Goals: Getting to "There"

Ah, but if we're not sure where "there" even is, it'll be pretty hard to arrive, won't it? Thus, the vital steps of clarifying and pursuing goals, which some of us may less than a free ride. We may also find that the sooner that "ride" begins, the better. Why? For one thing, because not as much time remains for us as once seemed to stretch far ahead.

             No Time Like the Present

So okay, well-thought-out goals can be useful. And perhaps you already sense that, with a few of those (and some time and "space"), you could score "bigly" yourself. But you have to actually set them, tiger, which is what I urge you (perhaps presumptuously) to do without delay. I also urge you to then begin pursuing those dreams and objectives.  

But whether you do or do not, the big clock will keep ticking away. Then, perhaps one day it really will be too late to be, do, or have some of those things you’ve been putting off. Or to be, do, or have some of the things you didn’t even realize you wanted.  [BTW, some serious thought about what YOU want for yourself might reveal more of those than you had previously supposed...]

Getting to the Prize...or Not

When your destination is firmly set, a powerful but often overlooked tool stands ready to assist: small steps, even a single one of which can kick off (and/or maintain) a process leading you forward. But alas, people sometimes find such steps hard to take seriously because they seem so...well, small. And not only small, but perhaps pedestrian as well—far too lacking in the grand gestures, the drama and irrevocable acts that some may expect Change to entail.

Unfortunate as well? The procrastination that often ensues when people believe that meeting their goals will require such behavior...or when they allow others to deflect them from those goals (see Hanging In). Is that going to be your story?

Not if you lay out a plan and start working through the steps; not if you behave like a turtle on a mission. Just do what it takes to get the job done, step by step with maybe a leap or two now and then when the Turtle glimpses champagne or maybe chocolate(!) at the finish line. Slow-and-steady win lots of races, but an occasional sprint can also aid the cause.  ;-) 

  How hard is that?

You get to call it: whether hard, easy, or in-between will depend upon your target, your circumstances, and how you choose to play your game. If you could use some support at any point during that "game," perhaps consider seeking it out. You might be surprised at the ways a little help can speed things along. Meanwhile, though, take even a single step that feels like progress. Then, take another and another, always remembering that getting there can sometimes be half the fun!

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