Do you remember those old cartoons, with the coyote chasing the speedy roadrunner?

If the coyote had stopped for a moment, he might have caught that "beep-beep"-ing

We all have roadrunners in our lives, a goal that seems to escape them.

If you slowed down, cleared your desk, turned off your cell and took some time off from all your chasing, you might see a better, smarter path to catch your roadrunner.

On the other hand, you might even see you don't want to catch that roadrunner anymore. You got so used to chasing your it, you forgot why you wanted to chase it in the first place. Or maybe now that it's 2010, you've learned that ferret-chasing is more relevant to you!

To help increase your success in 2010, take some time to consider the following:

1. What are your deepest passions, values, immediate goals and long-term life goals? Is your roadrunner still something that fulfills these, or is it a ferret you need to be chasing? 

2. Remember: If at first you don't succeed, you're doing something stupid. Ask yourself: "Yo! What am I doing wrong?" Edison said he didn't make 10,000 mistakes on his way to making the light bulb. He garnered 10,000 lessons. What are your 10,000 lessons?

3. Learn who's had the most success in lassoing their own roadrunners and talk to them. Better still, is there a Roadrunner Catching Society you can join?

4. Do you need to plan on how to catch your roadrunner? If so, what steps do you now need to plan for until you're that much closer to your goal?

5. Quiet down. Relax and listen for those "beep-beeps" the roadrunner is making. When you're so busy running around, you can't hear those oftentimes obvious "beep-beeps" that tell you exactly where and how to snag your roadrunner.

Are your goals for this year the same as last? What sort of goals are you setting for yourself, or are you tossing out the idea of goals altogether? Share your thoughts!

Karen Salmansohn is a best-selling author known for creating self-help for people who wouldn't be caught dead reading self-help. Get more information on finding a loving happier-ever-after relationship in her book Prince Harming Syndrome.

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