ITA #28 – Goal Setting Part 2 – How to Make Your Goals HAPPEN

By January 16, 2014Podcast

You have goals. Now what? In this episode of the Inspired To Action Podcast, I’ll show you some powerful ways to make it easier to make your goals happen. If you haven’t already listened to Goal Setting 101, I recommend you do that first. You can listen to it here.

Goal Setting 101- Let's Rock 2014

Key Takeaways from Today’s Show


In the last part of this series, we talked about the importance of making our goals SMART. Today I talk about how our followup needs to have HART. Cute, huh? The SMART idea belongs to Paul J Meyer, but the HART acronym? All mine, baby.

I’m a poet and I did not know it.

(I want you to know I tried really hard to include an E, but it just didn’t work out. So to all Type A people, I’m sorry.)

Moving on.

So what does HART stand for?


It’s relatively easy to set goals, but making them happen is much, much harder. Adding these four elements to my goal follow through has made a huge difference in my focus and success. It has also helped me to overcome some obstacles that had been holding me back.

Quick Tips

Here are some of my favorite apps for getting things done. All of these apps are free (with optional paid features), most have versions for the web and mobile devices (all except 30/30). I use these daily.

Evernote – I use Evernote for everything. I especially love it now that you can add reminders to things like my weekly review note. I use it for most of my writing and planning as well.

Wunderlist – this is a great to do list.

30/30 – I love, love, love this app. It’s a little quirky and different, but the idea is that it allows you to plan out your day and associate times with each task. Then, when you hit play, the clock starts running. It really helps me to stay on track and not wander off on rabbit trails.

Lift – I’ve just started using this app, but I think it looks like a great app for habit building.

Need a refreshing weekend getaway and some motherhood inspiration? The MomHeart Conference, hosted by Sally Clarkson is one of my favorite events of the year. I’ve attended every winter since I first heard about them. It’s a wonderful time of teaching, encouragement and chocolate. I’ll be attending the Dallas event, I hope to see you there!

Love the song in the outro? It’s called God Day. It’s by Jen Stanbro and you can get it on iTunes by clicking here and check out Jen’s site by clicking here.

Take Action Now

What is one goal you’ve set for this year? What habit are you going to start to help you reach your goal? Click here to share your thoughts.

How to Listen to This Podcast

If you’re new to podcasts, think of them like little radio shows that you can listen to at your convenience. They are perfect to listen to and learn from as you workout, fold laundry, wash dishes or conquer the world.

1. Listen right here on the blog. Click through to the site and click the little play button at the beginning of this post.
2. Listen on your smartphone, iPad or iPod Touch – There are a lot of great podcasting apps. Apple has a free one in the app store, but I like one called Downcast. It allows me to search for shows, subscribe to them and even speed up the audio.
3. Subscribe to the Podcast – just click here to access the podcast in iTunes. You can also search for it on your smartphone app (like the ones listed above) and subscribe.

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  • Loved this one Kat! Keep up the great work – this is one eager listener over here!

    • Avatar Kat says:

      Yay! Thanks so much for the encouragement Aprille. I’m thrilled you’re enjoying the podcast. Let me know if there is any topic you want me to cover or person you want me to interview and I’ll do my best to make it happen.

  • Avatar Laura sandoval says:

    I don’t have kids yet but will apply all your teaching when I do 😉 I love your podcasts, they very inspiring 🙂

  • Avatar Tehila says:

    Oh, dear friend! This was so wonderful. I’m so glad that I made the time to listen to this podcast, and already ran my 1 minute this morning after I heard the first part of your talk! 🙂

    I want you to know, that even though we have not (yet) had a lot to do with another, you are an inspiration, and someone I greatly admire and look forward to connecting with more in the future! 🙂

    God bless you, dear sister! xx

  • Avatar Jane in Philly says:

    Hi Kat!

    I love your podcast both here and at Home Fries with Tsh. (btw, just noticed that the “button” for her blog/podcast hasn’t been updated to reflect the name change.) I love your passion to encourage! I wish you were here on the East Coast; I would love to spend a lazy morning over brunch with you. You are so helpful in all your practical ways. Thanks so much! Keep fighting the good fight!

    • Avatar Kat says:

      I’m so glad you’re enjoying the podcasts! A lazy brunch sounds lovely…if I ever find myself over on the East Coast. And thanks for the heads up about the logo. Have a fantastic weekend with your family.

  • Avatar Alissa says:

    I’ve been listening to your podcast for awhile on my drive home from work because they remind me of how I want to be when I get home to my girls. I just had to comment on this episode because the HART acronym is so excellent and has been stuck in my head all day as I go about my tasks. I love the practical advice you share and the interviews with interesting people.

  • Avatar Julie says:

    Maybe it could be hart like a deer? Like running after our goals with strength and sure-footedness?

  • Avatar Emily says:

    Wanted to say thanks for a while, for this goal setting series, Kat! I always struggle with coming up with a plan (or just finding the time and mental space to think about planning & goals). But your reminder to have “action as our default” was so helpful, because while I don’t have a completed list of goals, I’ve already started implementing at least a few that I know I want to accomplish, rather than waiting for the “perfect” plan or schedule. I look forward to checking out the apps you’ve recommended here. A great resource that I found very helpful (that ties goal setting to time management is an ebook called “Tell Your Time” by Amy Lynn Andrews. Another book I stumbled upon last year, called 18 Minutes, has been interesting too and has useful points.

  • Kat, I just finished listening to your podcasts on goal setting. A-Ma-zing! I love your podcasts. I love your clarity, and simplicity. You’ve taken something that has always seemed so overwhelming and paralyzing and broken down into something doable.

    I’m that all or nothing girl! I either go 100mph or 0. Thanks for giving me permission to ramp up slowly to build up consistency. No wonder I’m so inconsistent. I usually burn myself out! I want to thank you so much for I can tell you that your podcasts are not only going to help me, but I’m going to use it to help my children and my clients.

    I’m in the process of writing an e-book to help parents help their children live out their life’s purposes. Can I include some of your suggestions? (of course I would give you credit for your ideas)

    Keep being awesome!

  • Avatar Sandy says:

    I just came across your site for the first time today. I like it. I’ve heard of SMART goals before but have never heart of the HART goals. I especially like the idea of tenacity. All too often I start a goal and end up fizzling out. Attacking the goal with tenacity would help me to accomplish more.