As I write this, my electricity has been out for four days. It’s been an inconvenience, but it also wound up being one of the best things that could have happened right before the New Year.
Without power — and TV and Internet — I had to find something else to do. I spent the time reading a book that’s been waiting on my shelf for at least six months — The Pledge by Michael Masterson. (That’s Mark Ford’s pen name.)
Throughout the book — which largely focuses on setting goals — one of the biggest questions Masterson forces you to approach head-on is:
“Are you setting goals … or still dreaming?”
The difference is goals are specific, actionable, time-oriented, and realistic. For example:
Dream: Being a successful web writer … someday.
Goal: Becoming a successful web writer earning six-figures a year by the end of 2014.
If you realize you’re still dreaming and you want actual goals to aim for, here’s what you should do:
Take a break from electronics.
You don’t have to have a huge ice storm and a complete power outage to force you away from electronics. Turn off your TV, computer, and phone and get out a few sheets of paper and some markers. Spend some time thinking about what you really want out of life. The point here is to put your dreams onto paper so you can turn them into goals.
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