in your life. The hamster wheel has come to a stop and now you are ready to get different results in your life. Whether you are ready to change your outcome in your business, career, or personal life, making the decision to commit to change is a big deal. There is a reason you have come to the conclusion that change is needed and it could be that you are tired of being in the same place in your life. See comparison is the thief of joy, so understand that your first step is not going to be the same step that someone decides to take. As with anything that you do, you have to be patient with yourself and process and not rush the things you want to last in your life. Your personal transformation starts here with identifying your why and need for change then set attainable goals that are grounded in your core values. Now is the time to operate in what you do well and set small goals that will impact the areas of your life that you want to improve.

As you set your stepping stone goal, envision the outcome to desire. 

Do you want to forge your strengths to be more productive in your business, career, and in your day to day life?

 Are you seeking change and ready to develop a personal development plan? 

Are you ready to transform your life so that you can stop procrastinating? 

If you answered yes to any of these questions, that is the first step and you are ready to dig deep and do the worth and carve the path for your transformation.

Type 2: Short Term Goals

The second goal to become well versed in setting, are short term goals. These goals won’t take you long to accomplish and in most cases are goals that can be accomplished in a short period. Typically when you set short term goals, you prioritize what needs to be done immediately and what can be stretched out over time. Your daily tasks build into your weekly objectives that pave the way for your guided success. As you set your goals you must be cognizant of how long certain things will take. Having a monthly or quarterly focus will help you knock out those smaller tasks that you will build your future goals and aspirations from. In your new quest to enhance your life, you can have a big picture in mind but dealing with what you can handle right now will keep you from becoming overwhelmed.

It does not matter what month you decide you want to work on a particular focus in your life, but setting clear 30, 60, or even 90 days worth of intentions will help you manifest the work you are putting in. Chunking your ideas and breaking them down into controllable parts will help you accomplish way more than have a long list that would cause you to have anxiety. When you set a short, attainable goal, you’re more likely to see your personal transformation all the way through and trust your process.

It may be annoying to people who aren’t ready, but when you ask someone where do you see yourself in the next year? Or the next five years? That is stressful. Your psyche is not able to handle long range thinking and that is one of the reasons some many of you give up on your dreams. However, long term goals are essential to your growth because they help you plan out your life once you start maximizing your unique skill set and become a person that is knowledgeable and trustworthy.

Type 3: Long Term Goals

It’s easy to reach your goals when you carefully plan your next steps and know exactly what it takes to propel your business, career, and personal life. Once you take that initial step and monitor your progress, you set yourself up for longevity and setting new attainable goals because you are committed to the process. As mentioned, establishing your core values early in your personal transformation, keeps you driven and operating in your purpose, and capable of getting your tasks and objectives done. A business certification, degree from a college, or even a promotion may take in excess of a year but knowing what you want and taking it a day at time will surely help you reach your personal level of success.

Type 4: Lifelong Goals

You really become focused on what you want when you are putting in the work. Creating the life you want to live takes planning and effort and your life long goal should always involve being more productive versus busy. Your mind will change many times as you are pursuing your dreams and that is okay. Having a plan and learning how to be flexible is all about your growth and readjusting becomes easier because you have a foundation. Lifelong goals will always help you stay determined to see your ambitions through as you look back over where you started and the progress you have made.

Envisioning your future career, obtaining advanced degrees, prioritizing your goals based on your family and faith adds value to your personal brand as you continue to excel in multiple area of your life. You can’t reach this point of organizing your life and structuring your goals until you decide which path you are going to take. You also need to remember that your journey is unique and will not look like the people around you. You must run your own race the SMART way as you continue to check things off of your list.It feels good when you are on top and being more productive than busy. Share your journey with me at or leave a comment.


The Key Elements of a Personal Development Plan

Write the vision and make it plain. Habakkuk 2:2

It is not enough to say that you want to change, you actually have to commit to it. One of the best ways to adapt to change is to begin with the end in mind. What you may be saying is how would I know the end if I am just starting? Creating an individualized personal development plan is your blueprint for designing the life you want to live. Getting started may be intimidating so before you quit before experiencing a transformation do these four things.

Decide what you want by creating your personal vision: Think about what you want and how you plan to get there. The goals you begin to set for yourself today will guide your life in the beginning stages of identifying your true self. You start small with what you can accomplish today, then move into what you can get done in a month. The stepping stone goals lead into bigger things as you establish your good habits that lead into you understanding your strengths and weaknesses. Sometimes you are so reliant on your strengths that you hinder yourself from experiencing real growth because you are operating in your comfort zone. You are here now because you have hit a plateau and recognize that it is time to do something different. So now it is a matter of figuring out your direction in life so that you align your goals and vision to make your personal development impactful.

Identify your opportunities to grow: There is no such thing as too much focus on your skillset because ultimately that is what you use everyday as a part of your daily routine. Each year, or even each day for that matter should be an opportunity to reflect on how you spend your time. You already know how to operate in your strengths but sometimes you neglect the work you need to do to become more well-rounded. There are some external factors that are out of your control that present barriers to your growth. However, dealing with your internal factors is the work you have to do when you know you are not performing at your highest potential. Speaking in the positive about your weaknesses leads to you acknowledging what you need to do to create opportunities to grow that will eliminate threats to your continued progress. You have to be willing to be uncomfortable to experience growth and that is the missing link sometimes when you are complacent.

Create your action plan: Once you have adjusted your mindset to your impending change you must then get specific about what you want. The buzz word is SMART goals but what does that look like? Set your BIG THREE GOALS for the week because this helps you accomplish smaller tasks each day that take priority in your life. Your action plan must speak to your ultimate destination in life with specific steps you will take to begin to check things off of your list. Get an accountability partner that believes in your transformation and will offer you encouragement along the way. Realistically, facing your shortcomings was the push behind your change in the first place. You create this plan with the understanding that even when you feel like giving up, you have to stay the course to change the trajectory of your life to really maximize your skills and talents.

Remember that your plan can be adjusted: From week one to week 12, a full quarter of work is enough time to examine your progress. Do you need to regroup and redirect your energy? If you find that the plan you initially created for yourself is not getting you the desired results, it is perfectly fine to redo your plan. You may even find that what you initially thought you wanted to do is no longer of interest to you. Get yourself unstuck when you find that your personal development plan is not serving you any purpose. Your timeline may get shortened or extended depending on your productivity and after all the goal is to grow and truly take up space in your life differently than you have before. When your skills strengthen and your interests change, so should your plan of action.

Last note, remember things may change, but when you work on one goal at a time, you’ll be pleased to look back on where you started and realize that you have been putting in the work and it’s only up from here.


5 Principles of Personal Transformation

Once you have identified your path of personal transformation there are limiting beliefs that you have to work through in order to experience a full transformation. What you believe begins to translate into every part of your life and those beliefs slowly become the principles you stand on exhibit daily. Your identity hinges on your goals and capabilities, as well as celebrating progress along the way and accepting that transformation is a process. The principles you are about to read will resonate with you from this day forward and become part of your mindset.

1. Appreciate Your Success

There is no need to rush your success or not celebrate your small steps. Every step towards your ultimate goal should be celebrated because not only will you be motivated to do more but you’ll be so glad that you didn’t give up on yourself. Your love and adoration for yourself has to be stronger than the love and adoration you may receive from others. You have to be your biggest cheerleader and pump yourself up because when you begin to transform you may lose some people along the way. If others are not celebrating when you begin to live for you, then they never were rooting for you in the first place so you have to be okay with that.

Appreciating yourself is not arrogance. It’s self-love and understanding your worth. Once you begin to experience the happiness you deserve in your life, everyday will become an appreciation of your growth.

2. Learn Your Lessons

First and foremost, remember that it’s not how you start but how you finish and that is a lesson in itself. You are not working this hard to be in the same place next year or tomorrow for that matter. The lessons that you learn are tough and stripping because as you increase your awareness of what you know, the more vulnerable you become. Wear your vulnerability as a badge of honor because it takes guts to face yourself and learn from your mistakes. Everything will not go always as planned and some ideas in your life will be a complete bust, but understand that there is learning in failure. You have to learn to be okay with disappointment because failure is a part of life. Take from each situation that you experience what you can, and try not to dwell on things that are out of your control. You can correct your mistakes, regroup, and try again. That applies to everything in life, good or bad.

3. Adjust Your Limiting Beliefs

Wishful thinking is out of the door when it comes to chasing your dreams. You have to be bold about what you are pursuing and work diligently to change your current position. You have to speak life into your goals and not run from them at the first sign of trouble. Every step you take in the direction of your ambition will not be smooth sailing and you may even second guess your decision, but limiting yourself from trying will keep you in the cycle of giving up.

You owe it to yourself to do something different if you seek different results from the goals you set. You are capable of doing anything you set your mind to doing, but that is not to be confused with getting involved with things just because you can. You have the knowledge, expertise, years of experience, and skillset to adjust what you believe and fuel your passion. So stop settling for mediocrity. 

4. Live Your Values

You have to have a full shift in your mindset and be honest with yourself about what you want to change. Your personal values become your guiding principles as you conduct business, get promoted throughout your career, and for your overall growth as you begin to experience success by accomplishing your goals. You tell your family and friends about your experiences each day and they watch the excitement in your eyes. Don’t hold yourself back by censoring your thoughts because everyone does not value the same things as you. So to be clear, you should do a brain dump that highlights the joy that you experience in your life with your business, work, or personal endeavours.

5. Set and Track Your Top 5 Goals

Once you get real about the path you are on and the journey it takes to get you to your highest level of productivity, you’ll be more driven to set goals and work towards them. Every goal you set is a stepping stone towards your destiny and will only encourage you to strive for more. Being smart about the next top five things you want to accomplish will take extreme focus and dedication because at this point in your life you have decided that you want to experience change. See, when you set your new goals, your next step is a continuous plan of action to see everything through and staying true to what you desire.

It feels good when you are on top and being more productive than busy. Share your journey with me at or leave a comment.

3 Active Practices that Will Make Your Life Better

You may feel like life is not happening to you right now with everything that is going on around you, but I guarantee you that it is. Looking over the past year there has been a lot of uncertainty but you have made it this far and I want to encourage you along.

See I learned a long time ago that it’s not how you start but how you finish and that applies to every endeavor you take on. So as you wrap up 2020 here are three things that will help make 2021 the year of manifestation and personal growth.

The first active practice you need to adopt is goal setting. You can not get by in life just winging it and hoping for success. You have to decide that you are tired of getting the same results and begin to be intentional with your time and focus. You have to say that I want more in life and set small stepping stone goals to push you into the direction of your dreams. That sounds like a lofty idea, but being specific but about what you truly want out of life is how you get not only what you want but also what you need. You can begin to take small steps each day to map out the ultimate plan for your life but you also have to commit to the goals you set for yourself.

It won’t be easy as you begin to shed the layers off of your comfort zone but it will be worth it as you see the realistic value goal setting brings to your life.

The second active practice you should consider is speaking affirmations. The Bible tells us that, “Life or death is in the power of the tongue.” (Proverbs 18:21) Whether you believe in a higher being, one thing is for sure, you must speak life into your dreams. Your self-talk sets the atmosphere for you to program your mind towards progress and not focusing on the mistakes.

By no means am I suggesting that you will not see difficult times. I’m merely saying that you have to allow your mind to be stronger than your feelings when you run into issues. Tell yourself that:

I am worthy.

I am enough.

I have the power to change your story.

I can create the life of your dreams.

I deserve a beautiful life.

Reset yourself each day with your words. Walk it like you talk it. Speak it as if you already have it.

This may all seem like common sense but unless you already practice these things, this is a scary awakening to someone getting started.

Lastly, you should begin to practice daily gratitude. Self-reflection is a positive attribute to add to your arsenal when you are fighting against staying stagnant. It is easy to beat yourself up when things are going wrong and your plans do not go off without a hitch. However, it is possible to find the silver lining and be grateful for your progress. See if you never begin, you’ll never look back and see how far you have come.

I say this often in real life, “If you want better, you’ll do better. And when you know better, you do better.” Again, this is common knowledge but if you lacked in your goal setting abilities, now is the time to stop putting off until tomorrow what you can do today. Wake up each day and speak life to affirm your dreams. I want you to see how your growth impacts your life and be grateful for your challenges because as long as you are trying, the results will begin to pay off.


3 Paths to Personal Transformation

When you think about your personal transformation, do not limit that idea to your physical appearance. Oftentimes we get caught up with what it looks like on the outside that we forget to do some work on the inside. I say this time and time again but focusing on the areas of improvement in your life takes courage, and doing the work takes strength. So where do we begin?

Path 1: Goals

You must decide that you want better and the only way to decide which direction you want to take with your life is to set some attainable and realistic goals. Examining the areas of your life that you feel most vulnerable is the best place to start and you set a goal that will exercise your individual skills and strengths. Being highly capable to complete tasks, lead, and be a team player can be used to your advantage with the right push.

Think about how you go to the store and find the things that you like, you must do the same thing with your skills and talents in order to create opportunities to grow. If your goal is a stepping stone to bigger and better things, then so be it. Ultimately, you work up to short and long term goals, then finally goals of a lifetime. However you have to pick a starting point before reaching your final destination and even then you will continue to make adjustments.

Path 2: Capability

You have probably heard the saying, “Just because you can doesn’t mean that you should.”

This can be applied to a lot of situations in your life and you have to be careful about what you say you can do because even though you are capable, is IT aligned with your purpose? Imposter syndrome is real! I’m not talking about being inspired by others, I’m talking about people going out and doing the exact thing as someone else. Don’t let that be you.

You become capable of completing different tasks when you apply your skills and will, but you have to have heart for what you take on in your personal life. Avoid doing things and being an empty vessel just because you are capable of doing so. Do things within your capability that will share who you are with others, and help them in the process.

Path 3: Self-Identity

The advantage you have is the ability to reinvent your business, career, and personal life when your goals are not aligned with your newly found purpose. Who you are at different stages in your life matters because experience shapes your belief systems and core values.

In your business if you have one, you are the creator and that is an attribute to your self-identity. In your career, your duties and responsibility identify your skill set and competitive position in the workplace, however in your personal life, expectations you have for yourself and what others often see in you become a part of your self-identity as well. So use each business and career decision to boost productiveness in your personal life and continue to evolve.

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The three paths do not come or change in any particular order but they are the push to transforming into a better you. Opening yourself up to change is challenging yet rewarding and worth it when you begin to experience life in a different way. The journey is personal but a necessity.