How to “Rock” Your Results!

August 14, 2012

Entrepreneur Development

I have to admit I’m not exactly what you’d call an “outdoorsy” sort-of gal, unless snow skiing and laying out on the beach count. In fact, my one and only camping trip resulted in a massive rash, sunburn and blisters all over my face. Yikes!

(Rich now knows why I have refused to go camping for the previous 32 years of my life)

So if I’m not outdoorsy, what’s up with the rock?

Well, last week I was speaking at an event, and one of the things that all of the attendees were given, was a rock. It was quite the unusual “gift” for attendees, I mean, you usually only get a pen and a hotel pad!

The gift turned out to be life altering.

Stick with me….

The attendees were told to write their 5-year goals on one side of the rock. On the other side they had to write why they deserved to reach those goals.

Wow!

Many wrestled with their “monkeys” (emotional hang-ups), telling them that they didn’t “deserve” any of the goals. As the weekend progressed, breakthroughs were made that as a result of those rocks. These otherwise highly motivated entrepreneurs began to see that they DID deserve to reach their goals. That was a MAJOR step in the right direction.

I, on the other hand, as a speaker, did not get a rock that weekend, but I vowed to get one once I returned home.

When I got home, I went it search of the most perfect rock, and I found it. It’s the one in the picture at the top of this article. ; ) It was beautiful (so it would look great on my desk), smooth, and most importantly had plenty of space for me to write on it.

I brought it home and placed it on the kitchen table.

Countless times I just sat and stared at the rock, not wrestling with WHY I deserved to reach my goals, but what exactly my goals for the next 5 years were.

(shocking, I know, right?)

Let me explain…

For the previous 5 years, my big, pot ‘o gold, goal was to finally be able to spend more of my time helping aspiring entrepreneurs, as opposed to practicing law all day every day.

On August 1st that goal was met.

Now, that I have accomplished something that I felt was virtually impossible only 5 short years ago, I felt like my life was a blank canvas.

What picture did I want to paint over the next 5 years?

That rock made me think long and hard about where I was headed.

And to be honest, it freaked me out quite a bit to realize that I had no clue where I was headed. I felt like I was driving 90 down the expressway with no actual destination in mind.

How ridiculous is that?!?

For over a year, a colleague of mine kept telling me to write down my goals. For over a year, I told her “next week”.The reality was, I didn’t have “time” to make big goals, I just needed to keep taking action on my daily “to-do” lists.

Yet, as I stared at that rock, I felt like a fool.

How could I actually reach any major goals if I don’t set them?

Was I going to somehow get there “by accident”? Perhaps…

But I decided in that moment, that I would no longer live my life by default. I would live my life by design. I have decided to regularly set goals both large and small, that way I know exactly where I’m headed at any given moment.

Some of you may be thinking…. “aren’t you afraid of “not reaching a goal that you set?”

This may surprise you, but the answer is, “NO!”

I believe that I can reach any goal that I set for myself, and you can too!

So, my hurdle wasn’t a feeling like I didn’t deserve to achieve my goal, or even a fear of not achieving the goals.

The rock showed me that I needed to decide out of the limitless possibilities for my life, which goals I would achieve in the next 5 years.

As I wrote the words in permanent marker on that rock, I felt tremendous clarity…

The clarity was immediately followed by a rash of ideas of how to make those goals happen.

I want the same clarity for you!  So what are you waiting for?

Go play outside and find yourself a rock….it’ll change your life!

If you enjoyed this story or think that a friend could benefit from the lesson I shared, please SHARE this article.  Do you have any special methods of setting your goals? Did you try the “rock” exercise?  If so, I’d love to hear it, so please comment below!

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About Rich and Natasha Hazlett

Natasha Nassar Hazlett is a practicing attorney, international internet marketing consultant and author. Rich Hazlett has more than 15 years of experience in marketing, strategic planning, brand management, advertising production management and sales. He is currently a full-time internet marketer. Thousands of entrepreneurs have been through our course: The Ultimate Attraction Marketing Crash Course. We are also the authors of The Lead Whisperer’s Guide to Attraction Marketing, The Lead Whisperer 2.0 and The Fast Forward Guide To Social Media PPC. Natasha is also the author of Slapped: Lessons from the Internet Marketing Graveyard. We have worked with (and continue to work with) industry leaders like Ann Sieg, Mike Klingler, DiDi Alcheva, Jim (the “Traffic Monster”) Yaghi and others to bring the best information possible to our fellow entrepreneurs. When we’re not helping our fellow entrepreneurs, we enjoy the beautiful Idaho outdoors and on any given weekday or weekend in the winter, you’ll find us on the ski slopes by our house.

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7 Responses to “How to “Rock” Your Results!”

  1. Rachel Williamson Says:

    Natasha,

    Wonderful article. I had not realized that you did not do a rock at the workshop.

    Deciding which goals to shoot for is sooooo important.

    Thank you for your insights. Love the 90 miles an hour with no destination! Ha, ha, ha.
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    • Rich and Natasha Hazlett Says:

      Thanks Rachel! Yup- no rock for me….but I guess that’s good, otherwise I would’ve had my bag searched (oh wait….it was! Thanks to that beautiful glass trophy we won). : ) Definitely a very cool exercise! It was great seeing you at the event, and I look forward to watching your progress!

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  2. Hale Yes Says:

    Natasha. Very nice, you paint word pictures VERY well. I could feel your pain.

    BTW – congrats again for firing your boss, How cool is that. 🙂

    I don’t always do it, but (having been to the dance many times) that I always needed to start setting new goals as I approached my current goal. I really helps to jump start your new goal as you sprint to the finish of your current goal. Trite maybe, but still true.

    You also reminded me a a saying I like: “Shoot for the starts. Even if you miss and hit the Moon, that’s not half bad.”

    Thanks Again for sharing!
    Hale Yes
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    • Rich and Natasha Hazlett Says:

      Awww thanks Hale! Hale YES it’s pretty cool (although my boss is pretty awesome and I have the pleasure of working with him on my schedule!)

      I remember we talked about how you don’t always set goals…who knows maybe this will be a change that both of us can do together…whaddaya say? 😉

      Thanks for stopping by Hale!

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  3. Laurie Rogers Says:

    Natasha, I love your rock story! I have one from that same workshop, and it was significant to me that it was a rock, and not a piece of paper, written in permanent marker, and not pencil/pen. It has some clout – it is like an anchor. It challenged me to really think about where I want to be in 5 years. Now I can look at it, hold it, remind myself. Congrats on your clarity!

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    • Rich and Natasha Hazlett Says:

      Laurie-

      I felt the EXACT same way! Although I wasn’t chiseling it into the stone like the 10 Commandments, it honestly felt as permanent. I think that’s what made things really “stick” for me! It was wonderful seeing you at the Workshop and I look forward to working with you more closely in the TFI Workshop!

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  4. Ruth Narveson Says:

    Funny, I just pulled my rock from the workshop out of my computer bag this morning. It is placed on my desk as a reminder of what my long term goal is. What a great way to stay anchored and build a “rock solid” business.

    Not many people have the awesome opportunity to start with a blank slate and choose the kind of life they will have in the future. Congratulations for working hard and reaching that place in your life.

    I know you will “rock” us all with what you will accomplish. 🙂

    Ruth
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