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by Jayne Johnson

Setting goals is a vital part of success. Some people do it as a matter of habit; some do it once in a while, and some are so disappointed by past failures that the mere mention of goals or goal-setting makes them very uncomfortable. Each of these levels of interest in goal-setting represents degrees of success, from very successful to very unsuccessful.

Very successful people are clear on the value of setting goals, have little or no negative energy associated with the subject, and consistently set goals. They achieve most or all of them, and then set more goals. Those they fail to attain they re-inspect in regard to validity, workability, and value, and then decide whether to re-work them, or eliminate them and set different goals.

They objectively review what didn’t work and then do something about it. Either way, they don’t criticize themselves or feel guilty. Their self-esteem is high, and it stays high. When they fail to reach a goal they’ve set, that “failure” has no influence on their self-esteem. More to the point, they do not see it as a “failure” at all but merely as an opportunity to learn what to do differently next time.

People who are moderately successful set goals in a sort of random fashion. They are, for the most part, unaware of the value so are not purposeful and deliberate in their goal-setting. Setting their goals is a hit-and-miss affair and so is the attainment of their goals.

For those who struggle, it’s either an area they avoid altogether, or it’s a constant uphill struggle for them. They may set goals because they think they “should,” which only adds to their internal conflict. If they do set goals, they are often plagued by underlying feelings of concern or upset which get in their way. Even when they attain their goals, they typically are still haunted by negative feelings and thoughts, with their “Little Voices” telling them things like, “That was no big deal,” or “You should have done better.” They are not able to truly celebrate what they have accomplished.

An aversion to goal-setting is an indication that someone doesn’t see his or her future as bright. It may be that something from the past is still “alive” in their minds in the present, and whether it happened yesterday or 20 years ago, it affects them as if it is happening right now, in the present moment. For whatever the reason behind the pessimism, it is trapped life-force particles, i.e., life-force particles that are unavailable for positive use, that diminish optimism and hinder them in setting goals; instead, those life-force particles are being used negatively, to maintain the undesired condition, and the emotional turmoil continues.

Life-force particles are bits of energy that, in a sense, are bits of you. It’s your energy. Life-force particles are the fuel, the energy, you use to make things happen, to create exactly what you want in your life. The amount of success you have in life is correlative to the amount of life-force particles you have at your disposal at any given time.

The solution is to free trapped life force particles so that they can be used positively. When released, a person will experience a surge of returned life-force particles, at which point indifference or despair is replaced by enthusiasm and passion!

Below is Key#1 that will support you in freeing trapped life-force particles and creating your life as you want it to be.


Processing: A series of actions, changes or functions that bring about an end or result. (Alan C. Walter, The Zones Of Life Book, VOL II).

Processing, as specifically meant here, is a series of actions that help you find out what is true for you – not what anyone has told you is true for you, but what YOU know in your heart is true for YOU.

An effective process, i.e., one that gives you the result you intend, gives you the results you want because it helps you to discover your own truths about Life. You not only get the answers as to what works and what doesn’t work; you also become empowered to apply what you know to create the life you want.

The potential is always here for us to learn more, expand farther, understand more profoundly, evolve to a higher level of consciousness. The word potential means “capable of being but not yet in existence.” It comes from the Latin words potentia, power and posse, to be able.

Consistently focusing on yourself (your SELF) by Studying (reading books, listening to tapes, studying various philosophies and technologies), increases your Knowledge.

Processing increases your Power.

Doing either one of these two will release trapped life-force particles; do BOTH and your results sky-rocket!

Power without the Knowledge to go with it can be a recipe for disaster. An example is the poor person who wins a lottery of $10 million but has no financial Knowledge. Six months later that person is likely to be broke again.

Knowledge without Power leads to ineffectiveness, lack of action. There are many people who have a tremendous amount of knowledge but don’t have the horsepower to make anything happen.

The formula of Processing + Education takes your potential and brings it into reality.


There are many steps you can take to increase your life-force particles, your success in Life, and specifically, the setting and attaining of your goals.

Applying the “Processing + Education” formula is the most valuable and the best place to start, which is why it is KEY #1 in the GOALS TO GREATNESS – KEYS TO SUCCESS series.

It is not “selfish” to focus on your SELF. The more you nurture your Self through Studying and Processing, the more Knowledge and Power you will have, and the more free life-force particles you will have, and therefore, the more you will be able to contribute to yourself AND to others.

Feed your Spirit FIRST.

That is the senior-most priority, and from that context, all that you desire to be, do and have, for yourself and others, will flow to you.