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Planning Your Next Year with Purpose!

A new year is almost upon us, have you done any planning for it yet?  If not, why not?  Research  shows that we get more done, are more productive and achieve our goals at a higher rate when we plan our time.  Not only do we need to plan our days and weeks, but we need to set yearly goals.  Have you set yours?  We only have a month until the end of the year, if you don’t plan, someone will plan your life for you!

So with that in mind, here are some ideas for you to get started.

Start with the year in mind.  What do you want to accomplish in the next year?

  • I am running a half and full marathon, but to get that done I have to start planning now.
  • I am pushing 50 (next October), so I need to think about my diet.  My wife and I have started a diet plan, counting calories and lots of veggies

 Your financial well-being, how is it?

  • How much do you want to save?
  • How much do you want to invest?
  • How much do you want to give?
  • You need to plan ahead, budget

Personal Growth?

  • Are you growing as a person?
  • What books are you reading?
  • What websites are you learning from?
  • What can you do to be better than you are today?

These are just a few of the areas you need to start planning for now? There are others:

  •  What if you started off the year with a clear plan and purpose?  How much better would 2014 be than 2013?
  •  Or perhaps you need to continue your growth from this year.

If that is the case, the time is now to get started.  Don’t waste the time around the holidays, use it to plan a better 2014.  Need help?

Contact me and I would be happy to help you in 2014.

Lent – A New Start

February 12, 2013 — Leave a comment

lentagain-largeOftentimes we are looking for a fresh start, a new outlook on life, a new direction or a new purpose.  If you are a Christian then you have probably heard of Lent.  What is Lent?  Lent is a 40 day spiritual journey reminiscent of the journey that Jesus took in his 40 days in the wilderness.  We commerate that, sort of, by using this forty day time, minus Sundays, to fast and live more simply.

You will remember that Jesus went into the wilderness after being baptized, he ate or drank nothing for 40 days to strengthen himself for the upcoming trial by satan, and for his ministry that was soon to follow.

I look forward to Lent, it is a time to live more simply and fast from something and add something in its place.  By fasting we can take that time and focus on our spiritual disciplines, like Bible reading, prayer, worship, giving, and service to others.  I love this time.  Need some ideas of what to give up?  Here are a few:

  • Coffee
  • Soda
  • Alcohol
  • TV
  • Video Games
  • Meat
  • Sweets
  • Movies
  • Internet
  • Phone
  • Gossip (Good all the time)

What a great time to be reflective and discover your purpose.  The time you would normally use in the above activites could be put to use for discovering your purpose and growing.  Just an idea.

Why not give it a try, even if you are not “religious” you can certainly use the discipline for your own introspection and growth.  Who knows, you might even discover your true purpose in this life.

Here is resource to help you during Lent.



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I know that last week was the first week of the New Year, but for me, the year begins today.  I teach school and this is the first day of the new year for me.  So I have always treated the the first day back to school as the first day of my New Year!  I have several plans and goals for the year (I will post later), Continue Reading…

Don’t Quit – EVER!

December 28, 2012 — Leave a comment




When things go wrong, as they sometimes will,
When the road you’re trudging seems all uphill,
When the funds are low and the debts are high,
And you want to smile, but you have to sigh,
When care is pressing you down a bit,
Rest, if you must, but don’t you quit.

Life is queer with its twists and turns,
As every one of us sometimes learns,
And many a failure turns about,
When he might have won had he stuck it out;
Don’t give up though the pace seems slow—
You may succeed with another blow.

Often the goal is nearer than,
It seems to a faint and faltering man,
Often the struggler has given up,
When he might have captured the victor’s cup,
And he learned too late when the night slipped down,
How close he was to the golden crown.

Success is failure turned inside out—
The silver tint of the clouds of doubt,
And you never can tell how close you are,
It may be near when it seems so far,
So stick to the fight when you’re hardest hit—
It’s when things seem worst that you must not quit.

how-muchHappy Birthday to me. This Thursday I turn 48 years old.  It doesn’t seem possible to be two years from that magic age of 50.  Who ever thought about being 50 when you were in your teens, twenty’s for even thirties.  Now I struggle keeping those ten pounds off, worrying about my retirement and cajoling my children to become responsible adults.  What happened to that young man who stayed out late and got up late.  Now I am rarely in bed past 0630 and often am asleep by 10:00.  But that is okay, it happens.  But what shouldn’t happen is that life beats you down.

I have been thinking about “How Much” lately.  How much more time do I have?  How many new things can I do?  48 means I have fewer years to live than I have already lived.  So in the next few days I will be posting some of my “How Much’s” and encourage you to join me, no matter how old you are.

The plan is to set some goals by 50, two years for me, and see how many I can achieve.  A hint, one includes a motorcycle.  We will see.  I don’t want my purpose to be waiting for retirement in my older days, I want to be the most Purposefulu in the next 40 years.

My all time favorite job I ever had was as a baseball umpire.  I spent ten years in professional baseball as an umpire.  If you have listened to Podcast #2 you heard all about it.  Check it out if you haven’t listened to it yet and be sure to leave a comment if you have some time.

I started umpiring when I was  just a young lad.  The umpires didn’t show up to one of Continue Reading…

This is the second post in my JOBS series.

I narrowly escaped the fast food industry by a few hours when I was a junior in high school.  I had gotten a job at Wendy’s in my hometown of Aurora, Colorado.  I didn’t want to work there, but I had a friend who worked there and told me he could get me a job.  So I took it.  After I thought about it I instantly regretted it.  I didn’t want to work at Wendy’s I wanted to eat there.  So, I asked my then girlfriend if I she knew of any jobs at her place of employment: Target.

Much to my delight a job was open, the job of cart attendant.   Continue Reading…

Recently the big winner, or winners, of the latest Powerball jackpot were announced.  I heard there were three groups of winners.  The last group was near and dear to my heart as they were professional educators, teachers and administrators.  This last group didn’t want to be recognized, they preferred to be anonymous.  I think I would do it that way too, I mean why invite all the scrutiny and I’m sure my long-lost cousins would come from everywhere, so stay in the shadows. Continue Reading…

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