We are fortunate that an information society pushes us in the direction of being time-limited, for this experience may well provide the archetypal attitudes that are needed for a sustainable culture. An information society pushes us in this direction because the inevitable consequence of learning is to become more skilled in living and thus for the value of one’s time to rise. (As Burns indicates, the more our productivity increases, the more we have to shift our time away from making things to using them.) This experience provides us with the needed archetypal attitudes because the finiteness of the 24 hour day is a perfect analog at the personal level for the finiteness of our earth.
Timely – A goal should be grounded within a time frame. With no time frame tied to it there’s no sense of urgency. If you want to lose 10 lbs, when do you want to lose it by? “Someday” won’t work. But if you anchor it within a timeframe, “by May 1st”, then you’ve set your unconscious mind into motion to begin working on the goal.
Your goal is probably realistic if you truly believe that it can be accomplished. Additional ways to know if your goal is realistic is to determine if you have accomplished anything similar in the past or ask yourself what conditions would have to exist to accomplish this goal.