Read over each of your long-term goals. You can embellish as you see fit, or add entirely new goals if you think of something you really want to accomplish that isn’t already included in your existing mission or vision.

Now close your eyes and imagine what type of person would be at the helm of those achievements. In other words, who would you need to be in order to live that life? What would you need to do, on a daily or weekly basis? What would you need to have, in terms of both internal and external resources? And finally, do you really want all of these things?

Be honest with yourself. You may have a heartfelt desire to help disadvantaged people in war-torn countries, and you may imagine that in order to do that, you need to travel to those countries and administer that aid in-person. But you may also dislike air travel, or being away from home for extended periods of time, or you may just not want to risk your life by traveling to a hostile environment. That’s perfectly understandable. It does not make you a bad person, for not being willing to put your own life on the line. It is, after all, difficult to help people when you’re gravely ill, wounded, or dead.

In a case like this, simply go back and explore other ways that you might accomplish the same goal without actually traveling to that foreign land yourself. You could help fund the travels of other like-minded individuals who are driven to visit these places in-person; some people have a higher risk threshold than others, and some even thrive off the sense of adventure and danger. You could be making someone else’s dream come true by funding their excursion into a dark corner of the map that you yourself would never dare set foot in!

Write it all down, with each requirement on a separate line. This will form the basis of your long-term goals. For example, if you imagine that you would need to “have” at least $5,000 a month in expendable income, a network of at least 20 people willing to volunteer their time and resources, personal contacts at no fewer than five different media outlets, and 20 hours a week of free time, write each item on a separate line under the heading of “Need to have.”

Don’t worry about exactly “how” you’re going to accomplish any of this. Just figure out what you need to be, do, or have, and we’ll deal with the “how” later.

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