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On The Horizon

To ensure success is in your future, keep your goals in sight.

This story appears in the January 2001 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

There are many ways to define a goal, and dozens of synonyms for the word-target, purpose, objective, destination, intent and aim, to name a few. Goals give us direction and focus. They turn impossible undertakings into achievable tasks. They help us keep our vision clear and our footing steady. A goal accomplished isn't just another step toward a destination-it's a building block in the foundation of .

Successful salespeople usually reach for many goals at once. That's why it's important to write down your goals and keep them in plain sight. If you lose sight of them, they disappear from your mind, and you begin to lose track of where you're going and how you're going to get there.

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