My wife used to break into laughter when reading Dr. Seuss to our grandchildren. The kids looked at her in wonder. What is Grandma laughing at?
Who can forget Green Eggs and Ham or Cat in the Hat? But as fun as those were to read as a kid, the good doctor was a genius in other ways as well. He had his finger on the pulse of life and disguised his wisdom in stories for children.
But now that you are all grown-up, you can take a deeper look, and the works of Dr. Seuss will seem brand new again.
For instance, “Oh, the Places You’ll Go” well describes lifeʻs adventures.
As the story starts, the main character is setting out for “great places” – just like you are …
You have brains in your head.
You have feet in your shoes.
You can steer yourself any direction you choose.
But pretty soon you hit obstacles …
I’m sorry to say so but, sadly, it’s true that Bang-ups and Hang-ups can happen to you.
And a slump can set in …
And when you’re in a Slump, you’re not in for much fun. Un-slumping yourself is not easily done.
You might find yourself just waiting for things to happen …
Waiting for a train to go or a bus to come, or a plane to go or the mail to come, or the rain to go or the phone to ring, or the snow to snow or waiting around for a Yes or No or waiting for their hair to grow. Everyone is just waiting.
You may spend a lot of time by yourself …
Whether you like it or not, Alone will be something you’ll be quite a lot.
And when you’re alone, there’s a very good chance you’ll meet things that scare you right out of your pants. There are some, down the road between hither and yon, that can scare you so much you won’t want to go on.
When you look back over your goals for 2012 – you’ll remind yourself what you need to do in 2013. Are you on track, or do you need to make some changes? Youʻll re-evaluate your goals. Did 2012 get you closer to your dreams. Looking at 2013, what are your goals? How are you going to break your goals down into measurable steps so you will know you are moving closer to living your dreams. You will build your momentum with small, consistent steps so you will know you are moving closer to living your dreams.
I build on the success of others who have accomplished what I want to achieve. I look for guidance from people who will share their success with me. I build on that success, and help others do they same. Mentoring is about paying it forward.
My life time goal has been to leave this world a little better than I found it and to encourage others to do the same. There is so much to do and so little time, but working together, we can create miracles.
My goals for 2013 are:
1. Track legislation in the Hawaii 2013 Legislative Session that affects our environment and encourage everyone I can reach to advocate for good legislation and stop special interest legislation that can be harmful.
2. Produce 12 environmental documentaries broadcast on Olelo and posted to the internet.
3. Help at least one person a month start an aquaponics garden.
4. Outreach to our Windward Oahu community to build community resilience.
5. Help 24 people create a work-from-anywhere business that will enable them to retire within 5 years. In so doing, I will create a business that provides my daughter a residual, retirement income after I am gone.
6. Create 2 dozen bowls from native woods I have stored.
You say where is my focus? Focus doesnʻt mean you cannot do multiple things. You just have to focus on one thing at a time.
6 hours per week turning bowls.
10 hours per week building my business
8 hrs per week producing video
12 hrs per week in legislative advocacy during session
Everyone needs a mentor. The best mentor is someone who has done what you want to do and who will support and guide you efforts. When you commit to your mentor, you must to follow through. It is motivational and your mentor can help keep you on track.
You know my goals. Iʻll report each month on how I am doing. I invite you to share your goals with us, to ask for help when you need it and to share you accomplishment each month.
And yes, I will ask for your help. We have to share the word, find common goals and help each other succeed.