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My theme for 2006 is “impact.” It makes me feel incredible when I receive emails, like this one…



Thank you so much. I could never put my finger on it, but the high pressure of all the goal setting made me anxious, and I felt like I was missing the boat half the time.

I’ve spent thousands of dollars on life coaches to help me reach goals prematurely which only stressed me out. Turns out, I was right on track all along, and just needed to enjoy the journey.

Goal free, stress free! This is not to say that I don’t have dreams I work toward. Of course I do. But now, I enjoy the process and don’t put unnecessary and counter-productive pressure on myself.

I can’t express how much lighter I feel after reading just a little bit of your book! It was like you were speaking right to me.

So, will I reach my goals? I don’t know. But I do know I’ll keep growing and enjoy the unique journey that is….my life.

I could just hug you!

Thank you, thank you.

  1. I couldn’t agree more with that comment. Having been a Coach and been coached (and spending quite a bit of money in the process). I have been the recipient of some quite incessant goal setting and also the one who “drove” people to achieve things.

    Sometimes it DID work. There were those people (and I was one of them) who had drifted so much that they needed some kind of structure, tangibility to help them clarify what they did want. And goal setting was just one way of doing that (not always the BEST way, I admit……)

    I wouldn’t do that now though. I pushed myself to achieve goals, sometimes I did, sometimes I didn’t. But even when I did there was a joylessness about it which wasn’t very satisfying.

    Now I trust that things unfold as they should. Being prone to CFS means that the relentless drive to achieve plays havoc with my body. Now, I’m following my compass and enjoying (and being intrigued by) the process.

    I do wonder the “working hard to achieve” mentality has anything to do with the fact that we are just frightened to slow down. Maybe we become all too aware of our mortality, maybe we are frightened of what will emerge in our reflective moments. All those long suppressed desires, feelings, dreams will rise up and play havoc with our relationships and all of those things that we “should” be doing.

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