Achieving Your Goals with Outcome-Focused Living

“Even if you’re sitting on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there.” – Will Rogers

Choosing to “go with the flow” is a well-regarded strategy in Northern California, and in the minds of many of my clients. It’s often seen as a relaxed approach, a means of keeping options open and delaying the need for concrete decisions and commitments.

Don’t get me wrong. Being in the flow is wonderful – it’s the realm where the extraordinary happens. It represents a deep awareness that comes from “Being with What Is” – a practice beautifully termed by Gil Fronsdal as “Not-Knowing”. To quote Socrates, “The realization of not knowing is the beginning of wisdom.” By practicing this comfort with uncertainty and by trusting in an inherent wisdom that keeps us open, we tap into what Martha Graham dubbed, “The Blessed Unrest”.

Over many months, I have dwelled in this “Blessed Unrest,” learning to befriend radical uncertainty. This practice nurtures comfort with the unknown, and from that, an inner knowing of what is possible emerges. This or something better! What’s beautiful is that we don’t need all the answers to take steps toward a desired outcome.

The popularization of concepts like The Secret and The Law of Attraction have reminded us all that a potent mix of desires, passion, focused intention, and trust is the ultimate formula for manifestation. To effect change and produce tangible results, it’s essential that we concentrate our attention on what we want.

The trick is to FOCUS on the OUTCOME as if it already EXISTS.

Are you ready to create momentum that will lead to optimal results in your business or organization? Do you want to attract more ideal clients? Increase your revenue? Double your income? Transition into a new career? Try the following steps for 60 days, and witness the results yourself:

  1. Craft your goals as affirmations: Writing is essential as it implants suggestions in the subconscious. Use the present tense, with specifics: “It is now March 2023, I have/am….” or “my company is/has….”
  2. Visualize and document your lived reality when you achieve this outcome: Include as much detail as possible to validate achievement. This is a critical step in knowing and seeing that you’ve reached your desired outcome. Read these goals aloud 2-3 times a day—first thing in the morning and right before bedtime is very effective.
  3. Use visuals to support your goals/affirmations: Creating a collage or vision board can be instrumental. If you’re leading a team or facilitating a change initiative, I recommend using more sophisticated graphic template guides from various learning organizations.
  4. Surround yourself with the right people: This means those who will support the achievement of your outcomes and hold you to high standards. Distance yourself from people and environments that don’t nurture your vision.
  5. Get inspired: Dive into autobiographies and biographies of your heroes, living or deceased. I found renewed motivation in my recent re-read of “Think and Grow Rich” by Napoleon Hill.
  6. Immerse yourself in learning: Personal development workshops and seminars are great resources. Some of my favorites are T. Harv Eker (Peak Potentials Training), and, of course, Anthony Robbins!
  7. Vow to Play a Bigger Game: To quote Marianne Williamson: “…we ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented and fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be?”
  8. Maintain a consistent exercise program and balanced, healthy nutrition: Stay hydrated, reduce or eliminate sugar, alcohol, caffeine, and red meat intake. Physical health is directly correlated with mental clarity and energy, which are critical for achieving your goals.
  9. Every moment is a choice point: Realizing this is incredibly empowering. If you find yourself uncertain at a decision crossroad, embrace that uncertainty. As one of my mentors used to tell me in times of anxiety or fear, “Don’t do anything, just be still.” Allow the inner flame of clarity to surface. Then, return to the picture or words of your DESIRED OUTCOME and choose an ACTION that propels you towards your goals.
  10. Have fun with the process and enjoy the journey: Goal achievement is not just about the endpoint. The journey and the person you become in the process are equally important.
  11. Embrace the Possibility: Remember, if it’s humanly possible, you CAN DO IT! Allow this belief to fuel your actions and shape your reality.
  12. Utilizing this strategy is not about shutting the door on “going with the flow.” Instead, it’s about introducing intentionality into the flow. It’s about merging your innate wisdom with a clear, focused outcome to create the momentum you need for tangible, specific results. Try these steps for the next 60 days, and prepare to be amazed at the transformative power of outcome-focused living.


Shera Sever is a leadership consultant, empowering professionals and organizations to reach their peak performance.

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