Wednesday, April 17, 2024

Are you paddling your canoe? Or just floating down the river of life with your eyes closed?

Live your life with no regrets! When you get older and think back on your life you want to be able to say, “I have lived a full life and I have no regrets!” The problem is most of us have not even thought about what we really want out of life. We get too busy with day-to-day activities and never stop and think what our dreams and goals are. Decide today that you will be different from the rest and take charge of your life!

Make out a list of everything you have ever wanted to do or accomp-lish in life! I suggest you write out at least 100 different things whether it be acquiring material possessions such as paying cash for a brand new mint green Volkswagen Beetle or taking a trip of a lifetime cruise around the world. Maybe, you have always wanted to go to college but got too busy and put it off…WRITE IT DOWN! Take some time with this and really think it through.

Don’t worry if some of your goals and dreams seem ridiculous. Remember, you can do it if you really believe. If you aim for the moon and hit a star so what! When you are done I suggest you re-type your list neatly on a sheet of paper and frame it and hang it up where you will see it every day.

Now pick something that you want to accomplish from the list. Buy some sticky notes and write down what it is and put it on your bathroom mirror or on your computer monitor for you to see every day! This will help to continually remind you of your desires and keep them in your conscious thoughts. Maybe you are overweight and want to weigh the same as you did when you were a freshman in high school. Write this on a sticky note and put one on your scale that says, “I will lose 30 pounds”. Put one in your car so you see it when you are driving. Put one inside your locker at work. Be creative!

Have you ever had a craving for a food such as chocolate and just couldn’t stop thinking about sinking your teeth into some? Nothing could stop you from this craving because it was an all consuming thought and you weren’t going to stop until you got your hands on some delicious mouth watering chocolate.

This is how you need to be with your goals in life! They need to consume your thoughts and with some effort eventually they will become reality.

Decide what you want out of life by writing out your goals and dreams and you will be ahead of the other 95% that floats down the river of life with no direction. Take control of your life today and buy some oars! Write out your list and live your life with no regrets! Put both oars in the water and start paddling to your goals and dreams!

Douglas Burns is a Member of SFI Marketing Group. His website is His email is

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