The broadCAST™ is a monthly weigh in by members of The CAST™ of Epic Engage™.  Independent experts in their own right, members of The CAST™  are asked to answer a question of simple but possibly profound nature. We wholeheartedly encourage you to connect with these experts on their respective expertise and how it might be of service to you.  They each bring great value in service to their work.  With that in mind, we wish you a Happy New Year and offer that the question for the month is:

What is one piece of advice you have regarding setting and achieving goals for 2017?

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I work very hard over the Christmas break to take the lid off my subconscious mind. I try to look at what I would like to achieve in 2017 through a fresh lens and not hold myself back based on past achievements. I will write out a list of 30 things I would like to achieve (Be, Do, Have). This is a lot harder than it seems. But, once I have the 30, I then categorize them into three buckets… A, B and C … based on their importance to me. I force myself to put 10 in each bucket. Once I have the three buckets I take each and I rank them 1-10. The #1 goal in bucket A becomes my #1 goal for the year. I reflect on that #1 goal to ensure I feel the energy from it.  I make very sure it lines up with my purpose. I then go to work on writing a vision for the achievement of the goal.  A vision is me in the present tense already in possession of the goal. I carry around that vision in my pocket and reflect on it as often as possible. I fall in love with the goal and force myself to act as though I already have it. What I have personally found is most other goals on the list happen as a result of focusing on the #1.  I hope this helps.   If you like, you can contact me for a series of worksheets designed to help with this process.
Chris Spurvey is all about the sales mind-set.  Chris is the author of It’s Time to Sell: Cultivatingchris the Sales Mind-Set.  After consciously choosing the sales profession as a means to create a better life for his family, Chris realized that negative images of sales were holding him back. By shifting his mind-set, Chris was able to transform his “inner game” and use his innate values and talents to become a top sales professional. Chris inspires entrepreneurs and sales professionals to deal with the paradigms that hold them back.

Thank you Chris, and WELCOME!  Now…




What is one piece of advice I have regarding setting and achieving goals for 2017? My advice for setting and achieving goals is simply stated with this mantra: Dream Macro, Plan Micro. This very simple mantra has helped me immensely and will be the guiding force for me again this year. This means that my Goals (Dreams) will be big, sweeping, and inspiring. My actions will be small, specific, and purposeful. My analogy for this is inspired by my Sister-In-Law who has been running marathons for years and just recently completed a 50 MILE ‘Fun Run’; when you start your marathon (Goal), know where the finish line is. Then take your first step and begin (action)! One particular resolution that seems to be very popular this year coming year is Simplify. May I suggest, if this will be one of your resolutions, that you use the very simple mantra Dream Macro, Plan Micro to set and achieve your goals this year.

Ray Hollister is all about strength, excellence and potential. In fact, he has a very special connection raywith students – he’s helped thousands achieve average scores of over 90% for 20 years! His love of learning… and his ability to teach anybody the same easy strategies he used to study far less than everyone else while maintaining outrageously high test scores… quickly earned him a lot of ‘friends’ seeking his advice. Ray has personally conducted numerous studies to develop an intense, focused, and  results oriented program for college students. With the success of that program, Ray set his sights on helping younger students in Junior High, High School, and those just entering University. The end result is a program that will help any student – especially YOU – learn more, study less, and earn consistently high grades.


One piece of advice for setting and achieving goals would be to, first of all, take time to reflect on all of your past goals and accomplishments from the previous year. I enjoy doing this as we can often be most hard on ourselves and I always find, in taking this time to look back, that I have accomplished WAY more than I give myself credit for. This gets me excited about the year to come and puts me in the state of mind of doing and achieving. Take some time to set out your goals and intentions for your New Year. I love to use a goal setting calendar to help me with all of my ideas. There is something about a pen and paper that gets me most excited about setting goals. Be sure to set different goals both personal and professional, always celebrate your victories, big or small… either way they are a win… and always be kind to yourself.
JM2Jamie McCabe is all about creativity and connection. She is on a mission to bring people together through art and exploring their creative side at Clay Café Avalon. Jamie became an entrepreneur and opened the paint-your-own pottery studio in 2008 and has seen many memories painted there since then. She works with children and schools where she provides after school art programs. She believes we should color outside the lines more and embrace our inner artist. At Clay Café, it’s not about painting the perfect piece, it’s about painting the perfect memory.


I have opted to offer, in video format, my message for the New Year on goals.   Enjoy!

Joel Sweeney is all about effective communications. He has been speaking, training, coaching and Joel-Sweeney-291x300writing about it for over 20 years. He is the author of The Wedding MC Handbook and Little Helpings of Food for Thought. His third book, The Speaker’s Tool Box – Perfecting the Craft of Speaking, was released in the 2015. He is the owner of Professionally Speaking (established in 1995). Joel helps entrepreneurs and business professional become effective, engaging and confident speakers.


After you brainstorm a list of goals, go back through them and ask yourself one question: why? Why do you want to achieve that goal? If you have an immediate answer, it’s a good goal. If you can’t come up with an answer, leave it off of your list.

Mark Black, CSP is all about wellness and resilience.  He is a Heart blackand Double-Lung Transplant Recipient, 4-time marathoner, resilience expert, speaker, and coach. Mark helps people “Thrive in Challenging Times”. A Certified Speaking Professional, Mark has inspired more than 100,000 people in more than 350 presentations. At 23 Mark faced an unimaginable challenge. His doctor informed him that his heart was failing. Without a rare and dangerous heart and double-lung transplant he would not see his 25th birthday. Three years later, after receiving his second chance at life, Mark ran his first marathon. Mark spends his free time with his beautiful wife and two kids.


When it comes to setting goals for 2017, I suggest carving out some personal time where you can detach from the business of life, put down your phone and clear your schedule… and allow your highest intentions for the year ahead to speak through your vision.  Write some pages in your journal about how you want to feel when you achieve your goals, and what it will look like when you do.  Give yourself a chance to visualize achieving your goals even before you set out to do the work.  It will help you stay focused and aligned with your intentions.  Once you’re clear on your goals, the key to actualizing them is breaking them down into small, manageable steps that you can check off when accomplished.  This will help you keep track of your progress… and it makes for an easy recovery if you ever temporarily lose connection with your intentions.

Sheena Grobb Singer/Songwriter and Speaker… is humbly amazing. “It is without a doubt a masterpiece of songwriting and soundscape. Really incredible, soulful music. She will definitely get a huge audience in time, trust me.” Alex Wharton, Abbey Road Studios. A songbird from the age of two, songwriter at ten, with 3 albums under her belt, a nomination for the Western Canadian Music Awards, Sheenaand over 500 tour dates across Canada, the US, and the UK, Sheena Grobb (one of Canada’s best kept secrets) is spilling over. With the release of her newest album, The Breakless Heart, mastered at Abbey Road Studios in London, and a life changing music video created by Lindsey Nelko (past choreographer with So You Think You Can Dance), Sheena is embarking on her most meaningful project yet – The Living Compassion Project™ – inviting others to “unlock their lives” through sharing their stories… as she begins to share hers.



When working with students and adults, an effective strategy for goal-setting is the identification of individual support systems and resources. Doing an inventory of your personal ‘safety net’ can be quite an empowering exercise for many reasons: it increases thoughts of positivity, gives you opportunities that you may not have otherwise considered, helps you to identify those individuals that may not be supportive of your ventures, and provides quick contacts for you when you may need them most.  A subsequent exercise is to connect with these identified human resources once you have made ‘your list’, inform them of your goals, and request their assistance (or potential interventions if needed). Having ‘morale boosters’, ‘a cheering section’, or a ‘listening ear’ can do wonders in successfully attaining your goals.  Best of luck and ‘chin up’ in 2017…

Trent Langdon is all about building legacy through character education and development. He is a junior high school counselor for 650+ adolescents and is dedicated to serving his students, their Trent for Sitefamilies, and communities.  Trent works on behalf of his colleagues to build identity, protect professional roles, and to give teachers ‘a voice’; currently completing his 2nd term as a member of the Provincial Executive Council of the Newfoundland & Labrador Teachers Association (NLTA) and now as a the incoming NLTA Vice-President for the 2017-2019 term of office. Trent is also a Canadian Certified Counselor with the Canadian Counseling & Psychotherapy Association (CCPA) and serves as a member of the CCPA Ethics Committee (Complaints Division).  And last but certainly not least, Trent is a proud contributor to the Epic Engage team.



When setting a goal, start with the words “I will” and end with the words “no matter what!”.  Then, once the goal is set, focus on the ACTIVITY, not the goal. For example, if the goal is to make $100,000, the activity might be to make 3 phone calls every day. If the goal is to write a book, the activity might be to write 1000 words per day. Focus on the activity so that achieving the goal is inevitable.   To expand on this… choose one goal and really dig into it. Get ultra clear on that one goal. Get clear on why you have set that goal. Turn that goal into a commitment by starting with the words “I will…” and ending with the words “…no matter what.” For example, instead of saying “My goal is to write a book in 2017”, make your goal be “I will write a 25,000 word book about youth entrepreneurship training in high schools, completing my first draft by May 2017 and having a published, printed book in my hand by November 2017, no matter what.” Be specific. Be committed. And get started today!

majeed-square-web-ready-300x300Majeed Mogharreban is all about entrepreneurship.  He owned and sold five successful businesses and traveled to 24 countries before he was 21 years old.  After early success in business, now his mission is to support the next generation of entrepreneurs to make a difference doing what they love. With clients ranging from the United Nations, to start-up businesses, to an Olympic gold medalist, Majeed helps you discover your strengths and your passions so that work is meaningful and fun. His book, Winning At Life, is a guide for young people to make a plan and win at life.



First of all , my wish for you in 2017 is always peace, passion and prosperity.  Secondly, and like Joel, I have opted to offer my message on goal setting and achievement in video style on Facebook Live, rough, raw and real.  Thirdly, you can find a PDF for GREAT Goals here.  I hope you engage and enjoy.  🙂  blg-sing

Barry Lewis Green is ultimately a vocalist, strength coach and educator. His work is about voicing, exploring, identifying, practicing and mastering our strengths and building upon them through practical and powerful unity and resourcefulness.  His book Human Being Being Being Human speaks to that.  and that is why Barry is The Unity Guy™. EPIC Engage™ is an extension of The Unity Guy™. The Epic work is all about building strong, united and inspired cultures lead by character… at school, work and community; where everyone matters and contributes everyday.


  • Discipline is the bridge between goals and accomplishment. — Jim Rohn
  • What you get by achieving your goals is not as important as what you become by achieving your goals. — Zig Ziglar
  • Everybody has goals, aspirations or whatever, and everybody has been at a point in their life where nobody believed in them. — Eminem


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