One of my life's most valuable possessions is my journal.
Why? Because my journal contains my dreams! And my
dreams are my future!
I learned this principle from a story about a 15-year-old boy by the
name of John Goddard. John one day happened to hear his
parents and another adult talking, and the other adult had been
telling John's parents about how miserable his life was and how much
he had failed. He wished he was John's age again and could
live his life over and do some things differently.
Well, John heard the anguish in his voice, I suppose, and he made a
vow that he was going to do something at 15 years old. So at
15, he took out a legal pad and began to write the things he wanted
to do in his life, what he wanted to accomplish. Before he was
finished he had 127 things on his list. He called it, "My
Today John is in his mid-70's. Of his original 127 goals, John
over the last 55-60 years has accomplished 111 of them, plus 400
other ones that he set along the way. And just so you know
these weren't some small goals, here are some of the goals that John
Goddard has accomplished that were on his list:
~ He's climbed Mount Kilimanjaro and he's climbed Mount Ararat; in
fact, he's climbed every major peak in the world. Now just
that would be one great life experience. But that's just one
of 500+ for John Goddard.
~ He took Marco Polo's route through all of Asia and China.
~ He ran a mile in five minutes, he broad-jumped 15 feet,
high-jumped five feet, and so on.
~ He was the first person to explore the entire 420-mile length of
the Nile River (that was his number one goal!). When he was 15
years old, no person had ever done it, but that fifteen-year-old boy
didn't know that; it didn't matter to him. He put it on his
list and when he did it, USA Today named him the "modern
day Indiana Jones." He's been down not just the Nile
River; he's been down the Amazon, the Congo, etc.
~ He's been to 122 countries and lived with 260 different tribes.
~ He's explored the Reefs of Florida, the Great Barrier Reefs and
~ He's flown 40 different types of aircraft. He still holds
civilian air speed records. Just that alone would be a great
life experience, but that was just one of John Goddard's goals.
~ He's read the Bible cover to cover.
~ He's taught himself French, Spanish, and Arabic (who reading this
could not learn a foreign language in the next couple of years?).
And that is just a portion of over 500 dreams that John Goddard has
I hope we all learn from John Goddard! Here are two major
points that were impressed upon me:
1. John Goddard's goals (dreams) were written down. How
many of you have heard that before--to write your goals and dreams
down? Because for 20 years I heard it and I had never written
mine down until just three years ago. Brian Tracy says if
you'll write your goals down you have a 100 times greater chance of
success, just by writing them down. Now I look at that
mathematically and then by an inverse way, from an opposite
way. What it says to me that if I don't write my goals down, I
only have a 1 in 100 chance of succeeding. Write your goals
and dreams down.
2. His dreams were BIG! I've found that a small dream
will not give you the bullet- proofing you are going to need.
A small dream won't protect you when bad times come. A small dream
does not have any power at all -- it has to be BIG!
So get started today! Go get a journal (or wipe the dust off
the one you have) and write down your BIG goals! And then get
started on your life story!
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Vic Johnson is a
St. Augustine, Florida-based Internet Infopreneur, author, speaker
and founder of a host of personal development websites.