All of my life, I have been a list maker and loved to sit down and create goals for my life. I would spend hours making graphs, charts and projections. I have preached to my children that if you do not know where you are going in life, how will you know when you are there?
For many years, my dreams were crushed, suppressed and generally discouraged. It was only after my divorce that I was able to get up, brush myself off and step out on faith. A very wise person told me one day, that no one could hold me back now but me. I took that advice to heart and created a life plan. I tried to make goals for each quarter, so that I could measure my success and not become discouraged in the process.
I have completely succeeded in reaching my goals to date. In fact so much so that, I have to sit down and create some more. I have plans to start back to school in the summer. I will begin working on another degree to advance my education. My job is wonderful, but I can see that more education will benefit me in the next few years. I have a dream of reaching higher goals with this company. I want to obtain my master's degree in nursing education and ultimately my doctorate degree. YIKES! It is very scary to write those words. But to write them holds me accountable to myself.
I also have dreams and goals of travel. I have so many destinations I want to see in my life. The only way to do this is to plan them, set a goal, break it down and accomplish it little by little. I have discovered that even a huge goal is obtainable by breaking it down and taking each step. Every little step you take gets you closer to the realization of your dream. I used to have a paper that had all of my classes on it. I had to take each one before I could finish my nursing degree. At the end of each semester, I would take a marker and draw a line through it. I cant tell you how much relief and happiness I felt when that last class was finished! Bit by bit I managed to get through it. I had this paper taped on my bathroom wall. I kept it before my face everyday to remind me of what I had set out to do.
Never give up on your dreams and goals in life. It doesn't matter how old you are, or how little education you have. I have discovered that if you step out on faith and believe in yourself, you can do anything you set your mind to. Never, ever give up on your dreams!