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When Achieving Your Goals is not Enough

The Problem of More, Better, Different

Consider Curtis. By his standards his life as a husband, father and general contractor wasn’t lacking. At 41, he made a comfortable amount of money, enjoyed his wife and kids, was a deacon in his church, and owned a house that he considered adequate. But Curtis felt like something was missing. His marriage could be better. He wanted to quit smoking and lose 25 pounds. There was a tract of land on the outskirts of town that he wanted to build a bigger house on. For that he needed to take his company to the next level. Then there was the dream of riding his motorcycle to Alaska and hiking the Colorado Trail with his son and daughter. When another contractor told him about a personal growth workshop, Curtis attended. As a result, Curtis’s marriage improved, he built a bigger house, lost 15 of the 25 pounds and over the course of two summers hiked the Colorado Trail.

Each time Curtis achieved one of his goals he felt fulfilled — at least for a time. The little tug that something was missing inevitably crept back in, though. So, Curtis redefined his goals. He quit smoking, took up running, completed a marathon. He rallied the troops and rode to Alaska. He spearheaded a trip to Bangladesh to build a school. Still, in the end, that sense of fulfillment always seemed to vaporize, like morning mist in the sun.

Can you relate to Curtis? Are you pleased that you’ve overcome self-limiting obstacles to achieve your goals, but in the end you don’t really feel fulfilled? There’s a reason for that. Read More…

How to Find Your Purpose

Do you know your purpose?

If not, you’re in the company of a lot of other people. Like those other people, you might share a feeling of aimlessness and dissatisfaction with life. Something seems to be missing, and you know there’s got to be more. But how does someone go about finding their purpose? Is there a course you can take? A book you can read? Someone you can talk to who can tell you what it is? Read More…

Listen to Your Heart

Do you sometimes struggle with making decisions over which you feel conflict? At some time or another, all of us do. When we are in this position, it’s helpful for us to be able to discern what our intuition is telling us. That is why it’s important for us to learn how to listen to our hearts.

There’s a vivid picture of this in the movie, The Sweetland. Lars, the protagonist, is conflicted over whether to sell a large tract of North Dakota farmland that he has inherited from his grandparents. On one hand Lars stands to walk away with 2.2 million dollars from the sale of this property. This is the decision Lars’ wife seems to want him to make. On the other hand, this land represents the beautiful and resilient love between Lars’ grandparents, a couple who defied stereotypes and community opposition to their marriage because she was a German mail order bride in a post-World War I setting. To top it off, Lars’s grandparents are buried on that land. As Lars agonizes over whether to sell this property or not, he comes to a decision by listening to his intuition, his heart.

How does a person do that? Read More…

How You Can Reach Your Unreachable Star

Do you have a “star” that looks impossible to reach, but you know deep down in your heart that you can reach it? This was the case for Coach Doug Wilkins. Forty-four years ago, he had the dream of leading his high school football players to consistent victories. How did Wilkins fulfill his dream? In the past two newsletters we’ve discussed the first two ingredients of Coach Wilkins’ recipe for success: commitment and leadership. What is the third ingredient that led the Mountain Lakes High School football team to 8 state championships and 25 consecutive winning seasons?

The third ingredient is Read More…

If You Hope to Win, You Won’t

There’s no doubt about it, everyone wants to be on the winning team. Some of us have the idea that if our team is more talented than the other team, or if we’re lucky enough or having a good day, we’ll win. But is that true? Does winning just happen?

Not according to Coach Doug Wilkins. Forty-four years ago when he coached his first football season and lost, he realized he’d better come up with a way of winning, or else! What components are necessary for winning? In the last newsletter we discussed the foundation to winning: commitment. The second factor Coach came up with was Read More…