In this episode the first of 2020 I’ll be talking about Smart Goals for Patriots.
It is interesting how people hold onto hope when all evidence shows their hope is misplaced. Such are the views of many, many Americans as the results of last month’s state-level elections were revealed in Virginia and Kentucky. What Americans don’t understand is that the line has been crossed in which the path towards liberty that they had hoped for is no longer available. Civil war, even if not involving violence, now appears inevitable.
Some people may admonish me, believing that the changes in Virginia are just a political cycle. After all, the left had control of both houses in Virginia 26 years ago and it cycled back. Their hope is that the cycle will swing back in the future, and all they need to do is to work hard to gain seats back.
They couldn’t be more wrong.
“BUT A CONSTITUTION OF GOVERNMENT ONCE CHANGED FROM FREEDOM, CAN NEVER BE RESTORED.”
President John Adams
Let me use the stock market ticker to illustrate why they are wrong. If you notice the line on the ticker, it goes up and down every week. Sometimes it even goes up significantly, or drops precariously, in a day or week. But what one must keep an eye on, instead of the day-to-day, week-to-week turbulence, is the general trend of the line. If the line, over months and years, is trending upwards, then things are overall headed in the right direction. If the trend is downwards, then this signals there are significant problems and the path forward does not bode well.
To make sure your goals are clear and reachable, each one should be:
- Specific (simple, sensible, significant).
- Measurable (meaningful, motivating).
- Achievable (agreed, attainable).
- Relevant (reasonable, realistic and resourced, results-based).
- Time bound (time-based, time limited, time/cost limited, timely, time-sensitive).