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WHEN I WAS 15 YEARS OLD I WAS INSPIRED BY THE AMAZING STORY OF JOHN GODDARD .

I SET 156 GOALS! I HAVE 21 LEFT TO GO!

I started my LIFE LIST in the summer of 1969 when I was just 15 years old. On a hot summer afternoon I attended a workshop on “Goal Setting” at local Church. The presenter was an animated teacher and he told us an exciting story about an extraordinary explorer by the name of John Goddard. John had written a list of 127 inspiring goals when he was 15 years old, the same age as I was at the time! John had made up his mind to become an adventurer. He set his goals and then spent much of the rest of his life pursuing those incredibly ambitious goals.

From the seminar I took home a mimeographed handout listing John’s goals. I poured over his list and I drank it up like a man drinking water in the desert. Some of his goals seemed easy but others not so easy — “Learn to type, become an Eagle Scout, 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 boiling with ideas. That very day I sat down and began to make up a list of my own! Some 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 over the next few days and weeks 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.

Two years later, in 1972, I was 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 that I sat down and typed up my hand-written list of goals. Today the typewriter is long gone, but I still have that original hand typed list of goals! All laid out in columns on two pages, my 156 goals were taped to the wall in my room for the next 10 years. Later, with matured perspectives and new goals to add, I framed the type-written pages and hung them on the wall in my office as motivation to always set goals. These pages prompt me every day to KEEP ON GOALING!

MY BUCKET 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.