Setting goals is a messy business.

I’ll think I’ve got my goals set for the following year in the early fall, and then turn around and change everything  a month later.  It’s non-linear, it’s two steps forward and one step back.

That’s because knowing what you want – what you really want – is hard. And it’s not a static thing. I’ve got a Moleskine folder full of ideas, scratch notes scattered all over my desk  and a task list item that’s a catch all of ‘someday maybe’ projects (interestingly many of them hold no juice for me a year later.) I’m overwhelmed by all the things I want to do.

One thing I know for sure, though, is that many of these things will have to get axed (or moved to the ‘someday maybe’ bucket). The quote above is from the I Ching Hexagram  number 60; ‘Chieh’ or ‘Limitation’. The explanation goes on to state:

Setting of limits means defining your purpose and responsibilities so that you have a clear idea of where your energies are to be aimed.


Despite all of my ambitions, I know I’ll have to narrow my goals down to just three. Just three goals will generate more than enough projects to keep me busy the entire year. That may sound crazy but take, for example, a goal to make more sales. There are about ten thousand projects you could undertake to meet that goal: Learn about adwords, do content marketing, start an affiliate program, write SEO optimized blog posts, guest post, create more products, and the list goes on…

If you take too much on, you won’t get it done. Learn to do less better.

So think about what you want, get it all out and than hack it down mercilessly.