Last year I wrote a book on goal setting.  I am now in the process of editing that book.  As I edit, I will post excerpts here on my blog.  This is from chapter three:

Pick one goal

I think most of us are a nervous about writing down a specific goal.

We are especially nervous if that goal is a long-term lifetime goal.

We tend to feel constrained by the goal.

The opposite is true.  The goal does constrain us.   

To light a campfire, you must focus.  You need to gather the wood.  You must place the wood in one location.

Then, you must concentrate your fire-starting efforts in that one location.

If you light a match, and run around the campsite, you will accomplish little.

If you focus your fire-starting efforts on the wood in the fire-pit, you will light a fire.

In the same way, choosing to focus on a specific goal gives you focus.

Here’s another example.

I like reading, and I like languages.  I could spend the rest of my life reading and studying languages.  At the end of it all, I may not have much to show for my work.

For a while, I decided to focus all of my efforts on only one language.  I directed all of my focus toward Latin.

Because I focused, I was able to make a name for myself.  Later my efforts in Latin freed up much of my time.  Now, I have the time to study other languages.

Choosing one specific, written goal gives you direction and focus.

Setting a specific goal does not tie you to that goal for life.  You can always change your goals.

I suggest you pick a goal and stick with it for a year or so.  Watch what happens when you focus on one specific goal.

But, first.  Get that goal down on paper.


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