It occurred to me this morning as I was working through various social media feeds that there were some folks who were all taking the same actions to work toward different goals. While it’s vital to understand that everyone has different goals, or at least different definitions of what a particular goal is, it’s perhaps more important to understand, and integrate into your planning and process, that your end goal determines what your actions should be. Further, as you evolve through the process of striving toward your goal, your skill sets will change, as will your knowledge base, and if you don’t make adjustments as you go, then eventually you stagnate, lose faith, lose motivation or simply don’t work as efficiently. Let’s take a look at fitness as an example. Continue reading
While I’m going to use examples from my childhood and that of my children, this article does not apply only to parents and children. It applies to anyone who would see you do something different because of what they think is best for you. The honest reality is that sometimes their plan is better but far less appealing. Sometimes your plan is best and they simply don’t know any better until you show them. Sometimes either plan could work just as well but the more successful one will ultimately prove to be the one you believe in the strongest. Let me explain… Continue reading
Some years back (as I type this) I was scheduled to take a trip to New Hampshire from my home state of Maryland. I had a number of people quite shocked that I chose to drive rather than fly. After all, why would I waste so much time driving when I could fly so much faster? I didn’t really have an answer to give them other than I don’t much care for flying and would prefer to drive. As it turned out on that trip I stopped at a state maintained rest stop and ran into one of the firefighters who actually responded to the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001. It was an honor to meet him and be able to give him some thanks by paying for his food. That wouldn’t have happened if I had decided to fly instead of drive. Continue reading
We ALL have dreams. Some of them are big dreams: a bigger house, to be married, to have a dozen grandchildren, etc. Some of them are smaller dreams: a better (newer?) car, to date someone we like, to get that promotion, etc. Most of us recognize that “dreams” are also goals – and we can work toward our goals. One of the biggest challenges we face in making our dreams come true is realizing that WE have the power to make them come true. We simply have to figure out the necessary steps to work toward the desired end result and then start accomplishing the steps. It’s really that simple when you think about it and, if you can realize that, then it’s easy to see why your dreams will never come true unless YOU work for them. YOU have to work toward making them reality.