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Why Set Goals Anyway?

July 15, 2008 by  
Filed under Chapter 3

What if I were to tell you that over and above all the success, material benefit, satisfaction, even wealth that you could receive from achieving a very exciting goal, that you can dramatically improve your emotional and mental health by just the process of setting that goal in the first place.

Now, that’s quite a promise—and believe me, I’m not making it lightly.

Years ago I noticed that when I became engrossed in my goal-setting state of mind (almost a meditative state), I would begin to feel very calm and at peace with the world—even euphoric, and almost always with pen in hand, I wrote down all that was going on in my mind and heart.

I didn’t understand why it felt so good—so fantastic, in fact—I just knew it did. Of course, it was a wonderful triumph to actually reach or exceed the goals I set, but I couldn’t figure out why just the process of thinking about and writing my goals and plans gave me such a mental boost?

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