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“When the thunder rumbles,
Now the age of gold is dead.
When the dreams we’ve clung to
Trying to stay young,
Have left us parched and old instead.
When my courage crumbles,
When I feel confused and frail,
When my spirit falters on decaying altars
And my illusions fail —
I go on right then.
I go on again.
I go on to say I will celebrate another day.
I go on.
If tomorrow tumbles
And everything I love is gone,
I will face regret all my days, and yet
I will still go on.”
    Leonard Bernstein

Determination – facing the odds and not quitting in times of difficulty.   It takes determination to do anything of value in your life.    Remember back to a time when you were determined to do something, how did feel to accomplish that goal?

For some people it means pursuing a college education, it means having the resolve to face the challenges and push through even in difficult times.   For some people is going after a vocation that they believe in.   For some people it is climbing a mountain.    Whatever the goal it takes determination to reach the objective.    Rock climbers climb with determination to reach their goal, going beyond what most people would imagine possible.

In 1914 Earnest Shackleton set sail for Antarctica with the goal of crossing the continent.    Before Shackleton and crew could set foot on land their ship Endurance was captured in ice which quickly surround the vessel.   Months later the crew abandoned the ship as the ship became overwhelmed with the pressure of the ice.   The crew survived the harsh winter on Elephant island.    Shackleton was determined to get his crew rescued and set out in a small boat with a few others and made a long trip to South George island.

When  have you been challenged beyond what you thought was possible?   What kept you going?

reach your goal in 7 steps

“To solve a problem or to reach a goal, you…don’t need to know all the answers in advance. But you must have a clear idea of the problem or the goal you want to reach. ”  W. Clement Stone

The great achievers in this world have set great goals.    Earnest Shackleton set forth to explore Antarctica and while not achieving the goals he set forth to accomplish he was driven to succeed.  

Setting goals drives people towards success even if the goals change over time.  Goals are internal motivators.  Goals provide the mind a focal point, something that can create a driving force for personal change.   A goal is something important to go after and achieve.   What goals do you have?

Setting goals

1. Remember a time when you were happy, very happy.   Remember that moment.

2. Use that positive energy and thought experience to explore ideas that would create a similar feeling.   Write down all the ideas you have (goals, desires, wants).

3.  Find the best ideas in that list and take the best five ideas (goals that you’d like to achieve).

4.  Which idea is the most strong out of that list of five, the most important for you right now.   Circle that idea.

5. Break that idea into action points.
    –  What is the five year goal (if the goal is that big)?
    – Where do you want to be in 3 years?
    – Where do you want to be in 2 years?
    – Where do you want to be in 1 year?
    – Where do you want to be in 6 months.

6. What needs to be done to achieve the 6 month goal.  What steps will you want to take?

7. Take action, start working towards that 6 month goal.  ( If it makes sense break the 6 month goal into one month goals.  )

Setting small reachable and doable tasks are important if you are to reach your goal.   As each small goal is achieved find a way to celebrate that success.  Keep building up the momentum and success will be easier to obtain.

Find someone who will hold you accountable for reaching each small goal along the way.   That person should be non-judgmental in their approach, and an encourager when the work is hard and tiring.

“The greatest achievement was at first and for a time a dream. The oak sleeps in the acorn; the bird waits in the egg; and in the highest vision of the soul a waking angel stirs. Dreams are the seedlings of realities.’  James Allen