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McGee Mountain and Mount Morrison
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The majestic mountains appear close enough to touch until, after putting one foot in front of the other day-in and day-out, you look up only to find that your destination has grown even more distant than when you started…

In between where I am and where I need to be is a large valley of doubt. Sometimes, it needs to be about the destination and not the journey for me. I have to take my eyes off the path, focus on the goal and keep taking another step.

— Cari
BouncebackCafe.com guest blogger

When your destination looms far and large, it’s easy to succumb to doubt.  And even to find yourself sinking into a quagmire of hopelessness.  But there are things we can do that will help us stay the course.

Yes, of course, keep your eyes on the goal! Take the next step! And the next. And the next… And, as you plod ever on, I also suggest you do the Continue reading » What to Do When There’s a Valley of Doubt Standing Between You and Your Goal

red trail with california oaks on top of Mt Tamalpais

Sneakn’ Up on an Elusive Goal

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Think about a time you successfully achieved a goal… what was the path you followed? Do you know? (Really?)

There’s a clandestine operation afoot – I’m working a stealth move on an elusive goal.

Why don’t we just wait here for a little while
… see what happens…

— MacReady
Character in The Thing (1982)

As you think about the goals you’ve achieved, do you know what strategies moved you from “idea to done?” Sometimes we think it was our determination that made “it” happen – a plan that’s written down,  or our commitment, our persistence, or you name it, blah, blah, blah.  Many times, we’re right. Still, I invite you to look back on your successes and examine which strategies worked best for you.

For me, a direct assault is my best strategy. Sometimes though, I find myself starting over – over and over again!  What then?  Do I abandon the goal?  No, I do not.  Usually I Continue reading » Sneakn’ Up on an Elusive Goal

Tubing at Keystone Lake

Fascinating Goals Have Thrilling PULL-POWER!

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Are your goals fascinating enough to pull you past your fear?

Goals without values are bullies that push you around. On the other hand, [goals] aligned with your values pull you toward them.

LeadershipFreak

Have you ever played with a fistful of magnets?  It’s a cool, hands-on way to experience the difference between feeling repelled and feeling attracted… one is unpleasant, the other intriguing.  Much like magnets, your goals can either push you away from, or pull you towards achieving new outcomes.

Fascinating Goals

What if we could create “fascinating” goals – goals that would literally pull us forward into bewitching futures? Sally Hogshead, author of Fascinate: Your 7 Triggers to Persuasion and Captivation, outlines how to create goals that fascinate.

Find a goal that scares the crap out of you.

Do you have a goal that makes you a little uncomfortable?  You should. Continue reading » Fascinating Goals Have Thrilling PULL-POWER!

Starting over

Spring Has Sprung!

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Nobody can go back and start a new beginning, but anyone can start today and make a new ending.

— Maria Robinson

Spring has sprung… or at the very least is springing.  It’s a time of new birth and rebirth and the perfect time to get un-stuck and get started again.

There is an essential difference between a professional and an amateur.  When a professional makes a mistake, they know that they have to learn from their mistake so they can take the next opportunity when it shows up.  The amateur can choose to Continue reading » Spring Has Sprung!

First-ever Fall Fitness Day held at Success Lake

Is It Time for a Sprint Or Maybe a Fartlek?

We’re coming up on year-end… is it time for a sprint to the finish line?

‘Nobody Beats Us!’ According to our plan, when I said these words toward the end of the race, we would immediately shift into our final sprint, rowing as high and hard as possible, straight through, until we crossed the finish line.

— Brad Alan Lewis
from Assault on Lake Casitas

It’s that time of year when many of us take a bead on how we’ve done on the goals we set for ourselves. And, with the holidays now in full swing, it’s also time to figure out how to take care of Continue reading » Is It Time for a Sprint Or Maybe a Fartlek?

Cup o’ Inspiration

cup with steam swirl

Take a short break and consider the following:

“Be sure to take the most direct route to your dreams. Never take your eyes off your goal, or you will lose course. Never look back in sorrow, or you will trip.”

Joe Brown

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