We all do it. Every year we make a pact with ourselves to meet a certain goal. Some of these goals are small: losing 5 pounds before swimsuit season, keeping up with friends, writing in a daily journal are a few I’ve had personally. Many are moderate but strong goals, mostly centered around business and self-improvement. Others are huge, and actually quite inspiring: Hattie Montgomery’s weight loss success, Werner Berger’s climb up Mt. Everest, and currently Mike Alsop’s 777 project (seven marathons in seven days on seven continents) come to mind.
My son Kevin has had a huge goal for quite a few years now. He wants to travel to Peru and climb the mountain to Machu Picchu. He has bought every travel book available, researches on the internet, and carries around a notebook filled with his dreams, which he reviews multiple times a day.
Every goal has it’s challenges, though. The ice cream calls our name on a hot summer day, we spend time busily taking care of mundane details, the economy slows our business. Kevin’s extra challenge is an anxiety disorder added to multiple health concerns. Two years ago he had trouble leaving his bedroom, much less travel 13 hours to Peru. Moderate car trips are still a challenge, as staying in a hotel overnight provokes his anxiety. And yet, still, he wants to travel to Peru and see the wonders of Machu Picchu.
How do we break through the challenges we face when reaching for our goals? By taking simple, steady steps that direction. We are fortunate to be inspired everyday by the people who surround us. I discovered Jennifer Gresham and her blog series on Building Courage a few months ago. She inspired me to keep taking action steps toward my goal, and to encourage my son to do the same. You can read more about COURAGE at a previous article I wrote.
A local friend of mine calls himself Leon “The Encourager” Bullard. Leon writes a newsletter and administrates a facebook page filled with stories and encouragement to enjoy the journey along the way, no matter what you goal may be. I’ll be sure to listen to his radio interview on The Boomer Beat with Beverly Mahone on July 9 at noon EDT, and I encourage you to do the same.
This week I was also joyfully introduced to entrepreneur and small business advocate Jen Groover. New USANA spokeswoman Jen knows how to make the changes, or as she calls them, transformations, stick. That’s why she’s inviting us all to unleash our inner power by taking part in The Best You Challenge. Jen will be posting daily videos with inspiration and daily challenges for 60 days.
Are you facing a challenging goal? I invite you to participate in The Best You Challenge. Connect with us on facebook, and bring along an accountability partner. Sharing this challenge with others has the greatest impact and success. Or better yet, let me know your own goals and you and I can be accountable to each other. I’ll be posting my personal journey here at www.robinthomas.biz .