Get out there and celebrate your independence 365 days a year, not just on July 4th.
You have such a great gift in America and that is the freedom to live a life every day that has meaning to you. Martin Seligman stated in Authentic Happiness that,
“The pursuit of happiness is enshrined in the Declaration of Independence as a right of all Americans, as well as on the self-improvement shelves of every American bookstore.”
Have your goals failed before you got started? Fear kills dreams before they begin. Can you find the time? Is your attention, energy, and focus tied up with too many goals. In the book Unstoppable, Cynthia Kersey found that only 3% of people have goals and 1% write them down. There are countless reasons why someone fails to meet their objectives in life.
“Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is to try just one more time.” ~ Thomas Edison
Goal setting is not like throwing darts. You do not step up to the line, give the target a quick look, and hope for the best. Goal setting is a process of anticipating, thinking and synchronizing.
Benefits of Goal Setting
John F. Kennedy knew that being President of the United States was a big job, and he also believed that he could do it. When Kennedy sometimes said, “The pay is good, and I can walk to work,” was probably more humor and partial truth. I doubt good pay was what he had in mind when considering the highest office in the nation or was he?
Benjamin Franklin once said, “God helps those who help themselves.” I read that quote and remembered Jesus said that you must first remove the log from your eye before you remove the speck from your brother’s eye. When we first focus on fixing people, we are missing the key to all our problems. We need to fix ourselves first through personal growth. Rather than try and mold others to fit our lives we should focus on who we are and whom we are trying to become.
The 30-day kindness challenge is an attempt to reinforce acts of kindness within the daily grind. It is a focused and intentional effort to hunt for the goodness in the day. The goal is to perform an act of kindness that results in a lasting effect on a person. I encourage everyone who reads this to participate actively in this challenge.