The Goals Guy
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.
Keeping New Year Goals
Goal expert Gary Ryan Blair explains how to make and keep your New Year’s Resolutions and shares the most common resolutions people make.
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Gary Ryan Blair: Every time you state a resolution, it needs to be specific, measurable, and time-bound. What that means is it's not enough to say that this year you resolve you're going to lose weight, or stop smoking, or make more money and pay-off debt. As specific target, your mind operates best with precise instructions, so state it clearly. Second, measurable, you need to be able to make sure that you know on a day-to-day or a week-to-week basis if you are advancing forward, so you got to have some type of measurement accountability system built into it. And third, most important, you need a deadline, and what the deadline does is it forces you to perform and really get busy to take action and that's really what you need to do.
Once you've made a resolution, you really have to focus on what are the disciplines in order to keep it. You've got to continually repeat to yourself what it is again and again, and again. Then, reinforcement; what you will find throughout every given day, you have an opportunity to reinforce your commitment to the original resolution, so reinforcement. The third component in this whole process is renewal. Renewal is taking time to relax, get more energy. So there has to be an equal distribution of energy expenditure, and energy renewal. You've got to identify what you want, you've got to go after it with complete confidence and gusto, and you also have to give yourself an opportunity with which to recharge and re-energize.
What happens is that people make resolutions and they don't take them seriously, and then they end up quitting on them usually within a couple of days, sometimes even the same evening when they've actually made them. The problem with that is quitting, making excuses or coming up with some type of a convenient alibi is not a really good way with which to start off on a fresh sleeve, and that's really what New Year's Resolution is all about.