Dare to dream in 2006

Last Saturday, I was inspired to write my goals for 2006. Goals are much like resolutions, so I could say I wrote down my New Year’s resolutions.
At my age, it’s very important that I know what I want to accomplish. It’s quite different then when I wrote my goals at 20 or even 50. At those ages, it seemed that time would go on forever.
Now, time is more limited.
Unfortunately, some of my goals have been on my list for a long time. Like “being on time.” But, on the other hand, I have accomplished many of my most important ones. Like writing in a wooded area and having a polite white dog.
After you write your goals, you have to make sure you recognize your dreams when they come true. Writing in a wooded area was a dream of mine at age 20—and it has been a dream ever since.
I wanted to live in a log cabin in upstate New York or in Vermont. But when my dream came true after retirement, it was much different than I originally expected.
Instead of a log cabin in the “big woods” in the east, I write in a ranch-style house on three large wooded lots on the Plains. I see nothing but trees from my office window and I love my life.
As for the white dog, I had quantified that goal. I had written that I wanted a polite, white dog by October, 1994 and Phoebe didn’t come to us until 1997.
But in December, 1994, a friend of my son from Omaha tried desperately to give Phoebe to me. Not knowing that Phoebe was white or polite, I declined. Fortunately, without knowing about my goal, my son brought Phoebe to me anyway three years later.
A Woman’s Day article, “Believe It, Achieve It,” says that “Goals are the road maps to your dreams. They give you both a destination and an itinerary. No matter how big your aspirations, setting goals is the best way to get from point ‘A’ to point ‘B’—and eventually to the finish line.
“With every goal you accomplish, you’re one step closer to the life you want to lead.”
Whatever your age, you should think about what would make you most happy. Or in other words, what is your dream? Then write goals that match your talents, your energy, and your limitations.
Most important of all is to have realistic goals. But, at the same time, don’t sell yourself short. Write lifetime goals and short-term goals.
After you’ve written your goals, don’t just sit back and wait for things to happen. Take “bites out of the elephant” every day and you’ll be surprised how quickly you can make your dream come true.
So what do you want to accomplish in 2006—write your memoirs, plant a small flower garden, sort your boxes and get rid of things? Or do you want something new to come into your life—a tiny lap puppy, a new friend, a new hobby.
Remember time is slipping away. Enjoy your life while you can. Dare to dream in 2006!
Marie Snider is an award-winning health care writer and syndicated columnist. Write her at thisside60@aol.com or visit www.visit-snider.com

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