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Sense of Community

by Marianne Klancke
Certified Professional Coach
Grand County, CO Colorado

Tis the season for all things spooky and unknown. Reason dictates that all figments created by our imagination surely are not real. While at the same time, doubt and fear breed in the dark regions of our minds telling us that we are powerless against all of these conjured, frightful foes.

There are as many concepts of the supernatural, those things that are beyond us, as there are people to conceive them. This same vast variation is evident in the eerie experiences of goal conceptualization, goal motivation, and goal fulfillment. Haunting theories of goal actualization are abundant, but like the supernatural, no one really knows what is real and what is not.

The latest rage exploring goals is the SMART approach. This popular discipline puts your goal of choice to the test, analyzing your desired consideration by its Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, and Timely qualities. The more community members involved in goal conceptualization, the more SMART the group may desire to be.

When working with a group, the devilishly clever approach is to match individuals to the many distinct pieces and parts of their goal project. Apply motivated personalities to the areas of their compatible vision and talents. I recommend taking the time to be SMARTER, adding Energized and Relevant to the various participants’ goal roles.

We can rest in peace knowing that many groups and individuals have, indeed, resurrected their goals by applying the SMART structure. However, as a life coach, I also believe that just as many goals have been buried with this same set of mummified rules.

I have observed that people do conquer their goals without being SMART. Let’s face it; goals are not of this world as we know it. Goals actually originate in our imagination and, therefore, could be considered, as we would the supernatural, outside of the norm and with a process of constant curiosity, creativity, ingenuity, and discovery.

After all, our goal by definition is a focused, desired condition or concept above and beyond where we are now. Goal conceptualization is brought on by a powerful, emotional potion concocted from our discontent of the known and the allure of the unknown. Once tasted, the goal can not be denied -SMART or not.

Do not hesitate to personalize your own goal potion. Specifics and Timeliness may be a monstrous turn off to you. Being Realistic can be the most deadly spell of all. The frightful fact is that goals are becoming dead as doornails at a chilling rate. Goals need neither to be gruesome nor should we be like lifeless zombies, slowly dragging ourselves towards an unfulfilled end. As lively individuals we can choose, chart, and navigate our own path into the fearful unknown of goal actualization.

In her book, “Excuse Me, Your Life is Waiting,” author Lynn Grabhorn, suggests that a law of the universe, the Law of Attraction, can naturally draw you toward any goal you would chose. Her premise is that we are magnetically attracted to any goal state which we create by our own focused feelings. We need not be haunted by our circumstances, but rather, we can invite, by our own emotional vibrations, all that we desire. Now, that’s a bit spooky but the theory does pique my curiosity.

Whether you seek the help of professional goal-busters or go it alone, you will best succeed in all that is significant to you by employing your unique life views. You may be most motivated to fulfill your goals by the SMART formula or perhaps you are absolutely energized towards your dreams by the intriguing laws of attraction. And then there is the goal actualization structure somewhere in between that you creatively customize to perfectly fit your own best-self perspectives.

All or any of these approaches require that you bring your goal conceptualizations, goal motivation and goal fulfillment out of the dark regions of your imaginative mind and apply personal powers to conquer your unknowns.

On a final note, as you travel your goal path, remember to show no fear. Goals can smell fear.

-Marianne Klancke is a certified professional coach and group development facilitator. What are your coaching questions or communication concerns? She welcomes any comments at