A person without goals lacks internal direction, like a boat without a rudder. Clear goals account for much success: written and daily reviewed goals count most strongly. You may be thinking about what you want to achieve, increase, maintain, decrease or change completely. Start with the Goal List & go from there:
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How to Realize Goals
A person without goals lacks inner direction. Like a rudderless boat, that person is subject to drift and to all kinds of outside forces. Clear goals are strongly linked to successful accomplishments. There is a basic format that applies across the range of goals. Although the steps can seem obvious, they are often overlooked without awareness and skill.

1. Envisioning Consider a goal you want to reach. You may be able to envision a small or quick goal right away. For a major goal, you may need to listen deeply and wait patiently. Eventually, you will detect a deep yearning to do, be, get or change something. Then you can start to describe your goal's details, importance, benefits and whatever else comes to you. Stay with that desire as you envision where you want to go.

2. Fitting After the end goal is envisioned, the route to it must fit the reality of circumstances. The overall goal can often be divided into pieces that are each easy enough to handle. Start with realistic steps. Allow time margins for delay, missteps and falls. Comfortable margins are especially valuable in new activities.

For success, create the goal or sub-goal so that it is:
Desirable in that you care about achieving the results.
Definable so that you know what it is and when you have reached it. Doable in a way that you can really understand being reached.

3. Clarifying Of course, look over the route again (and again if helpful): “measure twice (or thrice) and cut once.” Writing the plan provides more clarifying support. Written goal steps can promote confidence, follow-through and success. The steps might be as simple as “ready, get set, go!” for starters,

But often one or more goal steps are neglected, while others are overemphasized. People vary in what steps are missed in which areas of their endeavors. Examine your steps to find steps that are missing for any reasons (or excuses from old habits).

Across the range of action, the goal steps of envisioning, fitting and clarifying matter for effective results. Whether in learning languages, communicating ideas, building relationships or performing sports, these general focusing sequences are similar. In your life, think of examples from driving, traveling, selling, dancing and writing where you have used the steps skillfully.

A “can do!” attitude will help with mobilizing energy. Once going in a good direction, the process can gather momentum. Actions added to initial desires and renewed beliefs move the steps toward the goal. The basic steps work -- if we learn and apply them. Setting and achieving even a brief goal (see Quick Goal) is empowering. And confidence grows with success.

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