How To Achieve A Life Goal

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There is something that you seriously want to accomplish in your life and it is this goal that consumes your desires for the future. So, how do you go about getting what it is you want?

One Thing Is For Certain
Nothing that you want to accomplish as a big goal is going to be accomplished in a day or a week or a month. The mistake is to see your goal as one that is so huge that you also do not know where to start.

An Example
Years ago, I wanted to complete my graduate studies and was in a big hurry to get on with it. Part of the requirements was a two-year program that also required a thesis.

As much as I wanted to be finished, there were necessary elements to complete over the course of several years - there wasn't a thing I could do to hurry the process.

What it meant for me was to take each day, each week, each month as another stepping-stone to complete. It meant that I needed to be able to appreciate that each new step was a necessary building block to the next and that each was important as the other.

When it came time to start to think about writing a thesis, it looked like a huge task - where to start?

The Easiest Way
The easiest way to start any large project is to make a plan, a plan that would dissect the project into little bite sized chunks so that it would not seem or appear to be overwhelming. This approach to starting to move forward was, as it turned out, to be one of the best teachers for life that I found. It meant that I could plan actions so that nothing ever appeared to be too big or difficult to tackle and complete. The beginning for me was simple - that is, to decide what it was I wanted to end up investigating through the assimilation of data, and a complete review of available material.

The next step turned out to be a real challenge until I realized that the best way to proceed was to write one section at a time, one word at a time. As time progressed, the words accumulated, the paragraphs built, and the chapters written.

Goals Should Not Be Overwhelming
A goal doesn't have to be daunting - it only has to be understood that every little piece supports the addition of other little pieced until the end appears.

Inspirational Quotes for Reflection:
"Your goals must be as specific as possible, with not only details about what you want to accomplish, but how and what you are willing to sacrifice in order to attain your goal." Donald Allen

"I'm always thinking about creating. My future starts when I wake up every morning . . . Every day I find something creative to do with my life." Miles Davis

"The greatness comes not when things go always good for you. But the greatness comes when you're really tested, when you take some knocks, some disappointments, when sadness comes. Because only if you've been in the deepest valley can you ever know how magnificent it is to be on the highest mountain." Richard M. Nixon

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