There are exercises to help you think long-term, and select the most important actions to take. One of these exercises is strategic planning. Strategic planning is based on the idea that there is no result without action, and no action without a goal. Here are some strategies to help you clarify your priorities and make your efforts more valuable.

Feed each day your long-term vision. Your personal achievement depends on your choices, and the wisdom of those choices depends on the knowledge you have of yourself. Take the time to analyze your decisions and make sure you make them for yourself, and not to please others, or to make up for insecurity (financial, emotional, etc.). Thus you can choose actions that will provide the best long-term benefits.

Cherish balance. Remember that your goals build your future, but that imbalance can destroy it. Do not leave out any of the dimensions of what you are: your relationships (love, family, friends, colleagues), your career, your body and your health, personal balance (self) and your long term financial health.

Do you ever lie to yourself? Take the time necessary to set clear objectives and specific actions to achieve them. If you do not yet know precisely what gives the most meaning to your life, it does not matter. Experiment, take initiatives, meet people, read; in short, learn to know yourself through life experiences. Because if you lie to yourself, you will climb the ladder of success only to find that this scale does not lead you where you had hoped, and it will be too late to start over again.

Choose the results you get. Remember that the quantity and quality of results you get results from the quality of the choices you make every day when you take action. You’ll always have the choice to engage in one activity rather than another. If you choose unnecessary actions, you will get proportionate consequences to these actions, that is to say, fewer results, and the unnecessary kind.

For example, the fact that you complete an important task for your employer is a priority insofar as the consequences of this task are important. In contrast, the act of surfing the Internet during work hours is an activity of little importance because the positive impact on your life in the long-term is negligible. As the renowned motivator Anthony Robbins says, most people do not realize this because they pay major importance to what brings them only minor results.

The rigor and organization are essential. When you take action, remember that the most important thing is not the amount of work, but the way you work and the knowledge that you work with, is what is important. If you take some time at the beginning of each action to ensure that you spend your energy in the right place, you will lose less time later and avoid errors that would require you to restart.