Where Do You LookInside or Outside?
Goals that involve getting can be very powerful.
Sam's goal of becoming an astronaut led him to travel the
world and transcend his former limits. Laura's goal led
her to true spiritual happiness. My own goal of becoming
an authority on personal growth led me to transform my limited
life and vastly expand my horizons. In many ways, you have
done the same over the years. Notice it.
Goals that involve giving can be even more powerful.
When we connect with a cause outside of ourselves, we have
more of an influence on others. Think of the best known
businesses that did this. GENI was formed in order to give
adequate energy to all people in order to meet their living
needs. Apple Computer was founded with the goal of making
technology work for everyone. Ford Motor Company built cars
that the average person could afford and use. Disneyland
was created to become "the happiest place on earth."
The New York Times informs us daily with "all
the news that's fit to print." The great insurance
companies began as a way for people to share the expense
and reduce the impact of loss or disaster.
The movement that has revolved around Mother Teresa's ministry
grew out of her intense desire to help "the poorest
of the poor." In every case, an impulse to give or
to get gave meaning to those involved.
Look around you againwhat do you care about? What
would you change? Look wider. Examine your daily life, your
community, your family, your business. What are you concerned
about? What would you change?
Maybe you can change things for the better. Maybe the seeds
of a greater contribution already live within you. Write
down your thoughts. Notice what excites or bothers you.
Think about it. Think beyond it to a better condition. How
could you initiate some actions that would grow new possibilities
for those affected?
Grow where you are planted. Then branch out toward even
more... toward meaning.