What are your goals and dreams for your life?
What do you want to do, be or have before you kick the bucket?
Did you know that many people have no idea? If you were to ask
them, “What are your most important goals?”, they would have
trouble answering you.
Hence the saying that most people spend more time planning their
vacations than they spend planning their lives.
Establishing goals and planning for the type of life you want is
so important. Human beings are goal-striving organisms.
If you doubt this, think about a baby just learning how to walk.
The baby is driven to master this new skill. She could be content
to continue crawling, because her parents will still pick her up
and carry her to wherever she needs to be.
But the baby is driven to learn how to walk, to be able to go when
and where she wants to. She may fall down a lot, but that doesn’t
stop her. She is fixated.
She also has support from her environment. Her parents and other
adults around her encourage her. They look at her with that gaze
of positive expectancy. They know that, despite the falls and
setbacks, she will indeed learn how to walk.
Just like that baby, you too need a goal or goals to strive for.
A worthy goal helps keep you on track. It gives you positive
expectation and hope that your life will get better.
However, before you begin to run full speed ahead toward your
goals, take a few minutes to plan and reflect. Put the power of
your imagination and your emotions to work for you.
(1)IMAGINATION. Imagine yourself after you have accomplished
your goal. How does it look? How does it feel? Imagine the
(2) FAITH. Believe it can happen. More importantly, believe it
can happen for YOU! As the Bible says, “Faith is the substance
of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” Provide
yourself with that positive expectancy, that certainty the
parent has when helping the baby learn how to walk.
(3) ACTION. Here’s where the rubber meets the road. Get going
and make your dreams happen! Take the small initial steps that
serve to correct your course toward the direction you wish to
go. Small course corrections today can mean major changes in
your life tomorrow.
Keep on track. Get back on track when you mess up. There’s
plenty of time and space for you to do what you need and want
BONUS STEP: IMAGINATION. Yes, back to imagination. Every day,
use that image of goal achievement – what you will be like
and how you will feel once you achieve your goal – to keep
Remember: each day, each discipline, each new thing learned
builds on the others, propelling you towards your goals and
You Can Do It!
Karen Van Ness
“Best Breathing Exercises: Transform Body Mind and Spirit with
Dynamic Energy Exercise!”
Copyright, Karen Van Ness, 2011