At the beginning of a new year most people are excited about what’s possible.  The world seems full of opportunity and the only obstacle to success is your own thinking.  While this sentiment may be philosophically true to some degree, it also isn’t a practical way to approach business or life.  The most successful people I know don’t create long lists of goals they want to accomplish.  As the saying goes, “if everything is important, than nothing really is.”   Instead, they focus on a handful of objectives that will clearly advance the end results they are trying achieve in their work and personal life.  It’s one thing to “want” to do something, it’s quite another to make it a necessity.  My personal preference is to recommend no more that 5-7 major goals or objectives in a given year.  Focus has always been a key ingredient to success.