Archive for April, 2011

Self-inflicted 5 to 31 blog challenge

April 29, 2011 Leave a comment

I don’t mind admitting to being a newbie to blogging.  It’s a way to get back into writing, something I stopped doing way back when I failed to follow my dream of going to Emerson College in Boston to study journalism–or anything that would allow me to indulge in my interest in English and writing as a career.

Shaking off regrets, I stumbled upon the National Blog Posting Month website ( which offers the challenge of blogging every day for a month. Not sure I can handle that right now, but I’m willing to work toward such a goal. So I’ve developed my own challenge (it is, after all, for me, so I can do that). It’s the “5 to 31 Blog Challenge”. My challenge to myself is to post something every 5 days during the month of May, including the 31st. I’ll kick off on May 1. Looking at my calendar, May is actually a fairly busy month, which should be a challenge. But if I’m ever going to be able to handle National Novel Writing Month, I’ve got to start somewhere, right?

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Bodacious Goals

April 24, 2011 1 comment

It has taken a while but I think I’ve come up with an understanding of the difference between a bucket list and bodacious goal. A bucket list is most often a collection of activities to accomplish—see the Grand Canyon, learn conversational Italian. Or even learning to do a new activity—horseback riding, skydiving, etc. Bucket lists are full of goals.

A bodacious goal, however, is a goal that requires unrelenting discipline, chipping away at it often in obscurity until the goal is achieved. The goal, at the beginning, seems so insurmountable that people’s faces turn blank when they hear the idea. They want to be polite, but you can see “You’re out of your mind” flicker across their faces as they smile and respond superficially, “Great. Go for it.” That’s okay, because you weren’t looking for approval or permission.

I admire bodacious goals (and I’m speaking about positive goals). I know a couple of people who have big goals and I’m rooting for them to achieve them. For example, earlier this year I attended a weekend seminar given by one of the most energetic people I had ever met. The seminar is designed to help participants master every area of their lives: financial, spiritual, physical, mental and emotional. The speaker, with a bucket list of his own, recently embarked on an adventure that has people watching from all over the world.

On February 9, Leo Schreven left Jacksonville Beach, Florida, on a journey across the United States with San Diego, California, as his ultimate destination. He plans to arrive on May 19—his 50th birthday—100 days from his start date. During his 100-day Walk Across America, Leo completes about 26 miles per day. Daily video posts keep his family, friends, supporters and those who are just curious up to date on his progress and the sights he encounters. I’ve followed him from the first day of his journey through the South, over the Mississippi Bridge, past Texas ranches, on lonely roads, and now to Arizona with its spectacular scenery. Because of Leo’s bodacious goal, I have even seen the inside of the Tindle Promod Racing Team’s car trailer and garage, listened in on Leo’s conversations with the crew and marveled at the engineering of the cars. That was interesting!

I realized that bodacious goals differ from the SMART goals we set in the business world: specific, measureable, achievable, realistic, timely. Those two characteristics in the middle of SMART—achievable and realistic—are magnified in bodacious goals. People will say you’ll never achieve it or that the goal is not realistic, “try starting a little smaller and see how it goes”. These characteristics require boldness and courage. That’s when you have to develop tunnel vision, map out your strategy and get on with it.

Leo Schreven is only a few weeks away from achieving his goal of walking across America in 100 days. Check out his progress at as he makes his way to California. Leo’s action leaves me a question to ponder. What bodacious goals have I set?

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Face in a Crowd

April 20, 2011 Leave a comment

Strangers, someone said, are just people you haven’t met yet. Until you meet them, they’re just faces in a crowd that you pass while hurrying to an appointment. They’re the other people standing in the elevator with their eyeballs rolled upward, fixed on the floor numbers. Nameless people who don’t stand out to you simply because you’ve never met them before. After the introduction is made, well, that’s a different story. You find out you grew up in the same town or city, have the same interests–or opposing viewpoints–and share a love of books, travel or dogs. Faces in a crowd.  There are a lot of us.

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