My Goals: Defined
This post is long overdue and I’ve needed to put these goals in pen for quite some time now. I’ve held back out of fear, out of uncertainty, and expectations set by others. I’ve held back for fear of judgment but what the hell, I only have one life (and that life is mine alone to live). So in this post I’ll reveal my most important life’s goals that until now, have been jokes in conversation and simple day dreams. Today, my goals will be defined and the only thing holding me back from achieving them now is me.
An old friend sent me an incredible video that told of the power of positive reinforcement and expectations.
Ever since I saw this video I’ve applied the teachings to my own life. I used to have a fear that I’d jockey a desk from 9-5 every day to try to pay off an apartment and car that I’d never have time to enjoy. So when people used to ask me what I was going to do after graduation, I’d always answer “I’m going to live in the mountains.” Let me make it clear that at first, I was 100% joking. While I was hopeful that I’d be able to pursue my dreams and live in the wilderness of North America, I never really believed it was possible. Only after repeating this answer to dozens of people, hundreds of times, for at least 5 months, did I start to believe what I was saying. No longer was my goal a pipe dream, no, this was becoming my only option. I’d told so many people that I was effectively creating an expectation. If I didn’t follow through on my words, I’d be lying to others and, more importantly, I’d be lying to myself. Not only that, but each time I told someone my intention, I’d envision myself living in the company of Moose, Bison, and Wolves in the shadow of the mountains. Seeing this taking place in my mind made it real to me.
So now, I must do the same if I’m ever to achieve my greatest two goals in life. While I’ve been telling people that I’ll be pursuing these achievements, I am about to take it a step further and present them for all of the internet to see. I can only hope that you will all help me in my journey to make these dreams a reality, and inspire me to achieve all that I’ve promised to do.
So here it goes…my two main goals for my early 20’s. *sigh*
1. To hike the Appalachian Trail in a straight shot from Maine to Georgia.
2. To backpack for over a year around the world.
I’ve been told that it takes nearly $5,000 to hike the Appalachian Trail and anywhere between $15,000 to $25,000 to backpack for a year or more. So while money might have been an excuse not to go in the past, my good friend reminded me how flawed this logic really is with a quote. “Empty pockets never held anyone back, only empty heads and empty hearts can do that.” -Norman Vincent Peale
You know what Mr. Peale? You’re goddamn right.