Somewhere through my slumber I had thoughts about a person who consulted me about a proposed business, I fixated on this thought even though it did not happen. I do not recall the business idea but it did not seem like it would be successful. She was determined. I explained that to avoid disasterous results she cannot just do it, she needed specific planning. I asked her about her goal setting skills and she looked down and away and said I usually get to where I want to go. Hmm, not what I wanted to hear. I suggested that she consider examining her approach to goal setting. I shared a nmemonic she could use to set and test her goals. SMART
Specific (The goal cannot be loose and open-ended)
Measurable (If you cannot measure progress you will not know how close or far you are from achieving your goal)
Achievable (If you cannot achieve the desired outcome you will become frustrated and drop off)
Realistic (It must be a goal that is realistic, within your abilities)
Time (You must set a time frame within which the goal will be attained)
The better you are at goal setting the fewer storms you will face.