Goals – Using Your Life For Something Great


Do any of you ever get the feeling that you’re already so far behind compared to where you wish you were, that you wonder if you’ll ever catch up? You suddenly realize “Wait a second! I’m ‘this many years old. How did I end up in this place without doing something really great?”

Recently I’ve been looking at my life, what I’ve accomplished and what I wish I’ve accomplished, and I get this feeling of urgancy, like I need to really step it up. I hear about people who had a publisher by the time they were 15. People who were running full hospitals by the time they were 25. People who were pastoring one of the largest churches in the United States by the time they were 35, and I feel waayyy behind. Maybe it’s just because I’m an overachiever.

I wish I could sit down today knowing that I have books out there in bookstores. Wishing I have a publisher waiting for me to finish my next series. Wishing I had a stack of letters from people who’s lives have been changed through my books. Wishing I had made it big so I could support hundreds of needy children in third-world countries.

In reality though, I’m just me. The girl who feels a call to write and change the world through her words. A girl who has so many great ideas but is limited by her lack of energy. A girl who is actually doing better than she realizes most of the time, because she does have two e-books and a soon-to-be-released print book.

I’m happy with my life, I really am. I’m working each day on learning new things. On writing. On growing as a person. I just wish I had started earlier. I wish I had sat down and thought seriously about my goals when I was eight. When I was ten. When I was twelve. I don’t mean I would do away with my childhood, because I wouldn’t. Even back then though, if I had a better idea of where I was going, then I would (in all likelyhood) be further ahead than where I am now.

Let me ask you some questions. How many of you out there have written, measureable goals? How many of you work on accomplishing your goals at least once a month? Once a week? Once a day? When someone asks you what you want to do with your life, are you left shrugging your shoulders and mumbling something that you hope will change the subject? Or do you have to calm yourself down so you don’t talk their ears off because you’re so excited about life?

I don’t mean just saying ‘I want to be a writer’ (etc…), but knowing what you want to write about. Why you want to write. How you’re going to accomplish your dream of getting your books into other people’s hands so they can read them. And on, and on, and on.

If you had five minutes right now to write down what you think you’ll accomplish if you live a regular-length life, would you know what to put on the paper? If you do know, are you working towards those things?

From the polls I put up on my blog last month, it seems that a lot of the people who read my blog are below the age of 25. In my mind, the only time that would be better to start working on your goals than now would have been five years ago… And since we can’t do that, why not start today?

I’m not saying that I think you should stop having fun with your life or grow up too fast, but really, ten years from now are you going to look back and think ‘Wow, I’m thrilled that I spent all those years playing video games (watching TV, reading books, surffing the web, etc…)!’ Or will you be thinking more along the lines of ‘If only I had worked harder back then, I’d be so much further ahead now!’

I would love to see what some of your goals are if you have them written down. And if you don’t, why don’t you take two or three weeks (or several months) to really think about them and begin coming up with a plan for your life. And of course goals aren’t unchangeable, but if you’re going to be working on them every day, you need to make sure that it’s seriously what you want to do.

For me, I want to make sure that all of my goals are God-honoring and focusing on what He wants me to do with my life. I want to serve Him, and therefore my goals need to reflect that. I need to use my time and energy to do what He created me to do. Praying and asking God to help when you’re working on goals is really important, because even if you accomplish really great things, if it’s not what God wants you to do, then what’s the point? So, here’s what my dad would say if he were talking to y’all: Pray, Think Big, Set Goals, Be Amazed!

{I would be delighed to hear from you. If you’d rather not leave a comment with your goals, you could email me at aidylewoh(at)gmail(dot)com}

“You can’t hit a target you cannot see, and you cannot see a target you do not have.”
Zig Ziglar

Commiting your goals to paper increases the likelihood of your achieving them by one thousand percent!
Brian Tracy

“People with goals succeed because they know where they are going… It’s as simple as that.” Earl Nightingale
“There is no achievement without goals.”Robert J. McKaine

Goals in writting are dreams with deadlines.
Brian Tracy

I find it fascinating that most people plan their vacation with better care than they do their lives.Perhaps that is because escape is easier than change.
Jim Rohn

“Without goals, and plans to reach them, you are like a ship that has set sail with no destination.” Fitzhugh Dodson
“Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off your goals.” Anonymous

“Goals that are not written down are just wishes.”Anonymous

“The goal you set must be challenging. At the same time, it should be realistic and attainable, not impossible to reach. It should be challenging enough to make you stretch, but not so far that you break.” Rick Hansen

“If you don’t know where you are going, you might wind up someplace else.” Yogi Berra

“You must have long term goals to keep you from being frustrated by short term failures.”
Charles C. Noble

“What you get by achieving your goals is not as important as what you become by achieving your goals.”
Zig Ziglar

My Dream List

I started a Dream List and made a page for it on my header. 
Most of these aren’t dreams that will be easy or quick to accomplish, but they’re there because it’s part of me. Part of what I dream about. Part of who and where I see myself in the future. 
*Note: these aren’t my goals, these are my dreams*

Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined.

Henry David Thoreau

Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world.

Harriet Tubman

Commitment leads to action. Action brings your dream closer.
Marcia Wieder

Every artist was first an amateur.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Don’t wait for extraordinary opportunities. Seize common occasions and make them great.
Orison Swett Marden

No great man ever complains of want of opportunities.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Burn The Boats

I am very pleased right now to be sitting in a clean, organized, sorted room. Now that might not seem like a big deal to you, but you see last week I decided to go through my whole room, including dumping out junk drawers, etc… And then soon after I started, we began a huge project at work, and that consumed all of my time, which left me with a messy room that was very detrimental to my inspiration streak. It’s clean now, though, so I’m good.
My writing area, with Novel sitting on my chair.
You can see my printer, dry erase board, etc…
Having everything clean again is making me very happy, because I have a ton of editing that I still need to do (basically, I’ve barely started), and it’s so much easier to edit in a clean room. Probably because I’m not looking around, telling myself that I should be working on something else. I’ve also found that editing in the middle of the night is a good way to stay focused. There isn’t much going on (around here at least) at 2:00 or 3:00 a.m. Sometimes I just randomly wake up hours after I’ve gone to sleep and I get an hour or so of editing done then, and sometimes I just stay up late. 
So, you might be wondering by now what all of that ^ has to do with the title of this post Burn The Boats, and that actually goes along with the movie that I have uploaded below. It’s one of those stories that really inspired me when I first heard it. I hope y’all like it!

A Winning Mindset

{Note: when talking about Winners & Losers, I’m focusing on the mindset aspect}
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Winners align themselves with like-minded people…
Winners understand the importance of being part of a team.

“Teams make you better than you are, multiply your value, enable you to do what you do best, allow you to help others do their best, give you more time, provide you with companionship, help you fulfill the desires of your heart and compound your vision and effort.” -John Maxwell

This is so important: We become like those with whom we associate.
Choose your friends wisely. Make sure to limit your time with negative people.
Spend time with those whom you’d like to emulate.

Winners create win-win relationships.
Losers think that somebody has to lose in order for somebody to win.

Winners know how to Relax. Winners “Earn” their recreation time. 

Winners work hard so they can play hard.

Losers view work as something they are required to do in order to “pay their bills”.

{Pictures taken by my adopted mom}

Winners work on their Communication Skills. Winners are Constant Learners.
Losers don’t care about “Self-Improvement”.

Losers are glad that they’re “out of school”.

Winners stay busy. Winners are productive and proactive. 
Winners “get out there” and “get the job done”.
Losers lay on the couch or sit in an easy chair, thinking about “doing”, but never actually doing it.