All men dream: but not equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds wake in the day to find that it was vanity: but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act their dreams with open eyes, to make it possible.
T. E. Lawrence (aka Lawrence of Arabia)
It is crucially important to understand the purpose and outcomes you will achieve by accomplishing the goals you have set. The last thing anyone wants is to reach the top of the ladder and discover that it was set against the wrong wall! Many people have very clear intentions and goals and yet have not carefully identified what all the hard work and determination will ultimately yield.
Very often people realize that the goals they have been working so hard to achieve are taking them to a place they don’t really care much about.
Scott Blanchard and Madeleine Homan, Leverage Your Best, Ditch the Rest (New York: William Morrow, 2004), 20.