I like to set new goals for myself.
When I was younger, I set goals that would ultimately lead to being able to rely on myself and allow for a more stable life, because at the time, it was so unpredictable.
I wrote this down in my high school memory book…
Apparently, I was a fortune teller, because I have exactly three children and I am hitting that 10 year marriage milestone this August…which, I might add, is no small feat.
Oh, and I’m happy to report that I have had plenty of party, party, fun times and backyard barbecues under my belt since writing that goal sheet in 1997.
Good times indeed.
But here’s the thing, all those goals above, were met a couple of years ago…
Some people would be content with living out their days in that gift but, I’m restless, what can I say.
So, I’ve started to set new goals…writing goals, blogging goals, parenting goals, travel goals, personal-stop-worrying-so-much-and-live-more-like-that-teen-in-the-memory-book-goals.
But, I’ve also hit some road blocks recently with those goals.
I’ve had doors closed.
And it blows.
It makes me feel pretty crummy.
But that’s why I keep around people like my husband who encourage me to keep moving or friends who cheer me on via twitter or text and email when I’m having a “whoa is me” kind of day.
And, it’s why I keep books like Katie Couric’s The Best Advice I Ever Got: Lessons from Extraordinary Lives on my bookshelf, because they have words like this in them…
“The surest way to lose at any endeavor is to quit…Don’t give up. Fatique, discomfort, discouragement are merely symptoms of effort…I was on the verge of giving up when salvation was staring me right in the face. Had I not taken that one last walk across the road, I would have failed…you quit, you fail.”
~ Morgan Freeman
It’s words like those above that help me pick myself up, dust myself off and continue to move forward with a renewed strength and perspective.
Because I know that I want to continue growing. I know that I cannot sit idle and wait for life to happen to me. I know that I want to continue to learn, attain goals and discover new things. By reaching for new goals and discovering new things about myself, I feel alive. Even if I have to slow down for a few months on occasion because life in the military with three little ladies demands it. I am a success if I continue to chip away, little by little.
What new goals have you set for yourself recently?
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