The e-guy (energetic, enthusiastic, effervescent, ebullient, and, since today is Easter, egg-citing) Phil Gerbyshak at Make It Great! was tagged to participate in Gotta' Get Goals. Find the "official rules" at this link. [I have removed links to the blog. Here's why.] The "rules" include:
In a new blog post, list and write about the top 5 to 10 goals that you gotta’ get so that you can truly say you have achieved your wildest dreams in life. These have to be your best, most exclusive, and over-the-top goals that you can pick off your goals list.
Gerbyshak in turn tagged me. I will list my goals in a moment.
I like the idea of aspirations. Please don't think that I have become a fan of the book and DVD The Secret; I think The Secret has some kernels of truth in it but I also agree with much of what was written in The Washington Post today in this article on The Secret. The message of The Secret is simplistic and sometimes silly to the point of being laughable.
I am a fan of some books which are much older than The Secret in which the authors explain well the effectiveness of setting goals -- big goals. Those books include It Works (such a tiny book!), Your Greatest Power (mentioned before at idealawg), Peak Performance, and I Dare You! (post about I Dare You at Lines from Lee; the book was first published in 1931).
For guidance in writing my list, I turned to It Works. (The little jewel, originally published in 1926, is only 28 pages long and about 4 by 6 inches.)
Write down on paper in order of their importance the things and conditions you really want. Do not be afraid of wanting too much. Go the limit in writing down your wants.
The author then lists three parts to his process. The third is not telling anyone about your plan. In deference to that advice, I will write my list in clues so I know what the elements mean but I still am not talking. I will post when each goal is met. So here are my 10 . . .
- Holy telegram
- Adobe and desert assemblage
- Mediation shifter
- Ubiquitous sky
- Enduring green
- Sharp pen
- Quotidian beatitude
- Firm feet
- Laser brainplay
Now I will tag an even dozen: Julie Fleming Brown [her goals], Mark Beese, Carol Metzker, Diane Levin, Victoria Pynchon [her goals], Kevin Eikenberry, Anastasia Pryanikova [her goals], Susan Cartier Liebel [her goals], Sean Woodruff, Ed., Gini Nelson [her goals], and Kevin Hickey.
Thanks, Phil, for including me.
Note (added April 9, 2007, 12:45 PM Mountain): You may read a thoughtful commentary on The Secret entitled "Is Success a Secret Or Is “The Secret” Just Positive Snake Oil?" by Caroline Adams Miller.