Back when I was facilitating workshops and retreats, a new team member had a yellow pad filled with goals. He proudly presented it to me; each and every page had his handwriting on it.

My first task was to suggest that he shred the yellow pad. I also suggested that he take three top goals to complete from the list, and work on those. I advised him that all his dreams could be reached with only these three goals and that most of what he wrote was an extension of those goals.

Of course, he was in shock and denial as he had meticulously written his new life on a yellow pad.

He did follow my directions and returned the completely shredded yellow pad to me in a large envelope about six months later.

Over time, he completed his chosen goals, discovered what he really wanted to accomplish in life and proceeded to be a great success in the entertainment industry.

Writing a huge goal list is something many people do. People do not realize that each goal requires its own to-do task list that can consume you.

When you write down your goals, then follow-up with your to-do task lists, you need to keep this as simple and easy as possible.

Each day look at your task list and choose three items of High Value that you will accomplish on that day. Include on your High Value list time spent on you. If you need a massage, add this to your High Value list. If you have a doctor’s visit, add this to your High Value list. If you go to the gym, add this to your list. Yet the bottom line is you only have three items on that list, no more, no less.

The simpler you keep your life, the easier it will be to accomplish what you want.

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Joanne Victoria