A friend of mine asked me an interesting question recently. Our discussion involved lifetime goals and I experienced some trouble articulating a few of mine. So he said, “Let’s look at this another way. Where do you want to be at the end of your life, looking back?” After I heard that question and considered my goals from that viewpoint, describing both my personal and professional goals became much easier.
The same friend loaned me his copy of Stephen Covey’s book, The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People. My friend’s question came from this book. The book raises other intriguing points to ponder, such as what can I alter about my life and what can I do to change how I feel about certain situations in the past that can’t be changed.
The book also made me think about some goals I’m currently working on and how to gauge how successful they’ve been. Achieving some of these goals have gotten me further toward where I want to be, and now it’s time to charge forward, be adventurous and attempt more goals. (Hey, what can I say, people; I like strategy and planning.)
I admire adventurous people such as polar explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton and Everest climber Sir Edmund Hillary, who endured some of the most inhospitable environments on earth, kept going, and triumphed despite numerous setbacks. And in the blogosphere, I’ve found fellow blogger Lesley Carter of Bucket List Publications, whose appetite for life and adventure inspires me every time I read her posts. I hope that I become as lucky in life as she is.
As a theater button I own says, “Enjoy life — This is not a dress rehearsal.”