"First say to yourself what you would be;然后做你该做的。”——埃皮克提图
It inspired her to wake up early in the morning and hit the gym.每天放学后，当她一遍又一遍地打游泳池时，这句话激励着她。It affected her eating habits,choosing to eat healthy salads and water rather than cheeseburgers and soda (like the rest of us).She would often go to bed early so that she could rise early in the morning to get started the next day.她会躺在床上，在脑海里排练跳水动作，醒来时就会想起它们。In a very real way,her goal of making the college diving team affected nearly every aspect of her life.
这是,until the spring semester of her senior year.You see,after the conclusion of the Nebraska high school diving season and the State competition,she was unfortunately notified that she would not be receiving the diving scholarship she desperately desired.She had poured her heart and her soul into realizing that goal,但它已经消失了。Needless to say,雷切尔感到心痛。
一夜之间，她的生活发生了翻天覆地的变化!Once she came to grasp that it was not meant to be,her life changed radically.Suddenly,她开始花更多的时间和朋友在一起——不仅是在放学后，而且待在外面的时间越来越晚。她开始点起司汉堡和苏打水，而不是沙拉和水(这让我们感觉好多了，by the way).她开始在周末睡懒觉，而不是早上6点去健身房。在她的目标出生和死亡前后，她几乎过着完全不同的生活。
事实上，目标推动我们，目标塑造我们。What we most desire to accomplish (or become) affects our lives in very important ways.It impacts what we think about.它改变了我们的生活方式，our money,和我们的能量。简而言之,它给我们的生活带来了定义。
我的论点是，很少有人比其他一切更渴望财富和财产。In fact,when asked the question above,rare is the man or woman who responds by saying,"I just want to own as much stuff as possible."
相反,most heart responses will center on significance,的关系,的影响,幸福,love,或信仰。我们越是有意识地提醒自己内心深处的欲望，the more often our lives will align with that pursuit… and the more likely we are to actually accomplish them.