Why set goals?

Goals setters see opportunity. Those that don’t have goals become skeptics.

Goal setters look for knowledge to accomplish their goals. Those that don’t never crack a book.

Goal setters are able to add value to others and make a better income. Those that don’t avoid helping others.

Goal setters are happier. Those that don’t never understand that happiness is something you create.

Goal setters preform actions leading to accomplishment. Those that don’t seek inaction and are always rewarded with nothing.

Goal setters are open to new relationships. Those that don’t avoid new relationships because they fear the worse.

Set goals. Don’t be one that doesn’t.

 

The place you want to be

I could tell you the place you want to be is home or at a place you’ve dreamt about for many years. Maybe a cool vacation destination.

But those are not the places I’m talking about.

The place to be in right here in the now. Not yesterday. Not years ago in a time that was memorable for you. Certainly not tomorrow or in six months.

Of course physically everyone is here right now but their thoughts are drifting.

Think about a time in your life what was very enjoyable. You were happy and even laughing. You might have been very productive and clicking on all cylinders.

Were you there in those moments or was your mind off in the past or future?

See what I mean?

Living right here this very second is the only place you’ll want to be.

Now gets rid of the;

  • I can’t
  • I’m scared
  • I’m lonely
  • I’m unhealthy
  • I’m anxious
  • I wish it was like….

Now creates:

  • I’m doing it
  • I like what is happening
  • I’m making it real
  • I’m joyful
  • Let’s do this together
  • Hugs

Be in that place. It’s the only place to be.

Ironman; An Act of Faith to Go the Distance

Recently I’ve given several public speeches and intertwined lessons and stories from my Ironman triathlon experiences. I’ve been getting asked at almost every presentation if I have a blog about it. I’ve never thought it was a topic that would interest anyone so I’ve never written about it. Perhaps they’ve inquired because of the stories I’ve shared that personally connect with them.

With your permission I thought I’d start to share some of the stories of Ironman. If you’d rather not have them, just shoot me an email and if I get several “don’t write about that” messages, I’ll stop.

One reaction that I almost always receive when someone discovers that I’ve finished 15 Ironman’s after the age of 50 is look of disbelief. Everyone is always supportive though and I appreciate that.

I suppose like you, there was that first thought of doing something you’d never done before too and it grew and grew until you actually did it. It was that way with me too, I had only heard about the Ironman mostly from watching the replay of the race in Hawaii on NBC Sports. For you doing something special grew out of

What can we learn from birds that don’t have a lot of stuff?

Why do we have to have big homes and then storage barns? Some of us even rent storage units for our “extra” stuff.

We need nice storage units to put our stuff that we don’t use.

Do we need all that stuff? What is the purpose of all our stuff? Does it bring us security? Satisfaction?

Have you ever seen a bird have a big nest to store it’s stuff? Birds don’t have stuff. They don’t sow and reap either and seem to be well cared for.

Who takes care of the bird’s needs? Does that same being take care of our needs?

People who seek more and more stuff may not ever have enough stuff.

People who seek truth seem to have more than enough stuff. They also allow the being that takes care of the birds to also take care of their needs. I guess when you have truth, what stuff you have doesn’t get in the way of gaining abundance.

What I like about not have a lot of stuff is that I don’t have to worry about forgetting where I put it.

What are the cardboard boxes in your life?

I’ve noticed that a lot of people seem to be unfilled unless they do something really spectacular.

That is perhaps why so many people never achieve fulfillment because they compare their lives against some larger than life outcomes.

There are not many “larger than life outcomes” to go around.

What happened to the fulfillment most individuals I’ve talked to seem to have had in childhood? It’s amazing to me how many people, as children, got a major rush just creating something with a large cardboard box.

Do you realize how many cardboard boxes there still are that one could “play” with? No judgement. No expectation. No deadline. Just purely creating something you see in your mind and with simple tools like a knife, tape and color markers, set out to create it.

What are the cardboard boxes you still have in your life? Seems there are more of them than a limited amount of “larger than life outcomes” to seek.