Goal: Intentionally not achieved

It’s that time of year that most of us abandon our New Years resolutions. I want to share an experience I had in the Fall.

I’ve always been one for setting goals. In 2010 I set only one goal. It was to get my natural skin care line, Little Stinker, into one specific retail chain store. Through out the year I worked to create a relationship with the local store and was excited to learn they were flying out their buyers and would hold one on one meetings.

I showed up with product in hand. Then I had to wait, and wait. My time was scheduled for 12:30 and it was almost 1:30. I had preschool orientation for my son at 2:00 and knew that I could not do both. Sure my mom could cover for me and take my son to orientation.

Fortunately for me, it was an easy decision. The big reason I started a company was to be home with my kids. I didn’t ever want their to be a conflict of interest or have work overshadow my priorities. So, I thanked the local gal for coordinating the meeting but told her I had to be at my son’s preschool orientation.

I left.

Driving to pick up my son, I thought of how that moment was “the moment”. I felt torn because I felt like I’d let my business partners down but was proud that I had made the right decision and not let down my son.

As a business owner, it’s hard to find that right balance. But I have to say, I am still proud of that decision. And now, when I walk into that store and don’t see my product, I smile and feel good about the decision. I know I didn’t fail at my goal.

Somethings can wait and I hope that this Fall we’ll have another opportunity to sell the product.



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Go Adventure Mom’s found, Kathy Dalton, launched Go Adventure Mom in 2012 in an effort to bring women together that love travel and the outdoors. As a former ski instructor, Kathy has taken her love for outdoor recreation and through the power of social media has created a platform to share her passion with the world. As a mom of three, Kathy loves to share her family adventures in Utah, cross-country skiing up Millcreek Canyon, skiing in the Wasatch Mountains, camping in Grand Teton National Park and camping in the Uintas. Kathy has been featured in The New York Times, The Huffington Post, Parents and Parenting magazine. Kathy is a regular contributor to Visit Salt Lake and is a tip contributor on TripAdvisor.

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  1. Posted by Shawn

    Good for you for making the tough decision. Little Stinker is awesome. You will have a lot of opportunities to sell it.

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