Hand writing the text: Goals + Plans = SuccessGiven my two recent blog posts about the subject of goals, how tricky they can be, plus some strategies for accomplishing the outrageous ones, two quotes on this subject have come my way that seem appropriate to share with you now.

My friend and milliner extraordinaire, Gena Conti, sent me the following quote in response to these blog posts about setting goals.

A goal is a dream with a deadline. Napoleon Hill

The second quote arrived in a marketing email, of all things!

I have been impressed by the urgency of doing.
Knowing is not enough; we much apply.
Being willing is not enough; we must do.
Leonardo Da Vinci

As I write this, we recently celebrated Labor Day in the United States. Labor Day is traditionally a time for a new school year, complete with new notebooks, new pencils and a new plan for the year.

Perhaps it is for this reason that I have always considered Labor Day to be the true beginning of a new year, rather than the traditional date of January 1 in the middle of winter (in the Northern Hemisphere).

After the summer comes to its usual speedy end, the month of September becomes an appropriate time for assessing what we wish to accomplish during the coming year.

We once again face the fact that it is much easier to set goals than to achieve them.

Or we sometimes avoid setting goals, since we don’t want to feel badly when we don’t do anything much to achieve them. Feeling disappointed in ourselves is not fun!

Perhaps that is why the two quotes that showed up so serendipitously in my life resonate so strongly for me.

If a goal is a dream with a deadline, then a deadline without any action to achieve it remains a dream.


Somewhere at the back of your mind or in the depths of your heart, do you have a cherished goal that you sometimes flirt with the idea of achieving?

May you be inspired to make the necessary plans, and then to take the necessary actions, that will allow you to make your dreams come true.

And if I can assist you along that path, it will be my honor to do so.