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Daily Lift #162

Self-Conversations That Enable You to Reach Your Important Goals

What is the major difference between people who accomplish and achieve a great deal and people who don't? The answer to this question can make a major difference in your life.

Those who accomplish and achieve have goals and take the actions necessary to reach those goals. In contrast, people without clear goals don't have a target to reach.

Every single person with great accomplishments and achievements has made goals. Many write them down. Some don't. But they are very clear about what they want.

What important goals do you want to reach? If you don't have a clear idea right now, make it your goal to make a clear goal.

One of the most accomplished people I've ever met told me that he decided to write down 101 goals for himself. Since he had so many goals, he was certain that he would reach many of them. And each goal that he reached encouraged him to think that he would be able to reach many more goals. It was amazing to see how he kept finding opportunities and resources that enabled him to reach his most important goals.

Other people might feel overwhelmed by a large number of goals. They might be telling themselves, "There is so much I want to do and there is only a limited amount of time to do it all." For them, a single, relatively easy-to-reach goal might be best. Then they can make another goal that they find easy to reach, and then another one. This way they can build up an inner attitude of, "I am a person who makes and reaches goals." Then they can make larger and larger goals.

Your self-conversations about your goals will either enable you to reach them or will prevent you from reaching them. Regardless of your past self-conversations, right at this moment you can decide, "I will talk to myself in ways that enable me to make and reach important goals."

See yourself reaching your goals. Feel what it will be like when you achieve your worthwhile goals. Take action in the direction of your goals.

Believe that with the Almighty's help you will be able to reach the goals for which you strive.

(from Rabbi Zelig Pliskin's book: "Conversations With Yourself", pp.72-3) [])

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