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Goal Setting: Don’t play it safe!

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The other day we received 2015 goal sheets at work. We were asked to set goals for our personal lives, our departments as well as our company. “Seems like a piece of cake to me!” I thought. “I think of new goals for myself every single day, this should be easy.”

I began thinking and getting excited at what the New Year would bring…

I have goals, lots of them. I have so many goals that I spend a good chunk of my day going through them in my head while I work. I picture myself reaching them- living in my perfect home, I picture the faces of my readers when they nail their commercial auditions with confidence after reading my published commercial handbook, I feel the wind on my face while driving my new convertible with the top down on the PCH, the sight of the animals on my African Safari, the taste of the delicious food in Greece- the list goes on and on.

I dream, visualize and put out my dreams to the Universe so much that my office is decorated with three cut-outs of the homes I want from “Previews International”, an intention board with everything else and I’ve even painted a Matchbox car periwinkle that sits on my windowsill (it looks JUST like the life-size one I’ll get someday).

After I personally thought about my goals, I took out the goal sheet I was given from my boss with a pen and sat to write down everything I had been thinking… to my surprise, I literally drew a blank in my head.

I couldn’t think of one goal that I wanted to write down and share with her.

I was reluctant to write anything because when I looked at that goal sheet, I flashed back to the one I had written the year before. With this memory, not only was I unable to focus on my new goals for 2015, but more than anything, started reflecting on the mostly personal goals that were never accomplished from 2014. What I failed to do was remember the list of goals that I DID accomplish in 2014, which far surpassed those that I didn’t.

We are so hard on ourselves. Of course it would be amazing to accomplish every single goal we set for ourselves in one year. But, if you’re like me, and have over a million goals, that’s probably not going to happen in a year.

Although imagine if you didn’t set ANY goals for yourself for the year? There are many people like this and I, unfortunately, know a few. These people who don’t set goals play it safe and won’t ever be let down by not accomplishing a goal. However, is it better to set six goals for yourself and only accomplish four, or none at all.

You be the judge.

I don’t believe a single person reading this has failed to set goals. I challenge YOU to set more. Set more than you think is realistic. I, for one, don’t believe in the word “realistic”. Whose reality is the right one? Start writing your goals today, it’s never too early. And, if there is a goal you weren’t able to accomplish in 2014, don’t get discouraged, just write it on your 2015 list. I did.

Cheers to accomplishing more than you ever thought possible in 2015.

Lindsay Cooley










Love, Lindsay 🙂

Lindsay Cooley

About Lindsay Cooley

Lindsay's mission in life is to set an example for everyone to believe in themselves and live the life they’ve always imagined! She believes that everyone deserves to be extremely happy, no matter what anyone else says! Shortly after moving to Los Angeles from New York for the SUNSHINE, Lindsay fell in love with the entertainment industry and worked in the Adult Commercial Department at The Osbrink Agency until she was recently scooped up by FORD Models to be an Agent at their office in Los Angeles. At FORD she is able to contribute more of her expertise in fashion, which she LOVES. With a Bachelors Degree in Advertising and Marketing Communications from The Fashion Institute of Technology in NYC, putting people into advertising is a natural fit. Above and beyond submitting/pitching client’s everyday she helps style test shoots, gives personal wardrobe advice and thrives on bringing positivity into any aspect she can. In addition Lindsay loves going to the beach, live music, wine tasting (cab and chard are her faves), spin class, painting and writing!