The most important step to setting and achieving meaningful goals you probably never heard before

Whenever I stand in a line in the grocery store, or in the pharmacy it’s almost impossible for my eyes to ignore the many magazines ranging from news on Hollywood stars, sports athletes, music artists and successful people in general; who doesn’t like to hear a rag to riches story or a story of how someone overcame great obstacles to achieve their dreams.

For many of us reading about, and either looking up to or looking down at, the lives of famous and successful people make us feel better about our own lives.

It’s as if these real-life stories give us the energy or the belief that we could make something of our lives that goes beyond the daily routine. 

I remember my first visit to the hockey hall of fame in downtown Toronto.  It was an amazing experience.  I had an opportunity to read about all the hockey players, coaches and builders who made a name in the sport. It certainly brought back memories.  I remembered watching Doug Gilmour, Dale Andrechuyk, Matt Sundin during the 1990s when it seemed like Toronto was going to finally win the hockey Stanley Cup. 

Source: Image taken from Rosie DiManno’s front page story in the Sunday Toronto Star (May 2, 1993)

It was the night of May 27th 1993 and decades had past since our last Stanley Cup victory which occurred back in 1967. On that night, our very own Canadian super star and one of the greatest hockey players, Wayne Gretzky, broke many Toronto hearts.  The game had gone into overtime and the Great one (Wayne Gretzky) had high stick our team’s super star Doug Gilmour in his face.

I still remember the blood running down Gilmour’s face.

This high sticking incident brings with it an automatic 5-minute penalty.

Five minutes playing with the extra man and NO Wayne Gretzky to worry about!

It was a dream opportunity.

But it never happened.

No penalty was the call, to the shock of every Toronto and L.A. fan!

Like really referee; no penalty!

What were you looking at!


Of course, we had only ourselves to blame because the missed penalty would not have mattered if we didn’t blow our three-goal lead in the final period of the game.

But that’s minor details.

Many believe to this day if the referee had made the right call and gave the penalty we (Toronto Maple Leafs) would have gone on to win the game and most of all win the Stanley Cup.  

But this never happened and there is nothing any Toronto Maple Leaf fan can do to change that undeniable fact.

So let me move on!

Yes, let’s move on and talk about what did happen instead of what could have happened.

Twenty-two years later the team is still trying to reach the Stanley Cup Finals.

What about Wayne Gretzky you ask (at least those who may not know much or anything about this great hockey player)?

Well, he went on to rack up the most career points while going on to break 60 records of which 25 may never be broken.  In fact, many people consider him to be one of, if not, the greatest ever hockey player.

This is his legacy in the game.

 Another athlete that left a legacy was the great Pele (Edison Arantes do Nascimento) who some consider the greatest soccer player to play the game.  He started playing for his club team Santos at the age of 15 and at 16 for Brazil. 

Can you remember what you were doing at 15 or 16?  I certainly can and it had nothing to do with representing a club or even my country. 

Pele as he is known went on to win the FIFA World Cup of soccer/football in 1958, 1962 and 1970.  He was such an electrifying player and tremendous asset to his club and country that he is now considered a national treasure by Brazil.

He retired in 1977 and in 1999 was voted the World Player of the Century – not of the decade but of the century. 


This is his legacy!

On May 25, 1961 John F. Kennedy delivered a speech to the United States Congress that many at that time saw as crazy ambition and not founded on reality.  He declared that he wanted to have Americans land on the moon before the end of the decade. 

Despite his assassination almost three years later, his vision, dream and goal became a reality on July 20, 1969. 

On this day Neil Armstrong, Edwin Adrin and Michael Collins manned Apollo 11 that blasted off from earth on July 16, 1969.

Four days later it landed on the moon! 

Although both Neil and Edwin both walked on the moon it was Neil who took the first steps on the moon. 

This is his legacy.

What’s going to be your legacy?

Many times as human beings we admire individuals, teams, organizations because they inspire us to want to represent something that is bigger than ourselves.  It creates in us a desire to want to pursue, overcome and achieve our dreams.

Unfortunately, admiration of these people is where many of us stop.

We stop at the admiration part instead of taking that admiration and turning it into personal action we take towards creating our own living legacy.

There are many definitions to the word legacy but I came across one I truly liked at .  The word legacy is defined in a more holistic manner, it states:

legacy is when you are genuinely grounded in offering yourself and making a meaningful, lasting and energizing contribution to humanity by serving a cause greater than your own. 

Imagine if a documentary was done about you and the legacy you created while still alive, what would you like that documentary to say? 

What impact would you like the documentary to say about the impact you had on the people you love, the community or even the world? 

What would that legacy say about you that people don’t already know and what words of inspiration and wisdom would you share?

Many of us have made New Year resolutions and goals in general for 2017 but sadly most of us have failed to keep any. 

Why is this?

We have all heard and used many of the great tips and advice shared on how to achieve your New Year’s resolutions and goals in general, however, there is one tip I am going to share with you today you probably have never heard or used.

This tip will not only significantly increase your chances of successfully achieving your goals but it will also help you set meaningful goals.  In fact, it will help you to select the right opportunities for you from all the opportunities that will come your way.

Every organization and company has a mission statement.  This mission statement declares the purpose and focus of an organization which helps it to select the activities and type of work aligned with its mission.  In other words, it gives the organization a sense of direction and purpose. 

A Living Legacy Blueprint is like a company’s mission statement in that it serves as an individual’s mission statement.  It gives you a clear sense of direction in your personal and professional life. It helps you answer the hypothetical question: “If a documentary was going to be made about you ten years from today, what would you want it to say about what you achieved in your personal and professional life as well as what impact you had on your family, friends and the community?”

Let me explain, Wayne Gretzky was never the strongest or fastest skater on the ice but he always seemed to end up where the puck would go.  So while other hockey players’ movements were based on reacting to where the puck was at in that moment Gretzky’s actions was based on where he thought the puck would end up in a few seconds. 

The life lesson in this is that you don’t want to make decisions always based on where you are in that moment. 

This becomes reactionary and maybe the reason why you feel like there is no purpose to your life. 

Instead, what you need to do is to think of where you would like to be ten years from now and use this as a guide on how you make decisions in the present.   This will allow you to create a short term and mid-term plan to help you get there. From this you can create your weekly to do lists knowing that every action you take is a step towards creating the most fulfilling story you want told in that documentary.

One of the first things you should do before planning your next goal is to create this document; there is no right or wrong way of doing this but there are specific types of information you should include in your Living Legacy Blueprint that would make it more effective. 

Some of the questions you need to ask yourself to create your Living Legacy Blueprint include:

  1. Identify the people that mean the most to you and list the personal characteristics you want them to see reflected in the way you live your life and in how you treat them?
  2. What are the top three personal characteristics you would like a stranger to mention about you after meeting you for the first time?
  3. What are your core values and beliefs?
  4. What are some of the things you would like to do for the people that mean the most to you?
  5. If you had a chance to inspire the world to achieve something great what would that be?
  6. If you had a chance to help yourself achieve something you have always wanted what would that be?
  7. If today was your last day on earth what is the one regret you would NOT want to have?

Most of all include your greatest dream – that is the dream you don’t want to regret having never accomplished.

Once you have taken some time to respond to these questions use the information to write the story you would use as the opening introduction about you in this documentary. 

This story will share with the viewers your core beliefs and principles, the impact you would like to have on the people that mean the most to you as well as on your community and the world.

If you have read my previous blogs this is where I ask you the reader to take action towards achieving your dreams and goals.  It makes no sense you be inspired but not follow through with some action. 

Call to Action: Give Your Dreams a Chance.

Get off the court side of procrastination, self-doubt, analysis paralysis, lack of planning, poor time management, worrying about what people think, etc. and get in the game… your game!

Come join and help us build a global community whose goal it is to bring the world together by inspiring, motivating and empowering 8 million people globally to Think BIG, be BOLD and ACT NOW towards pursuing and achieving their dreams and goals.

If you think this is a crazy, pie in the sky kind of talk you definitely need to read what comes next.

What is the commonality among the following:

  • Horse and buggy, car, train, plane
  • Radio, television, satellite
  • Internet, Facebook, Google, Twitter
  • Mother Teresa, Gandhi, Nelson Mandela

If you guessed they all in some way brought the world closer together, then you are correct.

In some way, each one of the inventors and activists etc. allowed us to reach out to millions of people through their inventions, social activism and so on.  In other words, they brought the world closer together, so why can’t you… in your own way?

Okay Paul, I am going to give my dream a chance; how do I get started with your challenge to Think BIG, be BOLD and ACT NOW towards pursuing at least one of my dreams and goals?

Congratulations!!  Imagine where all this can lead! 

To register for this challenge, visit our Facebook page…Think BIG, be BOLD, ACT NOW (hyperlink)

Quote by Theodore Roosevelt:

“Do what you can with what you have wherever you are”

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