Translating goals into activity

How well will your purpose and goals (short-term or long-term goals) make it onto your to-do list this week?

One great way to measure your passion for your goals is that connection. The “some day I want to” kind of thinking regarding goals simply doesn’t translate well into action. As you’ve heard it said, “a goal without a plan is just a dream.”

One of two things needs to change.

Either you’ve got the wrong long-term goals — or you’ve assumed you can’t do anything much about them, so back into the file drawer they go…. If the latter is the case,

find some connectivity — even if it’s a single baby step that will get you moving in the direction you know you WANT to go!

For instance:

  •  I will begin reading that book I bought….
  •  I will call ____________ and ask for some time to talk about my goals
  •  I will do 30 minutes of research on ____________

Write it; assign a time this week to get it done — gain some accountability — and you will revel in some new connection between what you want to do and what you’re actually doing!

Finishing Well

This one is for anyone who gets started in a project, a relationship or a massive responsiblity and discovers how hard things can get…

It happened in the Olympics in Mexico City back in 1968:

At the Olympic stadium, the sounds of police sirens captured the attention of the few remaining spectators in the Olympic stadium late that particular evening. 

Out of the cold darkness he came. John Stephen Akhwari, the final runner in the 26-mile marathon, a young man from Tanzania, entered at the far end of the stadium.  His country was in the Olympics for the first time, since being established in 1964.  As he came, pain hobbled every step he took; his leg was bloody and bandaged from a bad fall very early in the race — he had run and walked most of the marathon that day in great pain. 

The winner of the Olympic marathon had been declared over an hour earlier.  But still this final runner had pressed on.  When he crossed the finish line, the small crowd roared its appreciation.

Afterward, a sportscaster asked him why he had not simply retired from the race, after being injured and knowing he had no chance of winning.  He seemed confused by the question.  Finally he answered: “My country did not send me to 9,000 miles to start the race, they sent me to finish”.

Finishing — and finishing well. The challenge to you and me very often is precisely the one faced by Akhwari that day. It’s not the challenge to win. His competition, he knew, was not with others when he took the last legs of his race. It was with the dogged temptation to settle, to give in, to declare himself a loser and act like one! Have you made the powerful discovery that your challenges are intended, not to get you out of the race, but to steel your determination to finish your race.

The temptation to quit a job, a marriage, a business might be beyond anything you anticipated when you began. You’ve maybe heard the voices of other early quitters telling you what a waste it is to continue. But something tells you, there’s more to this that a line at the end of the track. You ready to join the company of finishers?