What is the second commandment of goal setting?

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    Goals expert Gary Ryan Blair discusses how important it is to stay focused and stick with a decision until closure.

    Gary Ryan Blair

    Gary is the President of The GoalsGuy Learning Systems, a highly focused training organization whose mission is to help their clients build and sustain superior performance. They accomplish this objective by helping their clients increase their sense of direction, confidence, and capability in all areas of their personal and professional life.

    Gary believes passionately in the enormous, untapped potential that resides within each person and is committed to providing individuals and corporations with tools of knowledge and skill they can use to unlock this potential. He has developed an entire library of world-class training programs, books and learning resources like the Personal Strategic Plan that are designed to make the heart sing, the mind expand and the spirit soar!

    To support his belief in the importance of goal setting and focus, Gary has established and sponsored two nationally recognized events: Youth Goals Education Week, a unique opportunity for kids and teens to learn about goal setting and its influence on their future, and New Year's Resolutions Week, an insightful series of activities designed to encourage people to set goals for their lives.

    Gary believes that life will not go according to plan, if you do not have a plan. He shares this belief and his unique strategies with school systems and companies around the world such as IBM, NASA, General Electric, Federal Express, Ford and many others.

    In addition to The GoalsGuy, Gary has created the wildly successful got goals?® campaign. It's mission is to inspire people to Be More, Do More and to ultimately Have More from life.

    His personal philosophy can be summarized into two words: Everything Counts!™ He believes in sweating the small stuff, and teaches that every action, word and thought either moves you toward or away from your goals, mission and ultimate legacy; that every moment offers an opportunity for advancement or retreat.

    When Gary speaks and writes, he does so from the heart, with warmth and humor. His unique gift is to speak to an audience and communicate with the heart of each person as if they were alone having an important, intimate conversation. A polished storyteller, he has a way of making the seemingly complex, easy to understand.

    Gary, his wife Erika, son Ryan, and daughter Libby live in Tampa, Florida with their two wonder-dogs Beefcake and Pork chop.

    Host: What is the second commandment of goal setting?

    Gary Ryan Blair: The second commandment is all about thou shall stay focused. Once you make a decision, you've got to stick with it until closure. Now, I believe in a very simple philosophy, it's actually a trademark that I own, it's F-O-C-U-S, the acronym is Follow One Course Until Successful.

    So, the key here is that once you decide exactly what it is you want, you have got to follow through, until you complete it. You've got to stay focused. Now, I told folks that, focus really looks like this, it is 'Moby Dick in a Goldfish Bowl', it's something that's so big, so enormous, so delicious, so appetizing, you can't take your eyes off it and it requires you to pay attention and to not deviate and go left or right and move in any of the direction other than a straight line towards wherever is it that you want and we don't know, that the shortest distance between the two points is a straight line and you get there, by a very intense focus.