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Donít Set any Goals this New Year . . . without Applying the 60-40 Rule

Susan L. Reid

Itís that time again ó the time when people traditionally set resolutions for the New Year.

Picture of calendarHave you noticed, though, that setting long-term goals doesnít work? No matter how convicted you feel about your New Yearís resolutions, the more rigidly you adhere to whatever goals youíve set for yourself, the harder it will be to reach them.

Why? Because the problem with goals is that they are made in the present, to be fulfilled in the future. But the present is always changing. That means the future is always changing, too. So, if youíve created a static goal for a future time in a dynamic and ever changing present, itís almost impossible to attain that goal. This is why, after the first couple of weeks of working toward your goal, setbacks often occur. Before you know it, youíre off the mark, struggling to get back on task, wondering if you will ever reach your goal.

Not all is lost. Human beings arenít static, so why should their goals be? There is a way to meet your goals and to accomplish all that you have set out to achieve this New Year. The only thing is, itís different from what youíre used to doing, and it will require setting aside your old way of setting goals. This new way of setting goals is what I call the 60-40 Rule.

The 60-40 Rule

Never heard of the 60-40 rule? Well, now you have. The 60-40 rule states that, once you set a goal, 60% of your action is to be taken in the present; only 40% of your action is to be taken in the future. This rule does three things that the traditional way of setting goals does not:

  • It takes into account the dynamic, ever changing present that we all live in.
  • It sets the intention for your goal to be fulfilled.
  • It puts you in energetic vibration with prosperity and abundance, making manifestation of your goals just a matter of time.

Picture of happy womanOf course, you can increase the percentage of action to be taken in the present to 70%, 80%, even 90% or more. The higher the percentage of action in the now, the faster your goal will be reached. However, there still has to be some percentage in the future óeven if itís just 2%. After all, thatís what makes it a goal. Still, anything less than 60% in the now makes your goal just a wish, a want, and a dream that may never be fulfilled.

Contemporary spiritual teacher Eckhart Tolle says it best:

Thereís nothing wrong with goals and trying to fulfill them ó as long as the main focal point of your attention remains the present moment. Itís like being on a journey and knowing where you want to get to, but realizing at the same time that the entire journey ultimately consists of one step ó the step youíre taking at this moment. That one step is all there ever is, and so you give it your fullest attention. In other words, the step youíre taking now is primary, the destination Ė the goal Ė is secondary. If the destination becomes primary, you will become stressed and anxious and you will miss life. You will suffer, and the destination will not make you happy even when you get there, when you attain your goals.

Picture of goal postDo yourself a favor this New Year. Donít waste your time setting goals if you arenít committed to spending 60% of your action toward your goal right now, in the red, hot present. Whether in business or in your personal life, set attainable goals that you know you can reach, rather than rigid, ultimatum-driven goals that are doomed from the start. Then, follow the 60-40 Rule to achieve them. Take 60% of your action toward your goal today with only 40% of your action remaining for the future.

Remember, you arenít static. Why should your goals be?

Copyright © 2008 by Susan L. Reid

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Dr. Susan L. Reid is a business coach and consultant for entrepreneurial women starting up businesses, and is the award-winning author of Discovering Your Inner Samurai: The Entrepreneurial Womanís Journey to Business Success. If you are ready to take the first steps in owning your business, then get instant access to your own free PDF copy of ďDoing What You Love: Multiple Streams of PassionĒ at 

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