Posted by: David D. Daggett | May 17, 2010

Let’s Get Going

Let’s Get Going

      What are your goals and what is your action plan to get there? At some point we need to harness our goals with active action towards the result we want to achieve.

Let’s Get Going!

      I am now ten weeks out from my next Ironman competition. I left home at the crack of down Saturday morning for my scheduled three-hour bike ride. It was a beautiful day, and I felt better and better with each passing mile. After I was already fully committed, I called home for “permission” to be a little longer than I had planned. The result was I ended up putting in a hard 100 mile solo effort in a little over five hours with no stops. I had to get it going!

       Our goals, if they are not followed up with actions, are simply wishful thinking. This wishful thinking without action has been followed by rationalization as to why we didn’t reach our goals or intended results. This rationalization is nothing more than self-imposed excuses. Excuses buy you nothing and get you nowhere.

       Over the past six weeks (and 20 years) of our Safe Sober Prom Night program I have spoken with literally thousands of students. Typically I ask them what their goals are or where are their going. That is always followed up with how are you going to get there.

       Let’s take some simple goals that many of us take for granted. Statistics tell us that in today’s world if you do not graduate from high school you have a 90 percent chance of spending the entire rest of your life in poverty. Further, by the time these students are my age, I believe that if you do not have further education beyond high school you will have a 90 percent chance of spending the rest of your life in poverty. That is reality. So, for our students, a first goal needs to be to graduate from high school, and the next goal is to get further education.

        I love speaking with sophomores. Sophomores typically are in need of outside direction and are willing to accept it. They also have enough time to do something positive to influence the future of their high school education and prepare the path for education beyond high school.

       Taking action to achieve goals is not a matter of chance, it is a choice. When speaking with the students I explain that their choice starts now. Not tomorrow, not next year, not after Plan A doesn’t work. It starts now in taking positive action steps toward a goal which will drastically increase the odds of having a positive result, and life.

       The same principles work in business, with our families, athletics, and our religious organizations. No excuses, let’s get going.

      What are the goals you are working toward? The time is now – let’s get going!

Getting it going,


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