Think about your long-term goal and decide what one thing you can do this month to make that happen. This requires that you cut through what may have become a nebulous ball of fuzzy goal somewhere out on the horizon and whip it into shape. Your goal may have gotten wrapped in layers of sub-goals which may have been transformed into many items on a TO DO LIST. The TO DO LIST is a daunting scrap of paper that multiplies into daunting scrapS of paperS that are then transformed into bookmarks, coasters for coffee cups and wads of paper crammed under table legs to make your workspace stop wobbling. This is all very scientific so please try to keep up.
Once you’ve decontaminated your home of all those LISTS, you can get back to what you wanted to do in the first place: zero in on your GOAL, the ONE GOAL. So, lists eliminated, fuzzy-ball-of-goal whipped into shape, you’ve got the GOAL in your sights. Now think of one thing you can do each day to get closer to attaining that GOAL. One thing that will bring you towards THE ONE THING you are working for. And do it. It can be the same thing every day or a different task each day. Just be sure to do at least one thing a day that works towards THE ONE THING.
Now, this really does work like a scientific formula BUT there is one snag. When you relocate your GOAL, you may need to adjust it (it did fuzz out on you after all). You may be a tiny bit afraid of it (why else would you have let it get lost under piles of lists?). But that’s okay. It’s your goal. You’ll reacquaint yourself, modifying it to reflect all your experiences since last you met and it won’t seem scary at all. How did you let that happen? You will laugh!
Let’s turn to the wise ones for a little inspiration and encouragement.
He who would arrive at the appointed end must follow a single road and not wander through many ways. – Seneca
Do one thing every day that scares you. – Eleanor Roosevelt
If you have an hour, will you not improve that hour, instead of idling it away? – Lord Chesterfield
(Easier said than done. Lord Chesterfield didn’t have the internet.)
Our plans miscarry because they have no aim. When a man does not know what harbor he is making for, no wind is the right wind. – Seneca
(Seneca again? Well, at least he makes a point and sticks to it.)
(Yogi keeps it simple.)
If you don’t know where you are going, you’ll end up someplace else. – Yogi Berra
The more you say, the less people remember. – François Fénelon
(OKAY! I get it. I’m done.)
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