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What are my objectives to reach my goals: Balance

Saturday, May 16, 2020 09:53 | chad pearce

Many of you reading this blog have a military background.  Goals and objectives are very much a part of what we do.  In my last role in the military I was deeply involved in the organization's goals and objectives. It took its toll over time, but it taught me so much.  I am thankful for the foundation the military gave me in this area. As I mentioned in my last post, I am seeking to adapt my approach and execution of my goals post service.  Balance is key. 

I understand the importance of lining out the goals and objectives for my future.  Statistics show that you are 42% more likely to achieve your goals if they are written down.  Interestingly enough, a recent Harvard Business study showed that only 3% of Americans actually had written goals.  

So, I can see why this particular blog post assignment is important as a part of this internship with the DoD SkillBridge program.   It's a great way to capture what my goals and objectives are and sharing those goals with my network is a healthy accountability measure. 

It's an interesting time to capture goals and objectives.  COVID-19 has thrown quite a few things into a tailspin in most all of our lives.  Our health and the health of our family and community is a major concern, followed by our finances, job security and a slew of other things that we once felt so confident about.  Through it all, I am reminded to be thankful for my life.  I lean on my faith and family for strength as I am sure most of you are doing as well.  

So many of us are going through a “shift” in everything we do.  I'll be honest, this is probably the least ideal of situations I was hoping for in terms of timing to separate from the military and transition into my next chapter in life.  I'm reminded of a quote I once heard; “ you can't stop the waves from coming, but you can learn how to surf!” Guess it's time to break out the surfboard and get after it! 

Just yesterday, I had a call with my team.  We were discussing the new business plan for our company and having some tough conversations.  Things are different in the world right now when it comes to business. We were accepting the reality that the way we did things before wasn't the most effective way going forward. Our focus was on looking at ways to “adapt and overcome” with the current obstacles in front of us.  Honestly, COVID-19 or not, you have to be able to adjust.     

This might not be the full mapped out SMART goals or a detailed strategic plan that those who know me are used to...but you know what, I'm good with that.  KEEP IT SIMPLE.

GOAL: Prioritize My Faith 

OBJECTIVE: Start and end each day with prayer/scripture 

OBJECTIVE: Find a new church family in our community (Post COVID-19)

OBJECTIVE: Step outside our comfort zone as a family and participate in activities that grow us as Christians 

GOAL:  Maximize quality time with my family

OBJECTIVE: Volunteer together in our local community on a regular basis

OBJECTIVE: Spend one on one time with my Wife, Children, Mother, Father, Siblings and Grandfather daily. 

OBJECTIVE: Take trips together each month (short and long)  

GOAL: Grow a profitable business that supports Veterans 

OBJECTIVE: Seek out knowledge/training/mentorship from Veteran small business owners/organizations over the next 6 months to finalize my business plan/strategy  

OBJECTIVE: Become procurement ready for federal/state/county contracting opportunities during 2020 

OBJECTIVE: Attend networking events quarterly throughout the year.

Thank you for those that support me on this journey.  Your comments provide great strength.



  • Monday, May 18, 2020 20:27 | Paul Petersen
    Chad, so true with keeping it simple, (the KISS-keep it simple stupid method). Your faith will keep you strong and family is always there for you when others wavier. And as you know through the strong friendships you have gained from your Air Force career; family isn't always blood related. So much can be learned from those old idioms, especially the ones that come from old timers, like me : ) . Remember to always enjoy your time with grandpa and gather all his knowledge he offers.
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    • Tuesday, May 19, 2020 07:24 | chad pearce

      You summed up "balance" pretty well! Its old timers like you that help pave the way for me, I appreciate your idioms very much!

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  • Monday, May 18, 2020 22:46 | Ernest Rock

    I ended my last post with a quote from Denzel Washington and so I think it is appropriate to begin this post with another one from him: "A dream without goals, is just a dream." So true, I think because we all imagine what we want our lives to be like or where we envision or see ourselves tomorrow, often times however the road ahead is riddled with speed bumps and pot holes that so easily derail those plans. An example of this in my career was after it took me 9 years to make E-6 because I just didn't make the effort to study and as my career was getting closer to 20 years I decided I didn't want to retire as an E-6. So I made the decision I was going to study and make E-7 and that was my goal, the first year I tested I missed it by 6 points but I didn't give up and studied even harder the next year and made it by 25 points. When I received notice that I would be promoted it was one of the best days of my life and that goal has put me in a far better situation financially had I not stuck with that goal. Having goals causes us to strive for our best selves and based on your goals your priorities are in the right place so now that you have them written down they are goals to chase and goals chased will be goals fulfilled.
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    • Tuesday, May 19, 2020 07:27 | chad pearce

      I didn't know Denzel was such a philosopher! You have good points, striving for our best selves is what it's all about. When we do that, we positively influence others. You are a positive influence! Thanks Rock!

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  • Tuesday, May 19, 2020 16:22 | Christina Zepeda
    Faith is very important to me as well and I feel is the foundation of all I do and want to do.
    Covid-19 I feel has and will continue to change everything we do & the faster we accept that change & think of how to adapt & move forward vs dwell on it and think of it as frustrating the better off we will be in the long-term.
    When 9/11 happened the world stopped. Traveling was never the same. It’s annoying and time consuming all the things we have to do now vs pre-9/11 BUT it is necessary. For our safety and others safety.
    There’s opportunity in everything. I’ve decided to invest some of my money in some stocks. I’ve started providing moving services in addition to our cleaning services to boost business where it lacked. I’ve come across some contracts for supplies & started providing those too. We just gotta start thinking what’s a “need,” now? And how can we fill that need? How can we adapt & grow?
    Networking every quarter is a start BUT utilize zoom now. Network via some of these zoom calls going on! Networking doesn’t have to be face to face. It can be phone calls, texts, zoom chats, emails to say hi etc Relationship building like you do with your closest friends or family. Post more on social media because right now everyone is on there more than before. I even downloaded TikTok to learn how to use and post with that! Providing short clip videos on “How to,” 🙌🏼
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    • Tuesday, May 19, 2020 16:52 | chad pearce
      Christina, great insight! There is an opportunity in everything! During this internship I've been calling Veteran owned small businesses to discuss B2B opportunities for the ARRC. More people are home answering the phones than usual, which is good. Plus, we all share this same struggle with COVID-19 so we all have common ground. Glass half full, gotta have faith!

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  • Tuesday, May 19, 2020 17:26 | Bob Samson

    You are starting on a new path in life that will be very rewarding to you and your family. Hard work and perseverance will get you to your goals. You already have the discipline from the military so there’s no stopping you !
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    • Tuesday, May 19, 2020 17:48 | chad pearce
      Thank you Uncle Bob! You have always been in my corner and for that I am appreciative. You have led the way as a small business owner in our family, realizing the American dream. Your path has been an inspiration for me personally.

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  • Tuesday, May 19, 2020 22:47 | Vance Jackson
    So much truth to this post. I absolutely agree as I have seen the true meaning of balance in my previous careers and how it shapes your success within any organization. It’s so easy to get wrapped up in a specific problem or issue and then let something else fall by the waste side. Along with that balance, I agree that having a “Vision board” where you write down goals and prioritize things helps keep things in order and helps you stay on track to reach those goals. Love the insight! Keep it up.
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    • Wednesday, May 20, 2020 08:43 | chad pearce

      You know me, my vision board is the white board in my office! The world's problems have been solved on a white board lol. Thank you for the support!

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  • Wednesday, May 20, 2020 13:00 | Crystal Cotton
    HI there Pearce, i am not military but I appreciate all that you do so it is my pleasure to support you in your journey!
    You are better equipped to be out here with Covid-19 than any non-military. You know about mental toughness, setting a goal and executing. You'll be great! I would encourage you to not overload yourself with too much at once. The objective of spending daily time with all of those family members seems like a lot. I would spread those out over the week for extended family. Honestly the toughest part of life for me has been to know what I want to do. There are many opportunities out there. The more specific you can be about what you want to do, what will bring you joy and fulfillment, the easier your road will be. All the best!
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    • Wednesday, May 20, 2020 13:32 | chad pearce
      Crystal, your support is very much appreciated. I'm lucky now that family all lives close, contact can be a quick call or we often all cross paths. It's been nice since I have been away for the last 7 years with different military assignments. I am honing things each day in terms of goals.

      Thanks so much!

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  • Thursday, May 21, 2020 06:51 | Kimberly Aaron
    Great perspectives. There are always opportunities to grow and excel personally and professionally during difficult and trying times such as Covid-19. With you having a map of your goals and your willingness to adjust your sails when the tide changes and be able to communicate that to your team, I’m sure you’ll do well with whatever life throws at you, your family, and your career. It took me having a health scare to prioritize my life goals and finding life balance. It’s very peaceful when you find that place! Be kind to yourself, everything isn’t always black and white. I’ve always admired your drive to excel. Wishing you the very best in reaching your dreams.
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    • Thursday, May 21, 2020 09:13 | chad pearce
      Kim, hello friend! Yes, great point, life can throw things at us at any time (COVID, health scare, ect) and it's best to have perspective and balance when these things happen. You know me....yes, I will try to be kind to myself.

      Thank you for your support!

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  • Friday, May 22, 2020 07:21 | Jim Vogus
    Goals are important. Both as short-term stepping stones & as the final result. But one won’t magically get there; it requires intention. I see that in your post. I see intentional stratification. Focus on the truly important things in life. The things that make a life worth living. Acknowledgement of your relationship with the world around you ( your Christian walk). Appreciation & nurturing of personal relationships ( intentional, quality time with family & loved ones). These appear as your foundation, your rock upon which to build vocational goals. Many intelligent, driven men have ignored this foundation only to achieve “success” at the expense of true contentment. I know you’re keeping the focus. Fly high, Chief!
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    • Saturday, May 23, 2020 15:37 | chad pearce

      I’ve made many mistakes in life and I’ve learned from them. The vocational goals are second this time. I fee more balance with each day. 🙏🏻

      Thank you for continuing support.

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