How to Remember your Reasons: Achieve Your Goals

Losing Site of Your Goals … Determining your Vision from your actions!

by Edward B. Toupin

In the fury of trying to accomplish our goals, we tend to lose site of our Vision. We get so caught up in “doing things” that we forget why we’re doing them. In the process, we lose hope, lose drive, and end up running in a circle trying to find our “reason” again. In our circular dance, we fill in the gaps with unnecessary activities, or “busy work”, to make us feel as though we’re moving forward. Instead, we’re merely weighting ourselves down further to create a wall around our newly developed “comfort zone”.

This cycle is actually more common than not as we all get caught up in the moment and forget about our ultimate objective, or Vision. We all require a target at which to aim so that we can determine which activities are necessary and which are “busy work”. Keep an eye on the objective while working on the goals that will get you there, else, get lost in the shuffle and end up on the wrong path.

In some of my clients’ cases, we have to work backward to find their underlying Vision from the morass of activities in which they are involved. The approach allows us to determine why they’re so lost and why they’re working so hard. Ultimately, we’re able to extract their Vision from their activities. We then adjust their Vision to suite their desires and strip off the excess activities that serve little purpose in moving them forward. By the time we’ve evaluated their situation, they find that the stresses in their lives fall away, along with the unnecessary tasks that have kept them so isolated and busy.

In the hectic activities of your daily life, step back for a moment and figure out where these activities are leading you. Set a Vision and focus your activities to reach it without expending unnecessary tangential efforts. In this way, not only will your stress be reduced, but you’ll feel more motivated, prouder, and more focused knowing that your actions are building toward your desires.

— About the Author —

Edward B. Toupin is an author, publisher, life-strategy coach, counselor, Reiki Master, technical writer, and PhD Candidate living in Las Vegas, NV. Among other things, he authors books, articles, and screenplays on topics ranging from career success through life organization and fulfillment. Check out some of his recent print and electronic books as well as his articles covering various life-changing topics! For more information, and to find out about his upcoming title on book publishing, e-mail Edward at or visit his site at!

Copyright (c) 2004 Edward B. Toupin

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