The indispensable first step to getting the things you want out of life is to decide what you want! It is astounding how many folks drift through life with only the vaguest of goals, a random set of reflexive, Madison Ave induced, often conflicting desires. What little “operating system” is running their life is Beta at best and as buggy as can be! No wonder the results are, shall we say, somewhat sub optimum. As the Buddha said, “If you do not change direction, you may end up where you are heading.”

Even those directed individuals who have some goals rarely have a comprehensive set of goals with written, well thought out action plans for each and every role they have in life (see below) with multiple goals for each role and motivational targets, timelines, and deadlines. Furthermore, intelligently setting direction (i.e. Finding your life’s purpose(s), discovering your passions) is an ongoing process that requires a high degree of self-observation (you’d be surprised when you start to pay attention how what you think will make you happy or content doesn’t really or doesn’t really last, and other, smaller things do! The key is to be witness to your own life and learn how to attract more of what brings quiet smiles and lasting joy).

Journaling is a very, very powerful way to increase your level of self-awareness, to gain perspective, to direct your introspection. Your best self awaits you, please do not keep it waiting!

Closing Quotes:

“He who chooses the beginning of the road chooses the place it leads to.” – Harry Emerson Fosdick, 1878-1969

“You will never win if you never begin.” – Helen Rowland, 1876-1950 (You don’t have to be great to start but to be great you have to start!)

“So many fail because they don’t get started – they don’t go. They don’t overcome inertia. They don’t begin.”  – W. Clement Stone, 1902-2002

Six Major Roles:

– Career/Financial
– Family/Personal
– Physical/Health
– Education/Mental
– Social/Community
– Spiritual/Creative 

As always, I share what I most want/need to learn. – Nathan S. Collier