You have a right to experience happiness right now, in the present. This is a very important concept to keep in mind. You don’t need to wait until you accomplish your goals before you are happy.
Many people think, “Only after I accomplish my goals will I be able to be happy.” These individuals mistakenly think that they need to wait in order to be happy. They feel that they can’t be happy right now. They tell themselves that they first need to achieve what they would like to achieve before they can be happy.
But happiness is a birthright. You were born. You are now alive. You are breathing now. Right now you have a right to be happy. You can choose to be happy now.
-from Rabbi Zelig Pliskin’s book: “Taking Action” – page 79
At the beginning of each day, ask yourself:
 What are my goals for today?
 What are the five most important things that I need to do today and what is their order of priority?
 What new Torah knowledge do I plan to gain today?
 What acts of kindness can I do today?
 What one trait would I like to excel in today?
 What positive change am I resolved to make or maintain today?
 If today were my last day, what would I make certain to do?
 How can I gain by looking at today as the first day of the rest of my life?
 What would you like written on my tombstone? What do I plan to do today in that area?
 What is important for me to remember today?
-from Rabbi Zelig Pliskin’s “Gateway to Self Knowledge,” p.188
I must admit to not being this organized.
When you have meaningful goals, you create a meaningful life. Being goal-oriented gives you a direction. Goals create a focus for your efforts. Setting goals that you want to reach makes it easier to have the quality of zrizus. When a goal is very important to you, you are driven to do what you need to do to achieve that goal.
When you have clear goals, you can accomplish more than someone without clear goals. The most accomplished people in the world are experts at setting and reaching goals. Learn from them. All great people are great because they have made meaningful goals and took action to reach those goals. All joyful great people are among the happiest people in the world because they enjoy all that they are doing to achieve their meaningful goals.
-from Rabbi Zelig Pliskin”s book: “Taking Action” – page 20
Always ask yourself: “What is my goal right now?”
When you keep focused on a specific goal, you are less likely to get sidetracked by venting your anger at someone. You’ll discover that your real goal is incompatible with losing your temper and shouting.
For example, an employer wants his employee to do a good job. Encouragement is more likely to achieve that goal than yelling. Similarly, parents want their children to learn positive values. A friendly, warm talk is more effective than angry outbursts.
By being aware of your original target and goal, you will stay focused and accomplish more.
-from Rabbi Zelig Pliskin’s book “Gateway to Happiness,” p.211