Clear your mind.  Transcend the past and be present to the blank canvas that the future really is.

Your next 12 months can be predictable, or can be wildly successful – it’s totally up to you.

I’ve seen it happen time and time again.  Sometimes people set goals that make them say  “How the heck am I going to reach that goal?”  That question is not really an inquiry, it’s just an expression of overwhelm.   But it’s good to have goals that give you that feeling, and then ask EVERY DAY, “How on Earth am I going to reach that goal.”  Because human beings are infinitely creative and resourceful.  If you set bold goals beyond what you can figure out today, and never quit figuring it out along the way, you’ll get there. You have an infinite supply of brain cells to help, especially if you agree that you virtually have an infinite supply of people that can help.

Sometimes I suggest having two sets of goals – “managed goals” and “true goals.”   Your “managed goals” are expectations (if you work for someone) that may impact your rewards and access to resources.  For example, if you are at a financial services firm and your resources and rewards are determined by how you measure up against your own set of goals, you have to set what most people would refer to as “realistic” goals.  Having “pipe-dream” goals in that scenario could be counterproductive.

However, I’d like you to also have another set of goals, your “true” bold goals that you only share with people who would be supportive of your boldness.  Really stretch outside your comfort zone and imagine goals that you’d celebrate BIG TIME if you reached them.

Flash forward to this day one year from now, choose an area of your life and consider what would be an ideal measure of success in that area.  Then break it down by month by month using the Goal Tracking Scoreboard (you can get that free during the month of December at

Good luck and keep me posted.  I love good news.

Author's Bio: 

Jonathan Flaks, M.C.C., Business Success Coach - Since 1998, Jonathan has been helping entrepreneurs, business owners and professionals focus on and reach ambitious goals, maintain continuous confidence and motivation, and achieve balanced success. Jonathan maintains a Master Certified Coach distinction from the International Coach Federation. He earned a dual degree from Cornell University and was Adjunct Professor in Business Leadership and Coaching Skills for New York University. Clients have come from BMG Entertainment, Morgan-Stanley-Smith-Barney, KPMG, Disney, Deloitte, Honeywell, Goldman Sachs, and many entrepreneurial and professional service firms. If you want to start every week with a positive, confident attitude, visit Monday Morning Mini-Motivation Meetings.