We are often told to aim high in life, but we must aim at what we would hit instead. A general purpose is not enough. The arrow shot from the bow does not wander around to see what it can hit on its way, but flies straight to the mark. ~Og Mandino

We can aim for the stars, but without clear vision and focus, our energies will be scattered. What are we really reaching or aiming for anyway? That is something we must decide for ourselves. And once we do, we can make plans on how to attain our goals. All the while, we keep our focus on the specific purpose for which we envision and aspire toward. Suppose, for example, that you decide to go to college. A general goal may be to lose some weight and get into shape and/or to change our eating habits. That is a great aim and desire, but it will remain just that until it is made more specific with some steps we can take with short-term and long-term goals. Once we decide on what specific plan or progam we would like to use, we will begin to have a clearer focus and vision for our future. Another general goal may be to earn a college degree. To make it more targeted we would have to decide on a career path we would like to take and the type of degree we would like to earn.

It is much more motivating, attainable, and fulfilling to aim at something specific rather than at a random target. It is empowering and keeps us active participants in our life purpose and destiny rather than just hoping that someday things will just fall into place or waiting for opportunity to come knocking at the door. The truth is, we have to knock on the door of opportunity for ourselves. When we realize this and the responsibility we hold, we will endure; we will perseverance; we will keep focused and concentrate because we know what we want and where we are going. Challenges will present themselves to us and we will be ready. Our eyes will be set on the goal. We will aim toward it and continue to move forward until it is attained. This is the most effective approach to successfully reaching our goals. And it is sound advice inspired by one of the greatest inspirational writers I respect and admire, Og Mandino!

An archer cannot hit the bullseye if he doesn't know where the target is. ~Anonymous

You can't hit a target you cannot see, and you cannot see a target you do not have. ~Zig Ziglar

The establishment of a clear, central purpose or goal in life is the starting point of all success. ~Brian Tracy

Our goals can only be reached through a vehicle of a plan, in which we must fervently believe, and upon which we must vigorously act. There is no other route to success. ~Stephen A. Brennan

Decide what you want, decide what you are willing to exchange for it. Establish your priorities and go to work." H. L. Hungt

People with goals succeed because they know where they're going. ~Earl Nightingale

I can't change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination. ~Jimmy Dean

Without goals and plans to reach them, you are like a ship that has set sail with no destination. ~Fitzhugh Dodson

First say to yourself what you would be; and then do what you have to do." Epictetus

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Author's Bio: 

Krystal Kuehn, MA, LPC, LLP, NCC is a licensed professional counselor, author, teacher, and musician. She specializes in helping people live their best life now, reach their full potential, overcome barriers, heal from their past, and develop a lifestyle of health, happiness, and love. Krystal is the cofounder of NewDayCounseling.org, a family
counseling center
, specializing in helping individuals, couples and families with professional counseling services for relationship problems, parenting issues, depression, anxiety as well a s substance abuse classes, anger management groups, and more. Krystal is also cofounder of StopSuicideSong.com and BeHappy4Life.com as well as Facebook.com/WordsOfInspiration and several blogs.