This post was inspired by something I saw on the back of my niece’s soccer practice jersey.
“A goal is a dream with a deadline.”
This simple, yet thought-provoking definition led me to see a chain reaction using dominos. I saw “Dream” as the first domino, “Deadline” in the middle and “Goal” at the end of the chain. Three dominos makes a lousy image. So, I imagined inserting a few more and came up with the following chain:
Dream → Passion → Action → Progress → Urgency → Deadline → Goal Achieved
However, with long-term goals, the dominos are normally spaced too far apart to generate enough momentum to reach the goal. Something more is needed. The gaps must be filled with lots of “character” dominos to maintain momentum in the chain. The following quotes identify some of these momentum dominos:
Every Day Get Started: “The most effective way to do it, is to do it.” — Amelia Earhart
Determination: “Persist and persevere, and you will find most things that are attainable, possible.” — Lord Chesterfield
Courage: “The greatest mistake we make is living in constant fear that we will make one.” — John C. Maxwell
Selflessness: “You can have everything you want in life if you just help enough other people get what they want.” — Zig Ziglar
Faith/Purpose: “It is not such a fiercesome thing to lead once you see your leadership as part of God’s overall plan for his world.” — Calvin Miller
Service: “From now on, any definition of a successful life must include serving others.” — President George Bush
Imagine how much character goes into falling domino displays like these:
- 4 thousand dominos
- Over 4 million dominos
- 10,000 per second
- Carnaval – Domino Day 2004
- Domino Day 2006 Project 26 – Weekend Trip
How many dominos does it take to become a world class swimmer like Michael Phelps, who is dominating U.S. media coverage of the 2008 Olympic Games? He is now the most decorated American Olympic athlete of all time. His goal to win 8 gold medals with world record times is just 3 events away. Phelps’ unprecedented dominance has already produced millions of dollars worth of endorsements. Can a book and a movie be far behind?
During the endless coverage, one item jumped out at me. In an interview, the young “Phenom Phelps” acknowledged that he keeps a typewritten list of his goals beside his bed and reads it every day. Sounds like a good idea and one that is very easy. Yet, how many people do it? Thanks to Mr. Phelps’ inspiration, my list will be in its appointed place starting tonight!
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