As a result of my books, speaking
engagements, and these columns, I hear from a great number of people who are attempting to
take charge of their lives.
It has come to my attention that there is a huge gulf between long-range planning and
short-term activity. Many people have been to seminars, read books, etc. which have taught
them to set their life goals. I would be the first to say this is an extremely valuable
pursuit; however, if your short-term or immediate activity does not match up with your
long-term goals, you have a huge problem.
Too often, our long-term goals are compartmentalized in our minds into another area
that we dont deal with on a daily basis. Its like our Christmas card list: We
drag it out once a year, make any changes necessary, send out our cards, and
mentallyas well as physicallyput the list away for another year.
In a perfect world, someone should be able to follow you throughout your daily
activities and, simply by observing the tasks that you perform, determine what your life
priorities are. Granted, we all have to walk the dog and change the oil, but at some point
in each day, you should be pursuing your life goals.
Recently, I heard from a gentleman who was in one of my audiences in a speaking
engagement almost three years ago. He reminded me that after my presentation he got a book
and, as I was autographing it for him, he told me that he wanted to move from Canada to
California and pursue academic research as his lifes work. When this gentleman
called me three years later, I happened to remember that brief conversation that he and I
had three years previous in the back of an arena.
Unfortunately, three years have come and gone, and he is no closer to his goal than he
was before. This is very dangerous, because it reinforces the fact that his life goals are
somewhere out in the future and dont have to be dealt with today.
If you have a lifes goal or what you consider to be your destiny, you should be
taking some action on it every day. There is always something to learn, someone to meet,
or some preparation you can take toward that end. Dedicate yourself to making each day an
investment in your future.
Todays the day!
Jim Stovall is the president of Narrative Television Network, as well as a published
author, columnist, and motivational speaker. He may be reached at 5840 South Memorial
Drive, Suite 312, Tulsa, OK 74145-9082, or by e-mail at JimStovall@aol.com.
You may contact Jim Stovall at
5840 South Memorial Drive, Suite 312, Tulsa, OK 74145.