Goals can empower and motivate us. In pursuing them, we grow confident in our natural abilities. And even when we fall short of reaching them, we still gain knowledge about ourselves that we couldn’t have gained have otherwise.

Goals also make the difference between experiencing life and creating a life. Instead of accepting everything the way it is, the process of setting goals and reaching for them becomes a way for us to actively shape our reality.

Here are some thoughts (gathered from popular wisdom) on living with our goals in mind, so we may create a life to call our own.

When the question becomes clear, the answer is close.

Broad questions like “who am I?” and “where do I want to go?” are helpful in establishing the desire for change in our lives. But change itself happens when we clarify our demands, asking instead: “What attachments are holding me back from achieving this goal?” or “Am I willing to let fear impede my passions?”

We are in a perfect position to get “there” from “here.”

We are free to begin when we realize that there is no starting point we must travel to. The starting point is here, in this moment. Every action and decision from this second onwards can be directed towards achieving our life’s goals. Every moment is a fresh beginning, which we can use to further our purpose in this world.

Arriving at one goal is the starting point of another.

There is a climber’s mantra that goes something like this – when you get to the top of the mountain, you discover only that there are more mountains to climb. This holds true for all our goals, large and small. No matter success or shortcoming, the purpose of living with our goals in mind is to inspire us to seek more peaks in the distance, never stumbling, never settling for anything less than a life lived to its fullest.