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386. High Fives and Forget ‘Should:’ Talking Goals and Resolutions with Scarlett Cole

Scarlett Cole and I talk every month or so, when it’s coffee time for me, and tea or G&T time for her, and this time, we recorded one of our conversations about looking back over the past 10 years, and looking ahead to the next ten. So in this episode, we’re talking about setting goals for the new year, the new decade, and “figuring out the cadence that works for you.” Where do you want to be, and who do you want to be in ten years?

Basically, we want to invite you into one of our mutually encouraging conversations to talk about what’s next for all of us.

TW/CW: discussion of mental health and depression intermittently and specifically at 21:30

Questions we ask:

What has worked for me?
What is missing in my life?
What do I want to become?
Where do I want to be in ten years?

What are you willing to do?
What are you willing to release?

Questions for you!

What’d you do that you’re proud of in the past 10 years?
What do you want to do in the next decade? Tell me! I wanna know!
How do you celebrate success?


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You can find Scarlett Cole on her website,, on Twitter @ItsScarlettCole, and on Instagram @ScarlettCole.

You can hear more from Scarlett in Episode 327. Give Yourself Permission to be Successful: Productivity and Self Honesty with Scarlett Cole.

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  1. Kareni says:

    What a fun interview! Thank you, Sarah and Scarlett.

  2. regencyfan93 says:

    Sarah, you have inspired me to think of what I want to do this year. By 2030, I will have been retired for a few years already. That will be a huge accomplishment in the coming decade.

  3. SB Sarah says:

    Aw, heck yeah! Retirement is a fabulous goal! I’m cheering you on.

  4. Julie says:

    Thanks for talking about “Should”! Last year I worked on kicking “Should” to the curb. It always made me feel guilty and all kinds of negative when I didn’t do something.

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