Goals don’t just happen by themselves. True goals happen because you take one step at a time. All progress comes from well-chosen, individual steps that are broken down into manageable pieces. Goals should be realistic and produce results. Most people set goals but they have no idea what steps to take before you set out on achieving those goals. As you set your goals, take the time to think out or brainstorm with others to determine which are the important steps to take, and in what order.
Have you ever looked back on an event in your life for a frame of reference, using it to determine the steps that will lead to success? The hazard here is to let the past limit what you think is achievable.
As people age, our entire life has been full of experiences. What sometimes happens is that we think we don’t need new experiences since we’ve accomplished so much.
The opposite is actually true.
In order to keep living, new experiences are needed on a continuous basis. If you’re not moving forward in life, you’re moving towards death. And that certainly isn’t the point I want to be moving towards. Oh, don’t get me wrong, I truly believe that each one of us will die at some point in our lives, and when my time comes I will be ready to accept moving to a new world.
In the meantime, you can bet I’ll be living life to its fullest, enjoying every minute of every day. Think about people who know the end is near, how it changes them so they begin to appreciate all that they have been given and people that surround them. Why is an imminent death needed to spur this change? I don’t believe it should be necessary, I believe in living life with no regrets, and that includes spending time having fun with the people I love.
I’ve been asked, “Why do you continually want to change things when they are working good right now?”
This question caused me to sit back and reflect for a while. Why is it that I keep wanting to move to the next step, a better place, life on my terms? As I examined my own thought process, I started to identify why this was so for me. I truly believe that if we continue to do the same things day after day, month after month, year after year, these same things begin to lose their effectiveness. The world is constantly changing and evolving, and in order to move with the world we need to keep evolving as well. If we don’t, we quickly get left behind. Ah-ha! THAT’s what happens to some when they retire, they get left behind! Take a look around you at the people you know who have retired in the past 3-5 years. Are they changing, upgrading, and evolving, or are they sitting still, being left behind, or maybe even moving backwards? If you’re not growing, your dieing.
If you really want to thrive in retirement, you have to realize there will be challenges along the way. You may have to constantly push yourself to move forward to make things happen. You’ll have to continually keep your eye focused into the future. Consider this: when you were 20 years old, how far out did you plan? I’d bet you planned to live at least until you are 60 or 70, even if you didn’t know exactly what would happen between the ages of 20 and 60. So when you are 70, don’t you think it might be important to plan to live to at least 100? And when you’re 100, what would happen if you plan to live until you’re 120, or 140? Now you might say, `that’s ridiculous, I’ll never live until I’m 140′. How do you know? If you say you won’t you’re probably right. It will become a self-fulfilling prophecy.
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So let me ask you this, how much longer do you plan to live? As you set your goals on the future, how does it change what you do today?