First thing in the morning, pick three goals you want to accomplish. Each one should require some initiative on your part, activities that aren’t going to be completed if you merely go with the flow of the day. Then, as the day progresses, watch how easily you can get sidetracked from your intentions. For example, your mood may change. The enthusiasm and determination you felt in the morning fade as you get hungry or tired. People in your life expect you to other things that day. Unexpected circumstances arise. You may find the will to accomplish your three goals falls asleep and that you end up letting life around you determine how you’ll use your time and energy. Of course, sometimes you will be successful with this experiment. You may find a careful balance between (1) commitments you have made to your goals and (2) the unantipated needs of others. Absolute dedication to either course is an unhealthy exercise of will: on the one hand, you can become too rigid and stubborn in your insistence on fulfilling your own agenda; on the other hand you can become so compliant to the demands of life around you that your personal will falls asleep once again. As is often the case on the spiritual path, the best way is a balance between two extremes.
– Mark Thurston & Christopher Fazel from ‘Edgar Cayce Handbook for creating your future’