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INSPIRED BY THE AMAZING JOHN GODDARD STORY, I SET 156 AMBITIOUS GOALS WHEN I WAS JUST 15 YEARS OLD! I ONLY HAVE 21 LEFT TO GO!

I started my LIFE LIST in the summer of 1970 when I was just 15 years old.  On a hot summer afternoon I attended a seminar on “Goal Setting” sponsored by my local Church. The seminar presenter told an exciting story about an extraordinary explorer by the name of John Goddard.  John had written a list of 127 goals when he was 15 years old, the same age as I was at that time!  I learned that John had made up his mind to become an adventurer.  So he set his goals and then spent much of the rest of his life pursuing those incredibly ambitious goals.

From that seminar I took home a mimeographed handout that listed John’s goals.  I poured over that list.  I drank it up like a man dying of thirst!  Some of his goals were easy but others were not — “Learn to type, explore the Nile River, study primitive cultures in the Congo, climb Mt. Everest, go to the moon!”  His ideas and dreams went on and on.  His list started my mind to boil.  That very day I sat down and began to make up a list of my own!  Some of my goals I borrowed from John’s list.  Others were quite uniquely my own.  John’s story was a great motivator for me. I thought to myself, “If he can do it, then so can I!”  My first hand-written list of goals grew rapidly as I thought about what I wanted to do with my life.  My parents encouraged me, and programs like Scouting helped me get a good start on many of my goals.

So at age fifteen I started to work on my plan.  Two years later, in 1972, I became a senior in High School.  Thats when I checked off Goal #54 —“Own a typewriter and learn to type”.   My first typewriter was a Smith-Corona portable and the first thing I did was to sit down and type up my hand-written list of goals.  Today the typewriter is long gone, but I still have that original hand typed list of goals!  Neatly laid out in columns on two pages, my 156 goals are framed and hanging in my office.  They prompt me every day to KEEP ON GOALING!

MY LIFE LIST CONTINUES TO GROW

As the years have come and gone I have continued to add to my Life List, but I’ve never forgotten John’s example and my first, original 156 goals that he inspired me to set for myself.  Of that list  I have just 18 goals left to accomplish (see those goals in red below)! All the others I have been able to check off over the past 40 years √.

Some of the goals I have listed here link to other pages where I tell “THE REST OF THE STORY” as Paul Harvey used to say. — What motivated my goal? How did I achieve it? What lessons did I learn in the process? I hope my list inspires YOU to GET GOALING.  I challenge you whether you are 15 or 150 to write up your own list of goals.  Then get out there so you can GET WHERE YOU’RE GOALING.

EXPLORE

1.  Pyramids of Egypt
2.  Nile River in Africa
3.  South Pacific Islands
4.  Amazon River in South America
5.  Caribbean Islands
6.  The British Isles
7.  Forbidden City in China
8.  The Grand Canyon
9.  Mayan Ruins in Mexico
10.  New Zealand or Australia
11.  Mt. Fuji in Japan
12.  The USSR

VISIT THESE PLACES
13.  Tower of London
14.  The Capital in Washington D.C.
15.  The Louvre & Eiffel Tower in Paris
16.  Broadway in New York
17.  Sea of Galilee in Israel
18.  Tower of Pisa in Italy
19.  Olympic Village in Germany
20.  Every country in Europe
21.  Epcot Center & everglades in Florida
22.  Sacred Well of Chicen Itza
23.  Alaska
24.  Far East (Holy Land)

PLAY THESE INSTRUMENTS
25.  Violin
26.  Mandelin or flute
27.  Banjo
28.  Guitar
29.  String Bass
30.  Cello

LEARN THESE PIANO PIECES
31.  Clair De Lune
32.  Rhapsody in Blue

LEARN THESE LANGUAGES AND CARRY ON A CONVERSATION
33.  Spanish or Latin
34.  German or French
35.  Oriental Language

READ THE FOLLOWING BOOKS
36.  Works of Shakespeare
37.  Works of Talmage
38.  Brigham Young
39.  Joseph Smith
40.  Church Standard Works

MEMORIZE THESE THINGS
41.  Memorize one entire book
42.  Memorize 50 poems or quotations
43.  Memorize 15 hymns for the piano
44. Meet and learn the names of 50 people a year

LEARN THE FOLLOWING SKILLS
45. Learn to sing well
46. Rebuild a car engine
47. Paint a car
48. Operate heavy equipment like a D-12 Cat bulldozer or a loader
49. Drive a loaded 10 wheeler diesel
50. Photography
51. Electronics
52. Welding
53. Sewing or knitting
54. Own a typewriter and learn to type
55. Prospecting or panning for gold
56. Scuba dive or surf
57. Paint or watercolor
58. Produce a hobby or craft profitably
59. Learn to farm and plow or harvest a field
60. Make a musical instrument
61. Sculpture
62. Learn genealogy and visit the birthplaces of my 8 Great Pioneer Grandparents
63. Learn wilderness survival

OWN THE FOLLOWING THINGS
64. Motorcycle
65. Snowmobile
66. Boat
67. Plane
68. Balloon or glider or kite
69. River raft
70. Horse √
71. Cow √
72. Sheep √

73. Duck
74. Chicken
75. Dog
76. Cat
77. Monkey
78. Garden
79. Antique car

BUILD OR MAKE THE FOLLOWING
80. Build a home or a cabin
81. Build an electrical device
82. Invent something useful

ACCOMPLISH THESE PHYSICAL GOALS
87. Do 125 Pushups
88. High Jump 5’
89. Snow Ski
90. Water Ski
91. Diving (double summersault)
92. Ski in Europe
93. Mountain Climb
94. River Raft or kayak 
95. Swim 5 miles in a river
96. Swim 1 mile in a pool
97. Ride a horse
98. Ride 30 miles on a bike
99. Hike 50 miles in the primitive area
100. Run 5 miles

OTHER GOALS
101. Become a Student Body officer
102. Graduate from High School and Speak at Commencement
103. Attend College
104. Always keep a daily journal
105. Be on television
106. Be on radio
107. Operate a two-way radio
108. Become an Eagle Scout
109. Serve as a scoutmaster
110. Drive a Corvette
111. Make a cake and a pie from scratch
112. Compose a song
113. Make soap
114. Shave with an antique razor
115. Be in or make a movie
116. Be in business with my brother
117. Travel to Mexico, Spain, or South America with my brother
118. Travel to Saipan, Guam, Marshall Islands, Titian, Wake, Midway, and other islands with my father
119. Sing a duet with my sister
120. See a Broadway show with my mother
121. Become an eloquent speaker
122. Write a book
123. Play with a Symphony orchestra
124. Participate in a ski race
125. Take a horse and sleigh ride in the winter

RELIGIOUS GOALS
126. Always pay a full tithe
127. Play the organ in church
128. Live till the Second Coming
129. Spend a day in fasting and prayer in the wilderness
130. Be a Sunday School Teacher
131. Fulfill my “Earthly Duties, priesthood duties, daily work duties.”
132. Find out what my heavenly assignment or calling in life is
133. Trace genealogy 15 generations 
134. Serve a full time mission
135. Marry in the temple
136. Have 6 children
137. Teach children the gospel of Jesus Christ
138. Teach children to read before age 6
139. Meet a living prophet

VISIT THESE TEMPLES
140. Mesa
141. Idaho Falls
142. Hawaii
143. Manti
144. Nauvoo
145. Kirtland
146. Salt Lake
147. Cardston
148. Provo
149. Ogden
150. St. George
151. Logan
152. Oakland
153. Los Angeles
154. London
155. Switzerland
156. Washington D.C.

The Life List Continues: Over 500 NEW goals I have set since I was 15. Read more HERE.


 

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