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How to Set Goals

Intermediate goals are what keep you going toward your final goals. As you achieve them, they give you a reward, a sense of self-accomplishment.
Gary Player

Most people make one of two mistakes. Either we set our goals too low, or we try to accomplish them too quickly.
Rick Warren

To solve a problem or to reach a goal, you don’t need to know all the answers in advance. But you must have a clear idea of the problem or the goal you want to reach.
W. Clement Stone

Unless you try to do something beyond what you have already mastered, you will never grow.
Ronald Osborn

When you set goals, put a time limit on them. Without it you are normally and naturally lazy and lethargic more often than you want to admit. It’s amazing how much you can accomplish in a short period of time if the pressure is on.
Robert Schuller

Solving Problems

It is a common experience that a problem difficult at night is resolved in the morning after the committee of sleep has worked on it.
John Steinbeck

Sometimes it makes sense to sleep on a problem and not react spontaneously, or out of emotion or anger. But once you’ve calmed down, it’s best to deal with people right away to talk things out.
Rick Pitino

Understand that often when you have searched in vain for a solution to a problem, you can find it by helping someone else solve his or her problem. By the time you have solved the other person’s problem, you will have the insight to solve your own.
Napoleon Hill

The biggest problem in the world could have been solved when it was small.
Lao Tzu

Find the essence of each situation, like a logger clearing a log jam. The pro climbs a tall tree and locates the key log, blows it and lets the stream do the rest. An amateur would start at the edge of the jam and move all the logs, eventually moving the key log. Both approaches work, but the “essence” concept saves time and effort. Almost all problems have a “key” log if we learn to find it.
Fred Smith

Be Flexible

Stay committed to your decisions, but stay flexible in your approach. It’s the end you’re after.
Anthony Robbins

Plans are essential, but I don’t think they require religious adherence. If a plan is working, stick with it. If not, change it.
Robert Dedman

The opposite of quitting isn’t “waiting around.” No, the opposite of quitting is an invigorated new strategy designed to break the problem apart.
Seth Godin

Flexibility allows you to put worry where it belongs – out of your life – because you know that if one path is closed to you, you can find another one to get you to wherever it is you want to go.
Pat Williams

When you fail it’s often not the inherent goal that was wrong or misguided, it was simply that the means to that goal were inappropriate. You must be able to separate your vision from the path to that vision – sometimes it’s just the route you take that has to be altered.
Rick Pitino

The Power of Commitment

No one ever did anything worth doing unless he was prepared to go on with it long after it became something of a bore.
Douglas Steere

There are lots of people with extraordinary natural talent who never make it. There are also lots of people with very average abilities who do. The difference is that the people in the second group have the discipline to persevere and not back down when things get difficult.
Mary Lou Retton

It’s not that I’m so smart, it’s just that I stay with problems longer.
Albert Einstein

The first requisite for success is the ability to apply your physical and mental energies to one problem, incessantly, without growing weary.
Thomas Edison

Somehow over the years folks have gotten the impression that Wal-Mart was just this great idea that turned into an over-night success. But our first Wal-Mart store was totally an outgrowth of everything we’d been doing since 1945 – another case of me being unable to leave well enough alone, another experiment. And like most over-night successes, it was about twenty years in the making.
Sam Walton

Overcome Difficulties

Amid the greatest difficulties of my administration, when I could not see any other resort, I would place my whole reliance in God, knowing that all would go well and that He would decide for the right.
Abraham Lincoln

The more difficult a victory, the greater the happiness in winning.

They gave Him a manger for a cradle, a carpenter’s bench for a pulpit, thorns for a crown and a cross for a throne. He took them and made them the very glory of His career.
W.E. Orchard

Everything is difficult at first.
Chinese proverb

One reason we get so stressed when something goes wrong is that we focus only on what has gone wrong. We wish it hadn’t happened and mumble about our rotten luck. Instead, try reframing a problem situation to see if there is any possible good in it.
Dr. Suzanne Zoglio

Start Where You Are

The question for each man is not what he would do if he had the means, time, influence and educational advantages, but what he will do with the things he has.
Frank Hamilton

Experience has taught me that if I focus predominantly on what I do not have, I am very seldom productive. More often than not, I am frustrated and discouraged. But if I focus only on what I have to work with, I start finding new solutions to old problems.
Art Berg

The lesson which repeats and constantly enforces is, “look under your foot.” You are always nearer the divine and the true source of your power than you think. The lure of the distant and the difficult is deceptive. The great opportunity is where you are. Do not despise your own place and hour.
John Burroughs

What good we have opportunity of doing we should do quickly. He that will never do a good work till there is nothing to be objected against it will leave many a good work forever undone.
Matthew Henry

The only people who achieve much are those who want knowledge so badly that they seek it while the conditions are still unfavorable. Favorable conditions never come.
C.S. Lewis


Money may be the husk of many things, but not the kernel. It brings you food, but not appetite; medicine, but not health; acquaintances, but not friends; servants, but not faithfulness; days of joy, but not peace or happiness.
Henrik Ibsen

Too many people spend money they haven’t earned, to buy things they don’t want, to impress people they don’t like.
Will Rogers

When you manage your money with the conviction that it is actually God’s money, giving becomes a logical, natural part of your total financial plan. It confirms God’s ownership of your resources.
Ron Blue

The faster you try to solve a problem with money, the less likely it will be the best solution.
Mark Sanborn

Until you learn to manage the money you already have, more money will not help. God’s Word teaches elementary principles of self-discipline. You must condition yourself to think God’s way. Manage well what you have before looking for more.
Larry Burkett