How to Increase the Likelihood that You Will Achieve Your Goal

arrrow in bullseyeWhat are your primary objectives?  Is your daily experience something of  a “hit or miss” when it comes to making progress?  Would you like to hit your target with greater frequency?

If you are like Dave and me,  and do not have the gifts of a Hawkeye, Annie Oakley, or Katniss Everdeen,  you might benefit from a bigger steadier target.  Target size can be increased by creating space between resources and obligations.   You can steady your target by meditating upon your faith and/or values. It is no coincidence that the Koine Greek word for sin, hamartia, literally means to miss the mark.

The basic tenets of  marksmanship may also help.

1. Reduce Strain

As you aim at your goal,  seek a comfortable position.  To the extent to which it is in your control,  seek to reduce pain, strain and other issues adverse to health and focus.

2.  Set Your Sight

Set your sight carefully.  Adjust for wind, radiant heat and elements of resistance.

3. Remember to Breathe

Take a shot when most stable; the moment right after a solid exhale.

4.  Maintain  Your Equipment

Maintain your equipment.  Our aim is off when our “stuff” has been been jostled, soiled or bent.  Address these issues before taking a shot.

5.  Practice

Practice steady and even pressure. Do not tense up and fight the recoil.


 You can hit your target, but choose wisely.   As C. S. Lewis said:

“Aim at heaven and you will get earth thrown in.  Aim at earth and you will get neither. ”


If you are interested in related posts,   margin is described in  The 3 Key Principles of Simple Life Reboot, Margin is not Just for You!, and 5 Step Plan for Protecting New Margin.   Simple Life Reboot’s bullseye diagram  is in   The 4 Zones of Intention.


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Aim at heaven and you will get earth thrown in. Aim at earth and you get neither.

C. S. Lewis


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