Why ‘This’ Before ‘That’ Matters If You Want to Achieve Your Goals

By Dave Fleming

It was a beautiful crisp June morning at the Grand Canyon. The sun beckoned a new day as my wife and I took our first steps down the winding path. Because we had one day to explore, we decided to descend the canyon for two hours before ascending to sightsee by car. As we began our descent, scores of hikers—sometimes in groups of 10 or more—made their way down the iconic pathways. Needless to say, the energy on the way down was electric. Strangers laughed and talked with each other. A few groups even sang to enhance the moment. Many hikers were decked out in new clothes from their favorite outdoor apparel stores. The descent was filled with a holiday-like cheer.

When my wife and I began our ascent, and because we are in relatively good physical shape, we regularly passed other hikers. Many of them displayed a significantly different mood. The feeling of cheer had evaporated and dispositions were muted, to say the least. There were no cheery greetings or songs. Some people barked quick hellos in between heavy breathing; some bore a look of agony; most were simply silent. Read more

Should my goals be lofty or practical?

Only you can decide what is “lofty” or “practical” and how many goals of either flavor you’d like to set. Indeed, one person’s lofty might be another’s practical, and vice-versa. This service is here to help you accomplish anything you set out to do, from painting the house to reforming public education. And while we’re always thrilled to hear success stories from our users who’ve done newsworthy and inspiring things, we also know that these can’t be done without also taking care of the simpler items on life’s to-do list.

But assuming you’ve covered your bases and been mindful of the balanced whole, and if you’ve got the energy and passion to apply to something beyond the ordinary, then—by all means—reach for the stars!

With lofty goals, pay extra attention to whom you’re willing to discuss your goals with, particularly when you first begin and have no demonstrable milestones achieved. The old adage, “show, don’t tell,” exists because naysayers are quick to label lofty goal-setters as fools or dreamers, and deeds shut them up faster than promises. Your personal support group of family and friends (at least, those whom you trust to be supportive) is an exception. Use them as a resource whenever appropriate.