Life is either a daring adventure, or it is nothing.
-Helen Keller

The following is an excerpt from Money Success & You, a book by John Kehoe.

19362576 - young man climbing natural rocky wall with tropical valley on the backgroundI love sailing. I have a beautiful 32-foot wooden schooner that was hand-built by a friend of mine who is a master West Coast craftsman. I go out in it as often as possible. Sometimes I’ll take the boat out in the afternoon and just sail around the harbor, back and forth, enjoying the sun and wind in my face. I don’t end up going anywhere, but that’s because I’m sailing just for the sake of sailing. Other times, I’ll take off for a week or more. Occasionally, even for a month or two. At these times I have a clearly defined destination. Each day I study the charts carefully before I begin and set myself a course for the day. I navigate. I choose and trim the sails according to wind conditions, correct my bearing and make changes as necessary. I watch for and recognize signs along the way, a reef here, an island there; at each point of the journey I try to establish both where I am and where I’m going. I can’t imagine doing it any other way. It can’t be done any other way. Imagine sailing off with no charts or no course, just with hope and determination that you will arrive. How ridiculous, and yet that’s what we do when we head off in life, hoping and wanting the best but setting no goals as to how to achieve it. Is it any wonder we don’t arrive? “The reason most people don’t achieve their goals in life,” remarked author and lecturer Dennis Waitley, rather dryly, “is because they didn’t have any in the first place.” Everyone wants to be healthy, happy, successful and hundreds of other things, but not everyone has goals that map out how they will achieve these objectives.

Are You Like Alice in Wonderland?

In Lewis Carrol’s classic Through the Looking Glass, one scene has Alice completely lost, not knowing which way to turn, so she asks the Cheshire cat, perched comfortably on a tree limb, for some help.

“Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here?” asks Alice.
“That depends a good deal on where you want to get to,” replies the cat.
“I don’t much care where,” says Alice.
Then it doesn’t much matter which way you go,” comes the reply.
“So long as I get somewhere,” Alice adds in explanation.
“Oh, you’re sure to do that,” grins the cat.

I love that. It’s so absurd and yet all too similar to the way we often live our lives. We make a tragic error when we mistake working hard and being busy with achieving goals. We assume that if we’re working hard we must be getting ahead. But working hard and trying to get ahead without specific, clearly defined goals on how to get there is living in a fool’s paradise. And the sooner we recognize this, the better.

What Do You Want Out of Life?

What do you want out of life? Do you know? If you’re not sure it’s probably time for some serious self-reflection. Each of us at certain times in our life need to stop and take stock of where we are and where we are going, to make certain that the direction our life is moving in is the direction we want. The goals you set for yourself will determine the circumstances and situations you will meet in life. This being so, choose wisely and pursue those things that are closest to your heart. I’m reminded of the saying, “A man climbed the ladder of success only to discover it was against the wrong wall.” Don’t make wrong choices in your life. Your goals s