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For many years, within that corporation I was part of for so long, I was very (VERY) good at consulting and counseling. But the key thing I kept dealing with in other peoples' lives was their lack of organizing. And that corporation had some definite instructions about how to organise, and as an internal consultant, I had narrowed down those instructions to just a few issues. And applied them myself to my own overloaded/undermanned scene so that I lived a fairly comfortable existence (within their pretty bizarre corporate structure).
The problem is that I threw out everything I had been following when I left that corporate structure, figuring that if and when I needed some data that was actually vital, I'd simply be able to pull it back up again and start applying it. Meanwhile, I was going to go out on my own and see what the rest of the world (did I mention this was a corporate cult?) had to say about how to get things done.
All these books I'd been studying and serendipitously discovering - they all kept saying the same things:
Concentrate on your goal
Discover your own purpose
Develop a "burning desire" and devote all your energies toward that end.
Plan your work, work your plan.