Been There, Seen That Goal

Dyana ValentineToday’s question is from Jodi Womack, who says: “I’ve been there and seen all the tips on goal setting and new year’s resolutions around business planning. Honestly, it feels like kicking a bag of laundry uphill. I need a fresh perspective on stuff (my stuff) that feels stagnant and old. Can you help?

Been There, Seen That Goal from Dyana Valentine on Vimeo.

Here are a few ideas for breathing life into what you know you have to do to keep your business running, especially when it’s feeling like the same old stuff, day in and day out.

Shush up. If you are sick of hearing yourself talk, then listen. Give someone else your list of goals or to dos and have them read it out loud to you. There is something powerful about hearing your own plans, in your own words, spoken out loud by someone else. You get a fresh perspective on them and you might even learn something in the process.

You may hear parts of it or reframe your approach to the ideas. At the very least, you will have gotten them out of your head and out of your private space, which may serve to stoke your fire.

Spice it up. If you are just bored by your list and have a hard time even looking at it, rename your projects, decorate your to do list (sounds corny, but if you are really kicking laundry uphill, wouldn’t you try anything to shake the drudgery?). A colleague and I call our work together (which is kind of technical and falls in the area of my business that gives me mental hives) the GlitterBomb project. Hello! I’m always excited about our calls because even though the thing itself is (was) a bummer for me to think about–working on anything with “glitter” in the title makes my day.

Have more fun together. Get some accountability and use peers and friends to keep you accountable to the stuff that feels like pushing a boulder (warning: there are swear words in this link) uphill. Call, text or email someone (one of your CFC buddies, perhaps?) when you are starting to work on something. Tell them what you are doing and for how long. Then repeat the process and report how it went at the end.

Let me know how you keep it fresh in the comments. Please submit any questions you have to me via email at or leave them in the comments below, and I’ll answer them in upcoming videos. Thank you!

13 thoughts on “Been There, Seen That Goal

    1. Dyana Valentine

      cool, Harry–have you bought the product and used it? What are the key benefits (I can see a lot of the features on the site), for you that make it stand out from other products or a self-designed combo of calendar&to do list? Really curious to hear a detailed report and feel free to throw in what you used before and how your bizlife changed after using GOT. Thanks for the suggestion.

  1. Doug C.

    I’ve never needed goals or even a to-do list. Maybe I’m weird. I spend most of my time networking and marketing. But hey I really enjoyed the video and the “kicking the laundry” comment cracked me up, too. Oh, and Dyna, if you don’t mind me saying, you’re quite beautiful. I’m sure you get that all the time of course.

    1. Dyana Valentine

      hey, Doug: I think weird is good–especially if it works. Just keep rolling like a rock star and don’t look back. If you want to share some of your networking/marketing strategies that work–lay them on us. I LOVE compliments and really appreciate the kindness.

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  3. Doug C.

    The only strategy I have is that I came up with the idea to use an email as a cold call letter. I spent days working on this letter, following the tips and advice I found by Googling around for cold calling tutorials (that’s how I found your site). I figured since I’m unemployed, have no job prospects, and have been an illustrator all my life I could utilize the Internet and my computer to create an online presence and then reach out to possible job prospects in my area (and beyond).

    So far the only productive response I’ve received is one lady who actually wrote me back to tell me she loved my pitch letter. In fact, she said she liked it so much she was inspired to use it as a guideline for her own. Not the kind of business I’m looking for, but it’s nice to know I wrote an effective pitch letter. Usually I hear from most of the people I send the letter to, but there haven’t been any “takers” – not yet anyway.

  4. Dyana Valentine

    Have you ever thought of illustrating a cold call? something on the order of expressing the message: You + Me = A Better World-style illustration that is funny (you have a sense of humor, I can see it on your site) and inviting folks to call you back? I know that when Tim Read of 5 Fingers Creative sent me an illustrated portrait of myself, it made me 200% more likely to refer him, even if I didn’t immediately need his services. You can check out the illustration here:!/photo.php?fbid=1521730955463&set=a.1544355921073.2069593.1000234061&theater