Have you ever heard of a Round Tuit? It’s an invaluable little device and if you can get your hands on one you’ll be amazed at what you can get accomplished – you know all those things you’ve been putting off doing? Like the chapter-by-chapter synopsis for your book – I know, I haven’t gotten ‘around to it’ yet myself. Or carving out that invaluable niche of time necessary for writing. Hard to get ‘around to it’, isn’t it? And then there’s the research that needs doing – haven’t got ‘around to it’ either. Woe is me! How will I ever get around to achieving all my writing goals if I don’t get ‘around to it’?
That’s why I have enjoyed this blog session so much. You have all inspired me to do better with my own goal setting. I’m amazed at how diverse a group we are and yet can still be connected by so many common threads. As I have read and reflected on your blog posts these past two weeks, I’ve been reminded that I have had many examples of dedicated goal achievers in my life. They inspire me as I hope they will you.
“If you don’t know where you are going, you will probably end up somewhere else.” Laurence J. Peter
I have a friend who is backpacking around Vietnam right now. She took a minimal amount of clothing and larger amount of first aid and emergency supplies and won’t be back for five weeks. Why? Because it had always been a dream of hers and, at fifty-eight, she was afraid she wouldn’t be able to make it a reality unless she finally got around to it. So she set a goal, started saving and when the opportunity presented itself she was ready.
“Obstacles are those things you see when you take your eyes off the goal.” Hannah More
Celeste is a nursing student at the college I work part-time at. An immigrant to Canada, she has overcome many obstacles in her desire to become a nurse. That yearning began when she was a young girl treated at a mission health clinic in Haiti. She credits those missionaries with saving her life…and changing it. She wanted to be just like them, so she set a goal that everyone thought was unattainable.
She struggled through poverty and lack of adequate education before immigrating to Canada and enduring more poverty while she worked at menial jobs and upgraded her high school education so that she could finally enroll in the nursing program. She will graduate this May and has always intended to return to Haiti and serve the country and the people she loves. I saw her just days after the earthquake and with tears in her eyes, she told me her resolve hadn’t wavered now that her ultimate goal is in sight. She will still go home in the spring. Haiti needs her more than ever now.
Divide each difficulty into as many parts as is feasible and necessary to resolve it. Rene Descartes
My friend, Mary, died of cancer several years ago but I still remember (though find it hard to apply) her example when it comes to resolve. After her initial diagnosis she resolved to beat the cancer ravaging her body. They gave her months to live; she thrived for years. They told her she couldn’t go back to work; she continued counseling high school students in her capacity as guidance counselor until the last time she was admitted into the hospital.
I think she actually accomplished more in those two and a half ‘cancer’ years than I have in ten ‘healthy’ years. How did she to do it? She made mini-goals and broke them down even further. She didn’t get overwhelmed at the thought of going into work on a ‘bad’ day because she eased into it in stages. First she’d work on the sitting up part and then on the getting her feet into slippers part. Then she’d shuffle down the hall and have a shower. Each small feat was an accomplishment and all of them made the end result entirely doable…getting to school and working with her kids.
Though no one can go back and make a brand new start, anyone can start from now and make a brand new beginning. Author Unknown
I’m ready for a new beginning and the promises it will bring…how about you?