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Be careful what you wish for…

Viki Johnston's blog. PING! moments.

If, like me you are kicking off this year with high aspirations and lofty goals, a word of warning...

These things might actually happen!

PING! Be careful what you wish for!

Well yes, you might think, that’s why I spend time planning and considering what I want to achieve in the coming year, so I can do just that, achieve them.

This is all fine and dandy until you find yourself right in the thick of it, thinking “What happened? Why is my life so busy? 

I am achieving my financial/business/client growth goals, but life is so different from before.”

Last year I set my goal to double my income, it was a mighty goal, I had already had a pretty good year in 2022, so I decided to go for it.

And yes, it happened, and in order for that to happen, other things didn’t.

These Ping Post being one of those things.

I did have a great year, and because of that, some things went by the wayside. I got to the end of the year celebrating my success and also feeling a little like I had dropped the ball.

The real issue was that I hadn’t considered the consequences of my lofty goal. After all, there are only so many hours in the day, (and yes, I teach Time Management so I know how to manage my time) I just couldn’t magic up a few extra ones to fit everything else in.

I’m not saying, don’t push yourself or only set goals you know are easily achievable, (I have a great story about my son doing that with a teacher in middle school, ask me about it someday) I am saying look at the bigger picture, by working on a particular goal, what will you, or might you, need to let go of?

Finding a work/life balance is an outdated faith, we should be working toward an integration or harmony, ebb and flow, give and take. When one area of your life takes over, other areas have to back off a while, until it has time to swing back in the other direction, or a new direction.

Consider what you might have to let go of this year, to achieve your big goal.

Less time with family?

Less time on personal growth?

Less time on health and fitness?

Less time on mental wellness?

Or maybe these are some of your goals, in which case maybe you will have to plan to have:

Less time on business development

Less financial freedom

Less time on client development

Less business investment

Of course, you don’t need to give up these things for the whole year. Consider goal setting with a realistic time frame, they could be weekly, monthly or quarterly. You can focus on your goal for a shorter period of time and then flow into another direction, this might feel more like a integration, as you allow yourself the compassion to not achieve everything in one fell swoop.

So, be careful what you wish for, you might just get it, and have to face the consequences.

My wish for you is that you achieve your goals and also find the harmony of getting more than you planned.

Know when you ready to switch it up, to reflect and also be comfortable with what you are letting go of.

Consider your wheel of life and go into this year with open eyes.

I am here to help if you are struggling to identify what is most important.

Drop me a note or book a free 30-minute Exploration call here:

Look at the areas below and identify where you might have to move between them to achieve your goals.

Feel free to change any areas to something that is more personally relevant.

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Viki Johnston, Exelorate

Thanks for reading, I hope this has given you some things to think about and you have some of your own Lightbulb Moments.

I'd love to hear about them.

If you would like some help experiencing them, I'd love to help.

Please share this with anyone you know who loves experiencing Lightbulb Moments.

Enjoy the Ping!

Viki Johnston

Viki Johnston, a Brit who has recently moved to Southern California with her family, is a self-confessed learning junkie. Having flunked out of school at 17, she spent the next 30 (cough) years trying to figure out why learning stuff is so hard. She made it her mission to help others believe in their abilities and achieve more than they thought possible. Now through her coaching and business focused training she helps others to experience the "light bulb moment" and strive to greatness.
Her heroes are Sir Richard Branson and Brené Brown for their inspiration, and her Husband, whom without she would never have been able to live a life full of her own "light bulb moments".


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