You cannot drive a car without traffic signs, a map, or at the very least, knowing where you want to go. A sense of direction allows man to make decisions, assess costs, trade off alternatives, and maintain his keep of mind in all circumstances.
Protect your motivation
are aware of the importance of setting goals in life, but in order to
avoid losing motivation, it is crucial to keep your objectives visible
to yourself. There are four reasons for that:
thinking requires sustained effort: Without reflection and
concentration, human life tends to decay into a succession of events
without order nor enjoyment.
Using your days wisely and making the best
of your life is impossible without long-term thinking. Keeping your
major objectives in front of your eyes enables you to steer out of
time-wasters and keep your serenity.
The invisible resource
Second, the most scarce resource is invisible: Time
continues to flow whether we have a great life or not. In the end, our
days will be gone anyway. The question is how to live them in the best
possible way without stress, worry, and irritation.
Happiness is never automatic. It requires thinking, goals,
action, and progress. Keeping your dreams visible makes you aware of
the passage of time and prompts you to move in your chosen direction.
Beware of random noise
self-confidence wins over random noise: Daily events are meaningless
without perspective. In addition, the random noise of nihilism and
nonsense tends to discourage clear thinking. Maintaining a list of your
goals in a visible place helps you ignore the noise of the world.
Knowing where you are going is a fundamental element of self-confidence.
It allows you to discard what cannot work and persist in what will.
Only by ignoring noise can we put our energies to good use.
steady progress is a major achievement: The term success is frequently
attributed only to spectacular victories. On the other hand, one should
never forget that, behind every major achievement, there are years of
preparation and relentless action.
Place the list of your long-term goals where you
can see them everyday. That is the best manner to remind yourself that
something needs to be done right now in order to keep advancing towards
your objectives. This is also the best way to accelerate your personal development.
You cannot reach your destination without a
plan, a list of actions, and the will to correct mistakes as they
happen. Long-term goals allow man to evaluate alternatives, discard
wasteful undertakings, and learn from experience.
Setting goals in life
is essential, but without constant action, little will be achieved.
Keeping your objectives present in your mind will enable you to align
your present reality with your future achievements.
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