Choosing goals and projects is a lot like choosing a rich dessert…

It is our attitude at the beginning of a difficult task which, more than anything else, will affect it’s successful outcome. — William James


The empowered theory goes that — with hard work — we can do anything we put our minds to. And today's popular theory is that we can have everything we want — if we work hard enough. Of course neither is entirely true. We can have much of what we want and we can do much of what we want — if we work hard and put our minds to it. But the reality is that somethings take up a great deal of time and don't leave much room for other things. So, when it comes down to your goals, your really have to think hard about what it is you ant to accomplish with the entire texture of your life.

If you want to create your own business, then it means that some aspects of your life may suffer because creating your own business takes time. If you don't want to create your own business then it means you won't experience the thrill of working for yourself. One precludes the other.

Anyone who works out can tell you that working an eight hour day, then going to the gym, then stopping at the super market, then coming home and making dinner, eating and cleaning up means that you have very little time at the end of the day for anything else. The reality hits you that you have to make very conscious, disciplined choices about what you want to create in your life. You have to decide what is important to you and this may mean making some discomforting decisions. By going to the gym, you may have to give up happy hour three nights a week. By going to happy hour three nights a week, you may have to give up the idea of running a marathon. Trying to do it all may make you simply go insane or feel overwhelmed or simply annoyed and you quit on both goals entirely.

So when goal setting, remember that, just like a slice of gourmet dark chocolate, less can be more. Less can mean you accomplish more, have more time to enjoy that which you have in life and can allow you ultimately to take on more meaningful goals in the long run.