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“Action is the foundational key to all success.” – Pablo Picasso

This is the last key element in you top-10 goals checklist – Your goals need to be supported.

Now there are 3 schools of thought on this last key element.  One is that you tell the world about your goal/s because that will make you more accountable.   But I feel this is putting undue pressure on yourself.

The second school of thought is tell no one and when you do succeed, you’ll be the hero. Trouble with this theory is if you tell no one, it’s too easy to just give up.  After all, who will know the difference since you never told anyone.

The third school of thought is to tell a few key friends who will be there to help you with some much-needed emotional support when the going gets tough and you feel like quitting.

So there you have it.  The ten key elements to goal setting and goal realization.




“Let us touch the dying, the poor, the lonely and the unwanted according to the graces we have received and let us not be ashamed or slow to do the humble work.” – Mother Teresa

This is number 9 in the top 10 goals checklist – Your goals must include contribution. Contributions can and should be in time, talent and/or money because remember what you sow is what you reap.

So many people are consumed with making more and more money that they forget to give back to society. You cannot constantly keep taking without giving back;  then you are simply a taker.  Eventually takers are seen for what they really are and will lose out in the long run.

I’m not saying you should blindly give to anything. Think, and think hard – remember #6 – your goals should be in alignment with your values. Well when you give back to society, make sure what you are giving to is also in alignment with your values.

This is fairly easy if we give back in time and talent because we know where and for whom we are giving our time and talent to.  When it comes to giving your money, do you really know what that organization stands for, what their core values are?

In giving, you need to understand that all you have comes from your Creator but you also need to ensure that the money you give is being used in accordance with you values. If you do not believe in abortion, contraception, pre-marital sex or homosexuality, then please, please check out the organizations you are giving to. So many seemingly good organizations contribute to other organizations that support some or all of the above.

Make giving a part of your goal program and do so unconditionally.  Don’t expect a payback, do it from the heart and you will reap benefits you never even expected.



“Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant.” – Robert Louis Stevenson

This is number 8 in the top 10 goals checklist. Your goals must be realistic. Actually, dreaming big is not unrealistic, it is the time-frame you give yourself in achieving that goal that is unrealistic.

So go ahead and dream big, set yourself large goals, just be sure to allow ample time to achieve those goals.

Like I said in January, wanting to lose 150 pounds in two months is unrealistic not because of the amount of weight wanting to be lost, but because of the unrealistic  time frame given to achieve that weight loss.  Losing 150 pounds is a great goal, just be sure to allow at least one to one and a half years to achieve that goal.



“A man who wants to lead the orchestra must turn his back on the crowd.” – Max Lucado

Getting back to my post of Jan 11th 2012 the fourth and fifth key elements, of ten, to achieving your goals are:

Your goals must be flexible and your goals must be challenging and exciting.  These two elements to achieving your goals tend to go hand in hand.  If your goals are not challenging enough you may settle into a life of boredom.  When you set goals that are challenging and exciting you acquire an edge that keeps you focused and prevents you from settling on the mundane.  You also need to step out of your comfort zone if you really want to accomplish this. It will be scary to be out of your comfort zone – I know because I just did it – but this is where the greatest breakthroughs occur – when the challenges are great and your back is up against the wall.

The other element that goes along with this one is that your goals must be flexible. The last thing you want to do is design a system of achieving your goals that is so rigid it suffocates you.  The second reason you want your goals to be flexible is that if a genuine, once in a lifetime, opportunity comes along, you want to be able to change course to pursue that opportunity.



Technology  “If it keeps up, man will atrophy all his limbs but the push-button finger.” – Frank Lloyd Wright

Unsophisticated home-shoppers tend to select a real estate agent based on a chance encounter at an open house or a friend-in-the-business referral. Savvy home-shoppers, on the other hand, do their homework, contact several successful agents and prepare lists of questions to ask these agents during how-can-you-help-me-buy-a-home interviews. Some of the questions should concern how involved the agent is in the high-tech aspects of real estate. All other qualifications being equal, here are six reasons why a tech-savvy agent can be a good bet.

1. High-tech agents use e-mail to keep in touch with their clients.
If you want to communicate with your agent via e-mail about houses for sale, purchase negotiations and the status of your real estate transaction, you obviously need an agent who not only is equipped to send and receive e-mail messages, but also actually uses e-mail. Even better would be an agent with a laptop computer, alphanumeric e-mail pager or other on-the-go e-mail capability.
2. High-tech agents have great access to information.
It’s no secret that the Web contains massive amounts of pertinent, informative and helpful information about real property and the business of real estate. A high-tech agent can find neighborhood profiles, mortgage qualifying calculators, real estate news, markets trends reports and much more with a few mouse clicks.
3. High-tech agents can steer you toward educational Web sites.
First-time home buyers, in particular, need to educate themselves about the wide world of home-buying and homeownership. A high-tech agent can recommend Web resources that explain everything from how to shop for a mortgage and why you need title insurance to how to pack your belongings and where to get seeds for your vegetable garden.
4. High-tech agents can help you house-hunt on the Web and by e-mail.
The days of squinting at tiny blurry pictures in a proprietary MLS book, then driving around for hours in the agent’s car are fast coming to an end. A high-tech agent can point you to the best and biggest house-hunting Web sites and use e-mail to zap new listings that meet your criteria directly to you.
5. High tech agents network online with other high-tech agents.
E-mail is becoming a popular means of communication for real estate agents, who use it to promote their listings to one another and keep in touch with market developments. In some communities, agents who don’t use e-mail are falling out of the loop.
6. Coming soon: High-tech agents will be able to organize and manage your transaction in cyberspace.
A number of real estate companies and organizations are vying with one another to be the first to launch a truly comprehensive real estate transaction service on the Web. These networks of real estate service providers promise to reduce paperwork, speed up communication and bring buyers and sellers to the virtual closing table faster than ever before.



“The number one problem that keeps people from winning in the United States today is lack of belief in themselves.”  –  Arthur L. Williams

Little by little I will expand on each key element from my post from January 11th titled “Are You Still On Track”?

How about starting with the first key element in achieving your goals – Your goals must be your own (not what someone else wants of you). This seems like a no brainer, but when you dig a little deeper, we are all affected to one degree or another by what someone else wants of us. I’ll begin my example with a child.  As we grow, our parents are there to guide us, but sometimes what we like, doesn’t always match what our parents like.  If it is simply a matter of taste-there is no harm no foul. i.e. When I was in 6th grade I had a little transistor radio.  For those of you who are too young to know what that is – it was the first hand-held portable radio run by a nine volt battery. I remember one time listening to that radio and commenting how much I liked the way Elvis Presley sang.  My mother evidently didn’t feel the same way and tried to convince me that I really didn’t want to listen to him. Of course I didn’t listen to her and continued until today to think Elvis was one of the best pop singers ever.

Another example might be a high school student who excels in a particular subject over all the others.  The parents may try to sway that child’s decision as to what they would like to study in college.  After 4 years of college, that child may realize, they prefer something else. Worse yet is the child who becomes a professional i.e. an accountant, physician, architect, because grandpa was one and dad was one, so it is expected that JR follow in their footsteps.  This could yield some disastrous results, results such as large student loans for a job you will never be good at, or unhappiness at a job you really don’t want.

Then there are the advertisements, constantly showing women and men with perfect bodies, hair, teeth and clothes.  This is what today’s youth try to emulate to the point of making themselves sick trying to look as skinny as this one or that one.

Oh, let’s not forget the cosmetic industry or the auto industry that try to set the standards of how young we should look and what car we should drive. It’s no wonder there are so many unhappy people in this world.  They are all trying to live up to someone else’s standards.

If your goals are not your own, you will never achieve them, it’s as simple as that!


“Imagination has brought mankind through the dark ages to its present state of civilization. Imagination led Columbus to discover America. Imagination led Franklin to discover electricity.”  –  L. Frank Baum

A month or so ago, I went to a safety seminar given by a representative of the diocesan insurance company. I work for the diocese as a DRE for my church.  A DRE is “Director of Religious Education”.  I oversee the entire education program and in so doing am responsible for insuring the safety of the children that attend on Sunday.  I won’t go into all the boring topics, but one in particular struck me as being helpful not just for large buildings such as schools, churches and office buildings, but it could also benefit the homeowner.  I have made a PDF of the information in its’ entirety, because the gentleman who presented the information did not want it disseminated.  So as you read through it, keep in mind it was geared to an institution, yet many items in the document can be applied to a home.  To access the document click on the following words “Lightning Protection”.

I hope you enjoy the awesome pictures of this tremendous force of nature!

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