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Goals and Starting Points

Today’s goals are the starting points for tomorrow.

One Tuesday morning in March, I was getting ready for the day when I thought about the idea above. Once one goal is achieved, there is no turning back. The new reality of the world is one where that goal is done. With this reality comes the realization that it’s time to start again. To continue building on the reality that started when the last goal was achieved.

Very few, if any goals should be terminal. Consider this analogy. When you finish most non-fiction books, one of the last sections is a list of recommended books or sources that may have contributed material found within the text. The book contained the information it set out to convey, but there are many more places to look for further enlightenment. It’s the same way with goals. One goal leads to another and the process never completes.

After thinking of the sentence that starts this post, I googled it to see if anyone else had written or said something similar. Sure enough someone already had. The great 20th century philosopher, John Dewey is quoted as coming up with an idea very similar. Dewey’s version is, “Arriving at one goal is the starting point to another.” I had never read any of Dewey’s work before seeing his quote, but his philosophical writings look like good future reading.

Published on 4/5/2016 6:09:53 AM

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