Gotta Get Goals or The Grandest Version Of The Greatest Vision I’ve Ever Had

Alex Shalman at Practical Personal Development has initiated a new personal development meme. (Well, it’s not so new anymore, since this post has been sitting in my drafts folder for a couple of weeks)! This one is called “Gotta Get Goals.”Here is what Alex says about Gotta Get Goals:

“In a new blog post, list and write about the top 5 to 10 goals that you gotta’ get so that you can truly say you have achieved your wildest dreams in life. These have to be your best, most exclusive, and over-the-top goals that you can pick off your goals list.”

I need to acknowledge that I have a bit of a semantic problem with the term “goals.” Personally, I equate goals with the specific smaller steps you take along the journey to achieving your “wildest dreams.” When I think goals, I think SMART (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, Time-based).

When I hear “wildest dreams,” on the other hand, I think in terms of my life vision. The phrase “the grandest version of the greatest vision I’ve ever had,” that Neale Donald Walsch speaks of in his Conversations with God books comes to mind.

I don’t want my grand life vision to be SMART! I want a life vision that will draw out the biggest and best in me, and do so for a long time to come!

So how to approach this meme? Goals or dreams? SMART or outrageous? How about a compromise?

Here are a few of the long-term visions for my life, intentions that I will create within the next 6-months to 5-years.

Here they are:

  1. Grow my Law of Attraction/Personal Development Training Company into a million dollar a year company by positively transforming the lives of thousands of people through seminars, retreats and products.
  2. Write and publish two or more highly successful personal development books. Pretty self-explanatory.
  3. Achieve Total Financial Freedom: Financial freedom is not an end to itself. Rather, achieving total financial freedom – meaning that I never MUST work again – is a clear indication that I have fully aligned with the natural state of abundance that is my – and everyone’s – birthright. And it gives me the freedom to do whatever I want, whenever and wherever I choose. I like that!
  4. Lead An Environmentally Neutral (or even generative) Life: I consider myself to be a steward of this Earth. As such, I choose to walk with the lightest possible footprints. Unfortunately, we live in a culture and at a time when ecological neutrality, not to mention generativity, is hard to come by. One of my “wildest dreams” will become reality when my actions have a net-neutral (or even positive) impact on the sustainability of this planet.
  5. Have unfettered access to the wild mountains and the warm ocean: Nature is where I go to recharge and reflect. My “dream” life absolutely includes lots of time in and near wild places. This intention is still open in the specific form it will take. Will I own a cabin in the Sierras and on a beautiful tropical beach, or will I rent vacation homes in various places around the world? Not sure yet. I’ll keep you posted!

Now it’s your turn. If you have a blog, go ahead and post your biggest intentions, grandest goals and wildest dreams.

If you don’t have a blog, feel free to use the comments here to share your “Gotta Get Goals!”

I’m going to tag the following folks. Yes, many of you have probably been tagged already. (I told you, this post has been sitting in my drafts folder for two-weeks).

Dan and Jennifer – together or separate – of

My friend Niya – who still hasn’t responded to one of my tags. But that’s ok, I’ll keep trying!

Gleb Reys of Personal Development Ideas. I bet he has some great goals.

Lyman Reed at Creating a Better Life.

Raymond David Salas of ZenChill

Pam at Make The Most of You.

Steve Johnson at The Fast Lane

Noel Kingsley at Noel’s Blog

Richard Lemon at Mindplunge

And I’m going to tag the last 10 blogs that have linked to Evolving Times. I truly appreciate your links. So jump in and share your Gotta Get Goals.

Keeping the Secret
Attraction Hacker
Build Your Life To Order
Let’s Change The World
Working At Home On The Internet

Insider Weblog
Creating Abundant Lifestyles
Living Treasures

Well that’s probably a good list.

What about you? What are your Gotta Get Goals? If you’re a blogger, go ahead and post them. You don’t have to wait until you’re tagged.

And if you don’t have a blog, leave a comment with your Gotta Get Goals.

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      8 Responses to “Gotta Get Goals or The Grandest Version Of The Greatest Vision I’ve Ever Had”

      1. Pam on April 4th, 2007 10:36 am

        Edward, awesome goals! I love your goal regarding nature — nature is a wonderful place to recharge! I wish you all the very best in achieving your goals. Please do keep us posted and please keep making a difference.

        Be well….


        P.S. Thank you for the tag. 🙂

      2. Alex Shalman on April 4th, 2007 11:11 am

        Great list buddy. Thanks for finally getting back to me. Net neutrality… unique and admirable goal!

      3. Wanda Grindstaff on April 4th, 2007 5:39 pm

        Wow Edward, you are sooo in tune with what equates to a real purpose. So few people ever even realize they should have a purpose but you have clearly defined the power of living with one.

        I accept your tag and will definitely get to work on defining my greatest goals and visions.

      4. Kirsten Harrell, Psy.D. on April 6th, 2007 10:02 am

        Great post! I love what you had to say about goals vs dreams. I like to say that dreams are goals with wings. Number 4 touched me… what a difference we could make if everyone thought this way! 🙂

      5. Wanda Grindstaff on April 8th, 2007 8:27 am

        Edward, thank you for tagging me. Although my post is short, it really tested me to pull out the 5 most important and life changing goals I have.

      6. Scott on April 8th, 2007 1:52 pm

        Hello Edward!

        This is great stuff! I realized while doing this that I was unaware of the “Big Picture” within my own life. What an eye-opening challenge this has been.

        Thank you also for opening my eyes to Simpleology. I started Simpleology 101 just about a week ago and am loving it! I can’t wait to see the results I can produce in my life with this new set of tools.

        Please feel free to include me in any future challenges.

        Thank you again! – Scott

      7. Shari on May 5th, 2007 6:28 am

        All of your goals/dreams are amazing and wonderful. I know you will reach them all.

        Your fifth dream jumped out at me because it’s a dream I share with you. I have never met anyone else who has a love for both the mountains AND the oceans. It’s usually one or the other. For me, it is both. And, for me, it feels important that I am connected to both for the same reason you pointed out — they recharge me. And they also teach me.

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