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“What Am I Trying to Do?”


Do you sometimes find yourself with so much on your plate (or so many distractions) that you need a quick way to focus?

Want something extremely powerful you can apply right now?

Here’s an interesting and powerful piece of technology from Mr. Hubbard—something we thought should be more broadly known and used.

You’ll like it.

It will take you about five minutes to do—unless you get carried away with it, which might happen. But then, that’s your doing, not ours.

It’s an excerpt from a lecture Mr. Hubbard gave in 1952. Here it is:

“Be true to your own goals. 

“To cause things, one must be cause. And the primary requisite of cause is a statement of intention and goal. 

“Primary requisite to be cause is a clear statement of what you are trying to do. Only when you clearly state it can you avoid being yourself an eventual effect. 

“‘What am I trying to do?’ If you can’t answer that you’ll foul up! So even though it’s a poor goal, it is better than none. You can put that down as a beautiful maxim. Sounds like one of those horrible truisms, but boy, it will fish you out of more holes than you can possibly imagine you can get yourself into. A poor goal is better than none. You’ll find yourself very often squirreling around and spinning around. You don’t know which way you’re going or which way is up because you decided all the goals you could put your eyes on were too vague or too poor or too unwanted to try to attain. And that itself is a bad aberration and shows a misdirection on your part and a misestimation on your own part, and a lack of understanding on your own part of what you are doing. 

“There is no goal vast enough to absorb your total capabilities because your total capabilities are so vast that they make goals. You are yourself cause. So how on earth can you set it up so cause can be anything else but cause? Unless you come down scale a little. But a goal, any kind of goal, is better than none.”
—L. Ron Hubbard
“The Code of Behavior” A lecture given on 18 February 1952

Here’s how you might apply this:

1. Read the above and make sure you clear up any words so you’re fully tracking.

2. Grab a piece of paper (or open up a new document).

3. Across the top, write in big bold letters: “What am I trying to do?”

4. Then, underneath, write out in as few or as many words as you want “a clear statement of what you are trying to do.”

5. Don’t get hung up on format. Just write. Just answer up on the question “What am I trying to do?”

6. Splurge on it. And remember: “There is no goal vast enough to absorb your total capabilities because your total capabilities are so vast that they make goals.”

7. Just keep writing until you’re happy with what you’ve written. That’s it. There’s nothing more to it. You’ll know when you’re done. It can apply to today. It can apply to this week. It can apply to a project or program you’re doing. It can even apply to a lot longer span than right now.

8. It applies on a personal basis, it applies on your post/position, and it also applies on a company basis. Try it each way. It will give you some focus.

9. If you want, write in to and let us know how it went. Did it help add a little focus to your day/week/project/life?

10. It would be good to hear from you.