Wednesday, November 26, 2014

How to Accomplish Goals

By Henry Cloud

Life is what happens to us while we are making other plans.  But too often we get overwhelmed...when the obstacles we see standing between us and our goals loom too enormous to tackle:

  • I have never succeeded before, in spite of many attempts.
  • The distance from where I am now to where I want to be seems too great.
  • The goal is just too big.
  • Things are too messed up to have any hope.
  • I don't have the skills.
  • I don't have the resources, like money or help.
  • I don't have the time to accomplish it.

There are other perceived obstacles to success as well.  But when we analyze each of them, we can see that they can be overcome, one brick at a time.

But that is not all of the good news of one brick at a time.  The other aspect is that it does not just apply to specific tasks, like losing weight or paying off a mortgage.  It applies to virtually every human endeavor.

A few superb quotes:

"If you have an hour, will you not improve that hour, instead of idling it away?"  Lord Chesterfield

"Choice of attention--to pay attention to this and ignore that--is to the inner life what choice of action is to the outer.  In both cases, a man is responsible for his choice and must accept the consequences, whatever they may be."  W. H. Auden

"Life is difficult, but those difficulties, when we face them squarely, are often the secret keys to growth and joy."  Edward Grinnan

"Get enough sleep.  The research on performance, success, emotional health & medical health all agree.  It’s not a luxury, it’s a necessity."  John Townsend

"The best preparation for the future, is the present well seen to, and the last duty done."  George MacDonald

"Those who make the worst use of their time are the first to complain of its brevity."  Jean de La Bruyére (1688)

"Wise time management doesn't mean you do more, but more of what matters most."  Craig Groeschel

"Time is more valuable than money.  You can get more money, but you cannot get more time."  Jim Rohn

"When you have a great and difficult task, something perhaps almost impossible, if you only work a little at a time, every day a little, suddenly the work will finish itself."  Isak Dinesen

"Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work."  Thomas Edison

"One of the most important truths of life is that doing things you don't want to do is the only way to get to what you do want."  Henry Cloud

"People who reach their highest goals are constantly saying no to the good, in order to have bandwidth for the best."  John Townsend

"If you want to achieve your goal, don't focus on how far you have to go.  Focus on the next step of getting there.  Just the next activity."  Henry Cloud

"You'll know you are living on purpose when you do things each day that are not urgent, or required that day, but vital to longer term goals."  Henry Cloud

"It's a new day.....what is the one most important thing today for you to get done to move things forward?  Give it highest priority."  Henry Cloud

"Nothing was ever achieved without discipline."  William Barclay

"Taking small steps every day is better than planning big steps and never taking them."  Henry Cloud


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