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Real People… Real Direction

Left turn in one-point-three miles…


In today’s society, almost everyone is familiar with the monotone-like voice of the GPS. It is a fascinating bit of technology, which when given the appropriate information, will plot your course and take you to your destination. But what if you don’t know where you want to go? There is an old saying that when you don’t know where you want to go, every road leads to nowhere! In truth, the GPS is a useless piece of equipment if you don’t know where you want to go.

We are encouraged from the first day we join TOPS to begin setting SMART goals, to help each other plot a course that will lead us to our healthiest life. Sadly, like the GPS, the insights of our fellow members are of little value if we have no clear idea where we want to go. Many of us seem to lose focus or direction after a period of time, giving credence to the idea that when we don’t know where we want to go, every road leads to nowhere. Others of us choose a direction based on the fears or wishes of others, plotting our course to a location where we really may not want to be. It is so much better to enter our destinations into our personal GPS and move toward making our personal dreams a reality.

Teacher pointing to Smart Goals on chalkboard

Let’s begin today to program our personal GPS with a Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, Timely goal (SMART) that will move us one step closer toward our personal dreams. Once the goal is set, let’s reach out to the people whose experiences along the way can best assist us in reaching that first step. And always remember, if you miss the left turn in 1.3 miles, you can always recalculate and ask for directions—because you know where you want to go!

I Care, Barb

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