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Yes Attitude – Future

We will have discovered a “Yes” attitude toward the future leads to a joyful pursuit of happiness.

For those endeavors that feel attainable, we say yes. Yes, I have goals I know I can reach, and I am willing to act upon. believe in, and commit to whatever it takes to attain them. For those that seem beyond our reach, we say yes. Yes this appears to be beyond my reach, but I am willing to take the risk, enthusiastically pursue it, and to learn from the experience regardless of the outcome.

Consistent Behavior

Consistent behavior helps us build character, relationships, strengths, successes, and more. Like many great things, it can be overdone and become a weakness. We will have discovered it can be beneficial to have:

behavior that is consistent

  • With our beliefs
  • with our purpose
  • with our promises and commitments
  • with who we really are
  • with our daily needs
  • with the goals we set

Consistent behavior can become a weakness when we get stuck in our routines. We will have discovered a need to strike a balance between consistency and the personal growth that comes from creativity, risk taking, spontaneity, and intentional change.

Purpose in Life

Where do I find my purpose in life? High School?! Ask Mother?!! Oprah?!!! The Bureau of Motor Vehicles?!!!!

Each and every one of us has a purpose in life. Our personal goals may lead to our feeling a purpose in life. We discover happiness does not come simply from accomplishments of our goals set during our early years. Our true sense of purpose in life comes as a gradual discovery and growth of a purpose we did not know in our early years.

Our purpose does not come from the outside, from above the clouds, from the media, even from friends and family. Rather, we find it deep within us. This purpose is necessary for the ultimate development of our character. We will have discovered our joyful journey to the pursuit of happiness includes a drive toward a purposeful character.

Life Goals

The reason each and every one of us are on this earth is to live and to grow and to help other life grow.

In our early years we yearn to shoot for the stars. We seek to resolve our hopes and dreams with a sense the world around us will permit these hopes and dreams to be attainable. We seek information from friends, family, teachers, various media and more. The focus is on outside information.

We will have discovered these goals may or may not be met. New goals can be set, new dreams pursued. This becomes a journey of growth.

The danger is to take the path of a never-ending drive toward self gratification.

Goals and Problems

Asked to choose their generation’s top goals from among five options, 18 to 24 year-olds listed these as either most important or second most important:

  • To get rich                                              81%
  • To be famous                                         51%
  • To help pe0ple who need help            30%
  • To be leaders in their community      22%
  • To become more spiritual                    10%

They also said their most important individual problem is:

  • Money/debt                                           30%
  • College/education                                  18%
  • Career/job                                               16%
  • Family/relationships                               7%
  • Health                                                        2%
  • National/Int’l conditions                         2%
  • All other (including don’t know)          29%

Hmmm! Quite an indication of the character of today’s youth!

Happy Easter!

Source: Pew Research Center 2006 Generation Next Survey

One Step at a Time

The way we work toward our goals is by taking one step at a time. If we have a goal and don’t get there in one giant step, maybe the step is too giant. We must always envision the steps that it will take to reach our destination.

How to make choices happen is matter of setting specific goals and defining the steps needed. In virtually all environments there is some version of the how the destinations and the steps needed are defined and organized. Scientists, engineers, architects, information systems specialists, leaders of all walks of life have approaches that work for them. The truth is they all look very much the same.

Problem (opportunity) identification, analysis, design, implementation, and follow through is the context of all these approaches. In varied terminology, it would go something like this:

  • Assess where we are
  • Choose to make a change
  • Build information
  • Assess all related information
  • Build a set of options
  • Assess the options
  • Choose an option
  • Choose the steps
  • Build the first step
  • Assess where you are
  • Choose to make adjustments
  • And so it goes