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Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself.
-- Tolstoy


Monday, July 13, 2020

Define the goal

Don’t assume just by identifying the problem that the solution is obvious. Do the work to develop and articulate that solution.

It’s important and helpful to point out what is wrong. Yet to give real value to your observation, you must clearly define what will make the situation right.

If you can’t do that, dig deeper or move on. There’s no point in continuing to dwell on any problem if you’re unable to envision what specifically must be done about it.

To work toward any goal you must first make sure it is clearly defined. If other people are to join with you in the effort, they must also know precisely what you intend to accomplish.

A vague list of complaints is not enough to get things moving forward. What matters is what you intend to do about it.

Challenge yourself to define the goal in ways that can be effectively communicated and enthusiastically embraced. Then you’re well on your way to making the problem a thing of the past.

— Ralph Marston

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