These Are Not The Goals You Are Looking For Obi-Wan

Now that we are in a new year, many people set goals. I need to review my resolutions and make new ones for this year, but there was a goal making technique I used last year that was slightly flawed. I was a lowly stormtrooper under the spell of a Jedi mind trick. Unfortunately for me, I was applying it to myself!

eBook Anyone?

Since the blog was humming along, in the middle of last year, I set the next logical goal, write an eBook. I got as far as jotting down some ideas and making a short outline. I have written a few 1000 word posts, but an eBook became a daunting task and I quickly lost steam. I also ran into a major distraction.

Finance Blogger Conference and BlogWorld LA Speaker Shift

When FinCon11 and BlogWorld LA rolled around, everyone caught fire with amazing content and memorable networking opportunities. I drank the Kool-Aid and pushed myself even harder. However, I also threw out another lofty personal goal. I will speak, somewhere!

Not All Bad

I can’t be too hard on myself as these goal-making techniques did produce some great results. I survived my first year of blogging, hit BlogWorld LA, networked like a demon, teamed up with Incrwd, launched my podcast, and finally selected a new logo. However, I was mentally tricking myself on my bigger goals. Writing an eBook and speaking is not for the faint of heart. It will take more time and energy to tackle them. When I got stuck on my eBook, all I did was jump to another lofty goal. If I didn’t recognize this, I most likely would shift back to writing an eBook when working on a speaking presentation became too hard to swallow. Bad Buck!

Final Thoughts

If you are a talented multi-tasker, good for you and keep doing what you do. Since obviously I am not, I need to focus on a goal, create a step-by-step plan, and execute. All I did last year was shoot for a moon and then shot for another moon when I started spinning my wheels.

This mind trick can also happen in investing, retirement planning, and generating passive income. Let’s say you want to invest in the market and wanted to dabble in mutual funds. Half way through and when you are about to take action, you look into options and decide to jump ship for possible, higher returns. Half way through options, you look into Forex and the process repeats. What happens after a year of this? You get a whole lot of dabbling with no action. Mission Unaccomplished. Good job! For retirement planning swap the previous terms with IRA and 401k. For passive income swap them out for real estate, stocks, and niche websites. You get the picture.

Shooting for the moon is great because in theory you will land amongst the stars. However, without a plan filled with actionable tasks, you will not hit the moon or the stars, you will just be left star gazing. Don’t let this happen to you. Are you shooting for the moon? How are you logically going to get there? If you don’t know, sit down for a moment, write out your tasks, and give yourself a deadline to accomplish the task. Open-ended goals are very easy to push aside. Have you seen my eBook or speaker presentation? I haven’t!

Stay Inspired!

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36 Responses

  1. Well, it is difficult to meet open-ended goals without a plan in place which you have discovered and shared. An ebook sounds like an incredible amount of work for a completely unknown outcome. For 2012, I will be sticking to posting on a regular schedule.

  2. Moneycone says:

    You’ve made some incredible progress for the short time I’ve known you Buck! I’m sure you’ll get there!

    Good luck and here’s to a much more successful 2012 Buck!

  3. krantcents says:

    Goals require plans and holding yourself accountable. The key is holding yourself accountable! Take small steps and build on your success. Good luck.

  4. PKamp3 says:

    Well, you did finish the new logo goal – I was pumped to see the ‘buck-inspired’ favicon when I loaded up your site this morning! I have no doubt you’ll be able to pull off the rest of your goals.

  5. Jackie says:

    I think it’s easy to get sidetracked, which is definitely one of the challenges of staying on-task for goals. Part of it too though is making sure the goals you’ve set are set for the right reasons. For example, we could have been nearly done with having our house paid off if I hadn’t bought trips to Paris, New Zealand, Blogworld LA, and Galveston, and donated money, and paid half of my son’s college tuition. But I think all of those things are worth getting the mortgage knocked out a little slower.

  6. Jackie says:

    P.S. I’m glad to see that “Team Antler” won :)

  7. I will get started on a book soon, too. It seems like a lot of work!

  8. Realistic goals is more my style. I think it is much easier to have realistic goals and work step by step to meet them. Shooting for the moon doesn’t work for me. Good luck with the new book!
    Nice antlers. ;)

    • Buck Inspire says:

      The good thing is you know what works and what doesn’t work for you. Your results speak for themselves. I, on the other hand am still finding my way. Nice antlers? I bet you say that to everyone, haha!

  9. Don’t worry about an e-book. I am a strong believer that everything has its own time. If it is time for it, you will be able to sit down and right it. Focus on what is important for you and don’t be too hard on yourself!

  10. Don’t forget to have some fun with the challenges you set for yourself this year. It’s going to be the biggest year of your life with Baby Buck arriving!

  11. I like realistic goals. That way I get to celebrate when I achieve one, and I am able to move on to the next one with confidence.

  12. joyce says:

    According to the films, Obi-Wan received training from at least two Jedi Masters: Yoda and Qui-Gon Jinn

  13. If you’re going to pump out an eBook, give yourself a deadline and just pump out the content. Don’t get stuck on design – save that for someone on Fiverr or something. You can crank one out in no time if you’re focused.


  14. Bettina143 says:

    For me, if you are motivated enough to reach your goal, then you need to strive hard to get it and there is no room for disappointment. Stay focus on what you like and everything will be possible. I know, you can achieve your goal of having an ebook at the right time…

  15. These sound like great goals. I personally don’t think open ended goals are so bad. They still keep you focused but allow you some leverage with completion time. With a new baby coming you are going to need that.

    As far as tackling an ebook, don’t ask me. I haven’t written one yet.

  16. AverageJoe says:

    I think it’s WAY important to stay focused. Expecially when–SQUIRREL–

  17. Doctor Stock says:

    Patience grasshopper… it will come as you persevere!

  18. Love the new look!

    Buck, you should have had a goal about getting lots of comments because you sure have accomplished that one!

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