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He was like a cock who thought the sun had risen to hear him crow.
-- George Eliot


Friday, July 23, 1999

Set a little goal

Set a little goal and then reach it. Make the next one just a little bigger. Reach it too. Can you feel your confidence building?

Living a life of purpose means living your life on purpose. Idle moments certainly have their value. They bring peace, relaxation and contemplation. But drifting along in idleness just because you don’t know what to do next is an enormous waste of one of the most precious things you have -- your time.

Every big achievement is made from lots of little goals. Those people who always know what they’re working to accomplish are the ones who get things done. They cultivate a habit of setting goals and then reaching them.

It’s not complicated. It’s not magic. But it does produce results which seem almost magical to anyone looking in from the outside. Decide what you will accomplish and then accomplish it. If it seems overwhelming, break it down into as many small accomplishments as necessary. The little goals do matter, because they serve as solid building blocks for even bigger goals. Follow your goals all the way to where you would like to be.

— Ralph Marston

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