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Thursday, May 20, 2004 10:38 AM
The Forum: Goooooal!
Kate Yandoh on Life

This morning, I heard about a woman who wakes up at night with exciting ideas for her job that she can't wait to implement, takes frequent adventure vacations from the Himalayas to the Everglades, and just found a mountain home for a reasonable price in an area every bit of conventional wisdom told her was way out of her range.

According to her boyfriend, the secret to her sigh-worthy life was being a goal-setter. Patiently and regularly, she fills and maintains an Excel spreadsheet of every single thing she wants. It reminded me of a friend who grew up in a house where you couldn't open a cabinet without reading an extravagant sales goal set by her realtor mother - who exceeded them all.

Can success really be as simple as a list, a notebook, a collage, whatever it is that moves an idea out of the ether and closer to reality? Goal-setters and fly-by-seats-of-pantsers: what's given you the things that make you as happy as that screaming soccer announcer?


Mahmood Rattansi - 5/23/2004 6:39:29 AM
Having a goal is one thing - writing it down gives it a new dimension. The physical act of writing down your goals creates a neuromuscular connection that keeps your goals at the forefront of your mind.

For this reason, success is not just for those who take big steps, but even for those who take many little steps in the right direction.
Julie - 5/21/2004 10:30:20 AM
Writing your goals is an interesting phenomenon. I use to be a 'fly by the seat of my pants' person. I got involved with a coach who has taught me about goal setting. Getting the big picture goal and breaking it down into smaller, managable, and obtainable steps. The interesting thing is before you know it you have reached the goal - and most of the time-surpassed it!

And in response to the earlier post - How do you find it in the first place? It starts by really unserstanding yourself and the things that motivate you.
shh - don't tell - 5/20/2004 5:22:28 PM
As someone who has been a 'success' (at least in the eyes of others) how does this person find the goals that drive their passion?

I hear the stories and wish I could find the thing that wakes me in the night with excitement. It's fine to say take your goal and do the following to move forward, but how do you find the goal in the first place?
anita - 5/20/2004 2:44:19 PM
This is a great topic because people tend to have very set -- but quite different -- ideas on this. Personally, I don't tend to write down goals (or even call them goals, even though they are); but I have to have a picture. If I can see it, I can do it.


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