Monday, September 12, 2016

Grow Through Noble Goals!


Are you growing? Are you learning? Are you excited about what you're working on?

We need to keep growing. The alternative is just not appealing. Grow. Learn. Make new roads and set new directions.

Here are some goals worth growing for:


  1. Achieve peace thru dialogue
  2. Reform banking into a fair and stable system
  3. Build stronger relationships thru deeper conversations.
  4. Develop shared understanding by discovering, exploring and creating art and music.
  5. Normalize climate thru conservation and renewable energy


Do you need more?

That's a hefty list. Call it my wish list. Noble goals all. I have NO IDEA how to achieve any of them, they are all much bigger than me or my influence. But maybe you have a clue. Maybe you have a way. Maybe you know someone who knows someone who...you get the idea.

We've got to start somewhere, AND we've got to grow, so why not grow thru noble goals.

Break them down. Get started. Grow.

-- Doug Smith


Friday, September 9, 2016

Goals Help You Manage Your Time


Time doesn't care. No matter what you're doing, it just keeps moving along. For a large part of my life there seemed to be an insistent ticking going on in the background of my existence. Everything had an urgency about it because any distraction was keeping me from doing what I was meant to be doing. Whatever that was. Because that changed over the years. Goals change, people change, life changes.

I have no patience for wasting time, even though it's one of my super powers. It's a gift to never be bored, but that also means that anything, absolutely anything, can become so fascinating that it's like falling down a rabbit hole with no end. Fun, interesting, fascinating, but sometimes (gasp!) wasting time.

Goals help me with that. I set goals for every day. What 5 things do I NEED to accomplish today to feel good about how I've spent my time? What will bring me closer to my mission? What do I want to remember this day for?

I don't always do it. And, sometimes when I do I don't achieve all 5 things. But, it's a start. Goals help. Goals focus. And when we pay attention to them, time is not wasted.

What are your 5 goals for today?

-- Doug Smith


Thursday, September 8, 2016

Get Going!


If you stopped right now, took a walk, then took the rest of the day off, would you have accomplished something meaningful? Would you have achieved a goal?

I can get stuck. I can procrastinate. But give me a goal, and I'm all over it.

Goals get us going. Get going!

-- Doug Smith


Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Find Shared Meaning


Have you ever tried to get someone to buy into one of your goals, only to have them steadfastly resist?

It seems so easy to understand why we'd want to work on our goals, but it's not always so easy for others.

What does the goal mean? What benefits are there in the goal? How will things be better?

Which problem does your goal help to solve?

Once we find shared meaning on our goals, it's much easier to inspire action on them.

Figure out what your goals mean to others -- and help them to understand that. If it matters to them, your goal is well on its way toward success.

-- Doug Smith


Tuesday, September 6, 2016

It's Not An Excuse If It's Necessary


Who gets to waster your time?

There's only one right answer to that: you do. Anyone else wasting your time is truly a waste a time. We can waste our own time in rejuvenation, in recreation, in contemplation. Then it isn't really a waste at all. But, if someone else is distracting you, annoying you, and just wasting your time, why on earth should you ever tolerate that?

When someone is wasting your time, excuse yourself to work on a goal.

It's better than an excuse: it's a positive (and necessary) reason.

Goals must come before wasted time. Or it all becomes wasted time.

-- Doug Smith