“Setting goals is the first step in turning the invisible into the visible.”
“People with clear, written goals, accomplish far more in a shorter period of time than people without them could ever imagine.”
“It's shown and proved that hard work pays off. Make goals, achieve them and replace them with new goals.”
The following is a conversation I had with the Muse: (The questions and replies from my Muse are in bold.)
Muse, I have an idea that I want to share with you. I was thinking about my goals and I realize I have a lot of them. But tonight I thought, “What if I had just one goal and everything else I did was either a means to reach that goal or it was a distraction that needed to be dropped?”
What would that goal be?
It would be to buy the house near the beach.
Why that goal?
That goal would represent the culmination of several other goals. If I have reached this goal, then I have probably also reached my financial goals and my professional goals.
How would you reach that goal?
Most likely I would need money.
How would you get that money?
I would have to break this goal into several objectives and tasks.
What would you have to drop from my life in order to achieve this goal?
I probably wouldn’t have to drop much, if anything at all. The trick would be to be vigilant and constantly ask myself, “Is what I’m doing contributing towards my goal in some way?” If the answer is no, then I would have to either curtail that activity or drop it altogether.
Is there anything that could prevent you from reaching this goal?
The things that would prevent me from reaching this large goal are the same things that prevent me from reaching smaller goals – fear, distraction, negativity (mine or others), laziness, or any other form of lack of determination.
What if you don’t attain this goal?
I will keep working towards it until I do.
What if you do attain this goal?
I will do at least two things. I will literally go down on my knees and thank God. Then I would create a new goal.
Why are you sharing this with me?
When I get this house, I plan on spending most of my time there alone with you.
What do you want from me?
I want all the ideas you can give me. I know you won’t usually give me ideas until or unless you see me working, so keep inspiring me to work hard. Help me stay focused, especially when my work seems futile or not getting the results I want.
When do you want to reach this goal?
I would like to reach it by May of 2015. That gives me a year and a half, a reasonable amount of time.
When do you want to get started?
Tomorrow, when I wake up.
Then go to bed, child.
Okay. Tomorrow I will Get Started and Keep Going.