Subject: Celebrating the Journey: Seven Steps to Successful Goal Setting

Welcome to Celebrating the Journey!
Friday, January 10, 2003
Issue #102


1. Welcome Notes
2. Seven Steps to Successful Goal Setting
3. Coaching: Answer the Questions
4. Quotes for the Seven Steps
5. Opportunities for the Journey
6. Humor: Lunar Landing Repercussions: A True Story

1. Welcome Notes

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There is a gentle rain falling outside my office window, and I
am being serenaded by a flock of tiny yellow finches with
very big voices. My cat dozes on the couch. It is a lovely
beginning to the day. One of the goals which supports my
theme for 2003 (the Year of the Healthy Body) is starting
each day with a half hour of quiet contemplation. The reason
for the goal was to lower my overall stress level.

It is doing that. It is also making me more attractive to both
people and critters, an unexpected result. And a welcomed
one. In the 4 months I had lived in this house, I rarely had
birds in the front yard in the morning. Since January 3, they
have been there every day! My cat has historically dozed in
the bedroom until mid morning. Now she spends her
mornings with me. The number of phone calls from friends
who “just want to say hi and connect” has increased by half.

In taking the actions to reach my goal, I am not only
benefiting myself, I am directly benefiting those around
me. It’s the perfect reminder of how our actions impact
others, often in unexpected ways. Identifying and reaching
for our goals is like dropping a pebble in a pond: the ripples
spread farther than we can imagine!

The overwhelming favorite for a theme for the year (see last
week’s CTJ at was
Healthier Lifestyle. That’s a great one. I support each of you
who have taken on that theme in living this year in a way
that supports that enhanced level of health. What themes
have the rest of you claimed? I’d love to read about them.
Send your themes to

I want to remind you about our Celebrating Our Loud
section. It’s a place where we can share the good stuff that is
happening in our lives: a new puppy, a fitness milestone, a
birthday, a new bud on a plant, an anniversary, a wedding,
waking up in the morning. You get the picture. Sharing
celebrations enhances all our lives. Share your celebration
with us at

I had an e-mail problem for about 28 hours earlier this week.
If any of you send me an e-mail and had it bounce back to
you, please resend it. The problem is resolved, and I’d love
to hear from you.

Enjoy the day and celebrate this journey we call life!

2. Seven Steps to Successful Goal Setting

So you have created your theme for 2003. Now what? How
do you ensure that the direction your actions take you
during the year support that theme? How do you measure
your progress within that theme and in other areas as well?
I have no new magic solution here. The answer is an age old
one: setting goals and taking the actions to reach them.

I can hear the moans already. Been there, done that. Set
goals. Reached some. Missed most. My life still isn’t great.
Why will it be different this time?

Because you’re going to create goals that draw you forward
instead of pushing you from behind; goals that you’re
curious about and drawn to rather than driven by; goals that
evolve from what you really care about rather than what
you think you’re supposed to do. We’re going to change the
foundation on which your goals have been built in the past.

This week I’m presenting a 7 step process for arriving at a
set of goals to guide you on your themed journey of making
2003 your best year yet. The theme is the itinerary for this
journey; the goals provide the specific directions; your
actions will fuel your travel.

In the 7 weeks to come, we will cover each step in detail,
creating a clear roadmap to having the year you REALLY
want. Following that, we’ll talk about what’s necessary to
reach those goals once you’ve set them.

This set of goals CAN be different than any you’ve set in the
past. This year CAN be the best you’ve ever had. The Seven
Steps to Successful Goal Setting can lead you there.

Step 1: The Important Things in Life: Identify Your Personal

What matters the most to you and pulls you forward,
without efforting? What defines the principles and standards
by which you live your life? What are the deeply held
convictions that live in your heart and soul?

Step 2: Life Dreaming: Create A Vision

How good can your life be in 5 years? How does it feel
to have a life that is financially, spiritually, socially,
intellectually, and physically balanced and abundant? (Hint:
Dream Big!)

Step 3: Role Play: Clarify the Roles You Play In Your Life

What are your current responsibilities? What are you
accountable for in your life? What activities fill your days?
What would you call the role you’re playing when you’re
doing these activities? (Hint: No more than 8!)

Step 4: Role Goals: Identify Your Role’s Goals

What do you want to accomplish in each of these roles?
What actions, behaviors, choices will best support the
fulfillment of each role?

Step 5: Goal School: SMARTEN Up Your Goals

How can you make your goals more specific,
measurable, achievable, realistic, time defined, empowering,
and nourishing to your values?

Step 6: Goal Play: Get Curious About Your Goal

What intrigues you about each goal? What fascinates
you? What excites you?

Step 7: The Big Ten: Choose Your Top Ten Goals

Which 10 of those goals, when reached, will give you
the best year you’ve ever had?

3. Coaching: Answer the Questions

Take a look at the questions for the Seven Steps this week
and play with some answers. Don’t think about your
answers. Instead let your intuition share a bit of wisdom
about each of the Seven Steps with you. Don’t worry if your
answers don’t seem to make sense. Go with your first
instinct and write it down.

As we examine each step over the next 7 weeks, these
answers will serve as the beginning for setting goals that will
lead you to your best year ever!

Take the Seven Step journey to the best year of your life!

4. Quotes for the Seven Steps

1. Only you, in all of time, can voice your truth, stand for
your values, and make your unique contribution.
Phil Humbert

2. Your real vision is immeasurably valuable, and I dare you
to let it out. Let us all see what you have made real from
your dreams and imagination. We are waiting to see.

3. When we have begun to take charge of our lives, to own
ourselves, there is no longer any need to ask permission of
George O’Neil

4. Even if I don’t reach all my goals, I’ve gone higher than I
would have if I hadn’t set any.
Danielle Fotopoulos

5. What you get by achieving your goals is not as important
as what you become by achieving your goals.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

6. It is a shameful thing to be weary of inquiry when what
we search for is excellent.
Marcus T. Cicero

7. In absence of clearly defined goals, we become strangely
loyal to performing daily acts of trivia.

5. Opportunities for the Journey

Heifer International

Chosen as one of the 100 best charities in the U.S. by Worth
magazine, Heifer International is all about giving families in
need a source of food rather than short term relief.

Heifer animals (and training in their care) offer hungry
families around the world a way to feed themselves and
become self-reliant. Children receive nutritious milk or eggs;
families earn income for school, health care and better
housing; communities go beyond meeting immediate needs
to fulfilling dreams. Farmers learn sustainable,
environmentally sound agricultural techniques.

They have a gift catalog that allows you to order an animal –
cow, chicken, pig, goat, llama, sheep, duck, rabbit, even a
tree – and donate it in your name or in someone else’s. I just
honored my sister’s birthday by donating a goat in her
name. I couldn’t think of a better gift, and she was delighted.

By helping people become self-sufficient, we give to not only
them but to our planet and to our own souls. I highly
recommend this organization as a recipient of your
charitable giving and as a source of unique gifts for those
you love. Find out more at

6. Humor: Lunar Landing Repercussions: A True Story

On July 20 , 1969, as commander of the Apollo 11 Lunar
Module, Neil Armstrong was the first person to set foot on
the moon. His first words, after stepping on the moon,
“That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind”
were televised to Earth and heard by Millions.

But, just before he reentered the lander he made the
enigmatic remark: “Good luck, Mr. Gorsky.”

Many people at NASA thought it was a casual remark
concerning some rival Soviet Cosmonaut. However, upon
checking, there was no Gorsky in either the Russian or
American space program.

Over the years, many people questioned Armstrong as to
what the “Good luck Mr. Gorsky” statement meant, but
Armstrong always just smiled.

On July 5, 1995, in Tampa Bay, Florida, while answering
questions following a speech, a reporter brought up the 26
year old question to Armstrong. This time he finally
responded. Mr. Gorsky had died and so Neil Armstrong
felt he could answer the question.

In 1938 when he was a kid in a small midwest town, he was
playing baseball with a friend in the backyard. His friend hit
a fly ball which landed in his neighbor’s yard by the
bedroom window.

His neighbors were Mr. & Mrs. Gorsky.

As he leaned down to pick up the ball, young Armstrong
heard Mrs. Gorsky shouting at Mr. Gorsky. “Sex! You want
sex?! You’ll get sex when the kid next door walks on the

Remember that it’s never too late for miracles to happen!

Give yourself the gift of the Seven Steps this week, and as
always, Celebrate Life!

Namaste, Margo

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soul, the blueprints of your ultimate achievements.”
Napoleon Hill

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