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Parenting Impossible – The Special Needs Survival Podcast


Dec 29, 2021

In this week’s podcast, Annette speaks with Attorney Tracey Ingle and speaker, coach, and Psychologist Dr. Sarah Reiff-Hekking about setting goals for yourself for the new year.  Tracey is the founder of Ingle Law and works with clients to create their estate plans and plan out the future.  Sarah is the founder of True Focus Coaching Inc and works with clients to transform their lives and businesses.

Setting goals can feel overwhelming for some people.  Some may not be able to visualize their goals or be able to think of goals in the long term rather than short term.  The first thing Sarah mentions to people is to NOT do resolutions as they are really only a will power thing and will only get you so far.  You should create a completed vision of your goal – what will it look like when you reach it?  Once you have that in mind, you work backwards to create the steps to get to this goal.  This does not have to be figured out right away.  You will want to break it into smaller pieces and spend at least 5-10 minutes every so often working on some of the details to get you to your goal.

Another important key is to pick only one or two goals and make them realistic.  Most of us including those that are caregivers, are already too stressed and pushed to their limits. Adding a huge list of unrealistic goals to accomplish is a sure way to chip away at your personal energy and motivation levels.  Don’t try to do it all yourself.  Delegate if possible.  You may find someone that would love to do that task for you or maybe someone will have an easier and quicker way to do it.

Tracey uses systems with her clients to keep them on track with their estate plan goals.  There are clear steps as to who does what next and by what date.  Keeping clients on track and moving toward their goals keeps the momentum going.  Tracey even sends out congratulations cards to clients when their estate plan goals are met and are complete.

Annette, Tracey and Sarah all agree that getting support and asking for help is important.  It is human to get stuck and need assistance.  It is not a sign of failure and not a sign that you are not good enough if you can’t do it alone.  Sarah leaves us with the thought that “Success never happens in a vacuum.”

If you would like to contact Attorney Tracey Ingle, you may find her on her website Ingle Law, as well as on Facebook and Linked In. 

Sarah Reiff-Hekking can be found at True Focus Coaching Inc, on Facebook, Twitter and Linked In

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Annette Hines has been practicing in the areas of Special Needs, Elder Law, and Estate Planning for more than 20 years. Ms. Hines brings personal experience with special needs to her practice and podcasts as the mother of two daughters, one of whom passed away from Mitochondrial disease in November 2013. This deep, personal understanding of special needs fuels her passion for quality special needs planning and drives her dedication to help others within the special needs community.