1. Set Goals.

You will achieve your grand dream,

a day at a time,

so set goals for each day,

not long and difficult projects,

but chores that will take you, step by step,

toward your rainbow.


Write them down, if you must,

but limit your list

so that you won’t have to drag

today’s undone matters into tomorrow.


Never allow your day to become so cluttered

that you neglect your most important goal –

to do the best you can,

enjoy this day, and

rest satisfied with what you have accomplished.

Never again will I greet the dawn without a map.


Setting goals can be quite complex. Check post 1a. “More on Setting Goals” or my page “Goals” which include a 20-step process that will help you get started. Your approach may be different. It might be as simple as:

Goals should be:

  1. specific and measurable, otherwise they are just dreams,
  2. short-term, so you can measure them daily or weekly, and
  3. monitored and reviewed regularly, once again, daily or weekly, in order to determine if changes are needed.

There I’ve said it! That most important word – “change”! We can’t avoid it. Wouldn’t it be great if we welcomed it and planned for it rather than being forced into it by others or a crisis  There needs to be an update, a post, a page or a new blog devoted to change since it shows up in many of these rules.

At some point, as you wrestle with priorities, you may find your priorities and subsequent goals can be grouped into “areas” of your life. What are these “areas”? That could be a topic for another blog, perhaps entitled lifestyle or life strategy.

If you don’t know where you’re going, when you get there you’ll be lost.

Yogi Berra

Cited in Even More of the Best of…BITS & PIECES

And possibly my favourite quote of all, by Robert Browning:

“Ah, but a man’s reach should exceed his grasp, or what’s a heaven for?”

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