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Decide What You Want

Saturday, October 17, 2009

My favorite quote of Ben Stein's (and there are many) is this:

"The indispensable first step to getting the things you want out of life is this: DECIDE WHAT YOU WANT."

I've been thinking of this for a long time now. I originally cut it out of a magazine many years ago and hung it up on my fridge. There's a little picture of Ben Stein's face beside it too, which is what made me notice it in the first place. We used to watch his game show, "Win Ben Stein's Money", and enjoyed his dry humor. When I saw the picture and read the quote in the magazine, I was drawn to keeping it.

I've been doing some thinking this week about goals, and taking steps to getting to where I want to go. This quote keeps coming into my head. If I want to get somewhere, I need to know where / when / what / who / why. Otherwise, I'm just taking shots in the dark.

This week I completed my first ever "Vision Collage". It's one of the steps in the Spark Stages, but in the three and a half years since I've been sparking, it's a step I'd never completed. But seeing the pictures and words - having that image to look at and burn into my brain . . . well, a vision collage really is helping me. I can gaze on it (it's currently my computer's wallpaper) and remember what I'm doing this all for. It's actually an amazing thing, and I wish I'd done it sooner.

Yesterday morning, I was thinking about how cold it was in the basement, and how I didn't really want to get out of bed to go do strength training, but how I *had* to cause it was on my steps. Then as I started getting clearer, I remembered what my goal was (the Hypo Thermic Half Marathon in February), and all of a sudden, doing the strength training became something that would help me to achieve my goal. No longer was it a "have to do" kind of thing. When I looked at is as taking steps toward a larger goal, it was much easier to get out of bed.

I just need to make that decision about what I really want out of life, and then take the steps to get me there. It really is that simple.

Have you decided what you want?

Do you know what steps you need to take to get there?

Do you think you could complete a vision collage this weekend?

I actually did mine as a power point slide, so I had to take a picture of it to show you. The photo of the power point isn't that great, but you can get the idea. Notice the Ben Stein quote stuck in there!
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  • v HANNELIE12
    Thank you
    Yes I am on the job, a good way to spend my time this weekend...

    1812 days ago
  • v TIGGER622
    I LOVE this quote!!! I copy pasted it into my notepad so I can put it on my quote doc when I get to work tomorrow. I need to create a vision collage - this is one thing that i skipped last time around too... maybe it is time for me to decide what i want and the who what when where why's of that too! thanks for inspiring me!!!
    2447 days ago
    Love it! As you know, I have an entire ROOM devoted to my vision....I just never know when to stop talking, even to me!
    2448 days ago
    Great job! I still need to finish mine! I appreciate the motivation :)
    2448 days ago
  • v GAYEMC
    Great blog! Sometimes I get so busy that I just seem to go through the days without thinking about where I am going. You just reminded me I need to slow down and take some time to think about what I want and what I need to do to get it. Thank you!
    2448 days ago
  • v GIGI1222
    Good for you. That is one of the things that I have never taken the time to do yet either. I have only been on spark for a year though, so I still have another 2.5 before I have to get it done!! emoticon
    2449 days ago
    Nicely done my friend!!

    It is funny that we are in control of our minds, and thus, our thoughts. We can choose to take them with a positive twist, or a negative one. Giving yourself tangible reasons why you are doing what you are doing, and focusing yourself on future accomplishments along with the journey there is a great gift!

    I'm so happy for you that you have seen direction and purpose (not that you didn't have it before...lOL), but it becomes clearer as soon as you put it onto paper. Are you running Calgary with P? If so, you guys may have a visitor!!

    2449 days ago
    This is a great idea... I think I will work on a vision collage this weekend. My goals are no longer concrete and I need to figure out what it is I want, like the quote says.
    Happy Saturday!
    2449 days ago
  • v BOBBYD31
    excellent cassie,
    i have been thinking about this since the convention, they talked about it alot. right now i have no idea where to get started.
    i am glad to see you have take this step to help you achieve your goals, it is a great tool to have!
    thanks cassie
    2449 days ago
    Cassie, Very good blog - I just love your attitiude - you are awesome! We al need to think about where we are going next! We gain a goal and then we look forward to the next thing! Thank you for reminding us that we need to look forward and not so much back in the past. I am reminded of the movie Lion King with that guy with the stick! what did we learn form the past! and then go forward with our new found knowledge....

    I am looking at a HM second week of April - thats my next goal but first need to get healed -

    thanks for your friendship and your visits to my blogs - you are a great friend!

    2449 days ago
  • v CAROLJ94941
    Cool vision collage. I did one years ago (before I heard about sparkpeople) and it's amazing how many things came true.
    2449 days ago
    Wow Judi!! Great blog. You have given me something to think about on my LSD tomorrow (or Monday...LOL)

    I love your vision collage. I have yet to complete that step myself.

    Want do I want??? (hum, time to do some thinking!)

    Thank you!
    2449 days ago
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