3 Practical Steps to Take When You Have Too Many Goals

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Continuing with my Success+You series, today, I am going to talk to you about three practical steps to take when you have too many goals.

Podcast Transcript

Hello, it’s Ollie Relfe of ollierelfe.com. With another episode of Bits, Bytes, and Biz Buzz.

It’s been a while since I last recorded a Success+You podcast. But it’s good to be back and continuing with my very popular series. You can find all previous episodes up on my blog.

So let’s begin with a couple of questions.

Do you ever feel like you’re spinning in circles with too many goals?

Are most of them conflicting?

Well, the good news is, you’re not the only one who feels that way. It’s very common, and in today’s podcast, I am going to help you solve the problem.

But before I get into that. If you are hearing my voice for the very first time. My name is Ollie Relfe, I live here in the southeast of the UK.

My background…

Well, I was 17 years as an illustrator, graphic designer and former co-owner of a very busy graphic design agency in central London. I also owned an art card publishing business.

And I did all that until I found myself dealing with the challenges of being a caregiver to both my elderly sick and dying parents.

Running a complex creative services business with highly demanding international clients and fulfilling the care needs of a father who had Alzheimer’s wasn’t ever, ever going to work out.

By that time, I’d reached career burnout point anyway because the business had ceased to be fun with all the equity partners involved, employee issues, and the challenges of dealing with very demanding international clients and also keeping a full order book. The stress was having a detrimental effect on my health.

Fortunately for me, I had already started a side project some years earlier with a network marketing company and had built a solid retail base.

So I was lucky to be able to take an instant decision to step away from the commercial design world and become a full-time caregiver to give back to my parents who had sacrificed so much to give me a good start in life.

Anyway, that’s enough of my story for the moment.

Let’s jump straight onto the purpose of this podcast.

If you want to be happy, set a goal that commands your thoughts, liberates your energy and inspires your hopes.

Andrew Carnegie

Three Practical Steps to Take When You Have Too Many Goals

So here are some things you can do if you’re overwhelmed with goals.

1. Look for Overlaps

Sometimes there is a natural and logical relationship between goals.

Suppose you want to get healthier and to have more leisure time.

Taking time out for active leisure pursuits like tennis, cycling, running, or whatever sport you like to do will accomplish both goals at once.

Sometimes two goals can seem to be in direct opposition to each other, like wanting to travel and having more time at home.

In this case, write out both goals and next to each of them write out why you want to do each of them. You might find that what you want is to be away from work.

In this case, your real goal might be to change careers.

Or, you might discover that you can satisfy your desire for travel with a short vacation or even a long drive with the family.

Get to the essence of the goal, and they’ll work themselves out.

Success is the progressive realization of a worthy goal or ideal.

Earl Nightingale

2. Make time

We tell ourselves there are “only so many hours in a day,” and that we’re “too busy” to take on anything else right now. Your time is precisely that – yours.

Instead of saying “I don’t have time to learn a language,” try saying, “I’m not making the time to learn a new language.”

You can always find the time for the things that matter.

One way to keep momentum going is to have constantly greater goals.

Michael Korda

3. Be flexible

It’s a good thing to put a timeline together and have definite dates and time-sensitive goals. But remember that life happens, and often it even gets in the way.

There is an ancient Greek saying that goes: “If you want to make the gods laugh, tell them your plans.”

“If you want to make the gods laugh, tell them your plans.”

Having milestones and plotting points along the timeline is all well and good, but don’t hold yourself to it so rigidly that you cannot adapt to the occasional life’s tangent. And believe me they’ll happen.

If it feels to you like you have too many goals or if the ones you do have are fighting each other, then find the essence of each one.

That will help you determine what’s most important to you right now.

Then work on one goal at a time.

By concentrating on which one means the most to you right now, you’ll put those goals into perspective, until they don’t seem like so much anymore.

So that’s it for today’s episode of Bits, Bytes & Biz Buzz. 

For more pearls of wisdom, motivation, inspiration, and of course Success+You episodes….please visit my blog at ollierelfe.com

Where you can also find attraction strategies on how to recruit people into your network marketing business rejection-free without wasting your time and money chasing deadbeat prospects and leads.

If you have any questions just reach out to me.

Wherever you are in the world. Have a great day!

And I shall see you all on the next podcast.

Until next time!

Goals. There’s no telling what you can do when you get inspired by them. There’s no telling what you can do when you believe in them. And there’s no telling what will happen when you act upon them.

Jim Rohn

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