"Determine what specific goal you want to achieve. Then dedicate yourself to its attainment with unswerving singleness of purpose, the trenchant zeal of a crusader." ~ Paul J. Meyer
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How's your focus? Do you prefer to work up close & personal with the here and now, keeping the distant future sort of hazy and unknown? Or do you prefer to work well-ahead into the future, letting the short-term fall into place within the confines of your future plans? Or do you fall somewhere in-between? Does it work? Are you stressed? Are you happy? Are you achieving your goals?
I often focus on what I AM doing to achieve short- and long-term goals, not on what I'm NOT doing (seems inside out...but read on). I'm always one to analyze, analyze, analyze (Capricorn anyone?) my plans and my actions toward goal-attainment and make any necessary adjustments as I go ~ but I often feel like I'm running to standstill. It can be quite frustrating. My husband asked me recently, "If you're doing everything you possibly can and you're still not where you want to be, what's in the way? What haven't you addressed?" In other words, have I identified ALL the obstacles and found a way to work through or around them? The path impeders. Yes and no. While I have an excellent grasp of what I've done and do well and what can be improved / changed, the inherent challenge remains that there is only one of me to strategize and execute and only one set of skills and resources I bring to the table. Wah, wah... I know. I despise complainers, whiners and woe-is-me'ers, too. So let's not go there. My point is that I realize most of my business' limitations (yes, we ALL have them and, yes, I just said it out loud) have to do with making small, safe adjustments that I know I can handle on my own - as a proud, independent sole proprietor. Within the context of designing & offering organic fabric for wholesale, I haven't made huge, sweeping, crazy-powerful adjustments that would have required me to reach out and ask for help. However, that's about to change - knowledge is not necessarily power, but a willingness and desire to do something with that new knowledge IS.
[ edited to add: Daisy Janie's limitations are due to a very rapid rate of growth in the past year and finding ways to nurture, keep up and build. ]
And speaking of Capricorn:
"As the 10th sign of the zodiac, the Capricorn individual is stable, hard-working, practical, methodical, and ambitious, never losing sight of her goals regardless of how many obstacles are in the way. Capricorn will willingly carry a heavy load of work, and will steadily and methodically tackle every task without complaint."