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Keep Your Eyes on the Prize

Dear Friend,

I have found that there are two approaches to achieving a goal.  You can focus on the process – that is, focus on the things you need to do to be a success – or you can focus on the goal, and sort of let the process happen.

The first method sounds more responsible.  Certainly you have to master methods and techniques that will allow you to get what you want?

But, experience has taught me that too many folks become obsessed with the process, or even fall in love with it, and as a result, stay perpetually involved in that process, never quite reaching their stated goals.

If you want to achieve something, then you need to obsessively focus on that goal.  No matter what process you choose to pursue, keep your focus on the end goal.

At times you may find that a better path to geting what you want involves occasional shifts from what you thought was the most direct path to your goal.  If you had been focusing instead on the process, you wouldn’t have noticed the need for that shift.

You might even discover a completely unexpected path.  And if you want success, you need to be open to the possibility of such surprises.

So, don’t forget why you started your effort in the first place.  Don’t let yourself get distracted or spin your wheels.

Stay on target, and bounce back after each failure.

Ignore naysayers.  Don’t worry about what others think.  All of that is just noise.  You are a missile.  Your target is your goal.  That’s all you need to know.

Do this, and success is certain.

All the best,

Hugh

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