Plot Your Course for a Successful Year with a Goal Mandala!

Lela Barker



For the last decade, I’ve been slogging away in the entrepreneurial trenches. During that time, I’ve learned innumerable lessons about life, liberty and the pursuit of an empire. I’ve been on television and splashed across magazines. I’ve sat in thatched roof huts in West Africa and been flown to Dubai for press junkets. I’ve also had my ass handed to me on a plate. More than once. If those experiences have indelibly burned two things into my brain, they are these:


A: An entrepreneur’s empire-building efforts are inseparable from every other facet of her life. Your entire being is interdependent and intricately woven together.


B: When you set your entrepreneurial boat out to sea, it’s going to move. Whether you’re in control or not- thanks to the winds and the tides- that sucker is going to be in motion.


So you can surrender yourself to mercy of Mother Nature or whip out a compass, chart your navigational path and go full steam ahead to Success Island. Your pick. But I’m uber-confident that you want to be the captain, yes? Enter the Annual Goal Mandala.


In Buddhism, mandalas are geometric figures which represent the universe. At Lucky Break Consulting, they’re wheels that represent the path you’ve charted for your life + empire.


Step 1: Look first at the box on the top left. Meditate on how you want to feel as 2014 draws to a close. Empowered? Peaceful? In control? Respected? Successful? Fulfilled? Whatever it is, jot it down right here. Be as specific as possible. The rest of the Goal Mandala should be built in to support and facilitate these emotions. They’re the actual end game. The Holy Grail, if you will.


Step 2: In the next two boxes, write a few reminders to yourself. Make simple plans for what you will and won’t do in 2014. I vow to take better care of me. I vow to get control of my empire and ride it so Success Town. I refuse to listen to negative self-talk. I refuse to let fear hold me back from my dreams. You get the idea…


Step 3: Look at each wedge of your Goal Mandala and define a short-term, mid-term and long-term goal for each area. I’ve inserted some deadlines to keep you on the straight and narrow. I like action and we all need momentum.


Health: Mind + Body + Energy

Establish a more regular sleep cycle. Exercise regularly. Lose 20 pounds. Get control of an addiction. Eat better. Wheatgrass shots every morning (better you than me).


Environment: Your Physical Space + Possessions

Establish goals that transform and empower your dwellings and things. Reign in the clutter. Consume less. Live more simply. Keep the house a bit tidier. Find a new home.


Business: Your Empire

If you’re working a traditional gig while building your business, then restrict this wedge exclusively to your empire-building efforts. What tangible goals have you set for your entrepreneurial adventure?


Friends + Family: Interactions With Those You Love

You can’t make goals for someone else on your mandala! This wedge should focus on you. Mend a torn relationship. Weekly game nights with the wee ones. Regular date nights with the Mister. Once-a-month wine soirees with your girlfriends. In that case, may I be invited?


Spiritual: Religion + Mindset + Daily Infusion

Whether or not you’d dub yourself “religious”, we’re all spiritual beings and connecting with the divine should be a regular gig, no matter what form your divine takes. Attend church services more regularly. Meditate daily. Yoga twice a week. Journaling. Weekly nature walks. You name it…


Financial: Both How You Interact With Money + Financial Benchmarks

Balance your checkbook monthly. Save $6,000 this year. Pay down $6,000 worth of debt. File all those quarterly tax returns on time. Feel in control. Score a line of credit for your business.


Remember to make your goals SMART:

S – Specific
M – Motivational
A – Attainable
R – Relevant
T – Trackable


Now, tape your completed Goal Mandala to your bathroom mirror, refrigerator door, etc. Someplace highly visible and hard to ignore.


Step 4: Immerse yourself. Infuse those goals into your being. Build the empire and the life you’ve always imagined.




If you feel so inclined, I’d love to hear about your plans for personal/professional/world domination in the coming year. Leave a note in the comments and let us know what you’ll be up to!


About the Author

Lela Barker

Lela Barker hails from the deep-and-dirty south (ATL, represent!), where she spends her days helping makers and product designers navigate the pitfalls of product pricing, brand development, and wholesale strategy. She launched her apothecary brand in 2003 and bootstrapped the hell out of that little business to cultivate a portfolio of 1500+ stockists worldwide, generating $12million in revenue and establishing successful distributorships in the Middle East, EU, Scandinavia, and South Korea. Lela is the keeper of a well-worn passport and the maker of the finest lemon meringue pie you’ve ever put in your mouth.

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