This month, Rayna, our daughter, graduated from cosmetology school. It
was a very special weekend celebrating her accomplishment. Like we all often
experience while pursuing our goals, she had so many ups and downs during her
18 month journey. There were obstacles to overcome and challenges to hurdle, in
order to complete the requirements.
Sometimes, especially when working as an entrepreneur, direct seller
or home-based business owner, we realize we are lost and
have to find a new path. Goals met often include a lost and found
journey. Rayna went through an elimination process before deciding to become
a hair stylist. She spent a year at two other colleges before
discovering a career path that excited her. She understood how important
it is to find work that you love and are passionate about. Identifying this
goal was only half the battle; she would now have to reach it!
Working both days and nights - between school and her job - required a
rigorous schedule with many sacrifices including the ultimate: moving
back home. Three moments were illustrative about the goals we set for
1. Go - Go After Your Goals
The closer we get to our goals the more effort, action and energy we are
willing to put forth. Rayna
came home from school a few weeks ago and shared how she did a pedicure. She
really dislikes doing pedicures. It was interesting to watch her make
sacrifices as she moved closer to her goal. Luckily Rayna specializes in
hair cutting, styling and color. Are
there certain actions that you might not be willing to do at the start, however
as you gain commitment and see your finish line; you might be able to conquer?
2. Grow - Grow Your Conviction, Picture the
We must picture our paradise before we can pursue it. Picture the goal
accomplished in your mind to find your motivation.
During her celebration dinner, Rayna grinning ear-to-ear said,
"Oh... I am so excited I have dreamt about this day for so long, I can't
believe it's finally here."
To keep herself motivated, she pictured the reward over and over, in
vivid detail. What
difficult goal are you challenging yourself to achieve? Can you picture a
paradise that propels you to pursue it?
3. Gusto - Give others permission to
'push' you to reach your goals.
One of her favorite teachers wrote a congrats card to Rayna and said,
"Thank you for letting me 'push you' to reach your goal.
By sharing her goals with others, accepting encouragement and meeting
personal challenges, Rayna graduated with confidence in her chosen areas of
expertise. (Color and hair cutting) Rayna's favorite teacher was not someone
who let her off the hook easily or settled for anything below Rayna's
best. She was someone who coached her to strive for
excellence, and to demand more of out of her.
Rayna proudly said, "I have never completed anything like this
before. I am so happy with my choice and I feel like I can do hair
forever." She understands that her craft has everything to do with helping
others to feel good about their personal appearance, building their self-esteem
and offering stellar service. She takes her work seriously.
Who are you permitting to push you towards your goals? What
support system do you have to help you achieve your goals? Are you
allowing your manager or upline to 'push' you to be your best? Do you have
someone who will NOT let you off the hook too easily? Who helps you strive for
Because Rayna had a successful internship, she was hired full-time at
the salon. Her career commences this June. Initially she will be
assisting and looking for models before they promote her to her own chair. If
you are near
Ohio, and would like to go to her
salon, email me
for details. She does my hair and I am thrilled with the results.
With these three pointers in mind, go after your goals with
If you would like to get some small group
coaching and support to help you organize your time and
communications and get greater gusto toward reaching your goals, join
me in my next webinar teleclass program, learn more and register for
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If you would like to get your hair cut, email for Rayna's
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