By: Darrelyn L. Tutt

Don't stop when you're tired.
Stop when you're done.

I'm an earnest goal setter in almost every arena of life.
I thrive on goals set and goals accomplished,
Dreams dreamt and dreams realized,
Desires considered and desires fulfilled.
To become better educated, more effective, and increasingly invested in matters I deem substantial is important to me.
Arenas of life that take on signficant shape and create serious growth rarely happen by accident. They are charted, planned, recorded, and realized through hard work, perseverance, and painstaking movement toward a very clear and concrete goal.
Since I believe much can be gleaned by another's example, I'll offer you a practical one of my own in the physical arena:
Exercise is important to me.
I'm an intense individual and subjecting myself to a strenuous workout of some sort is essential in maintaining healthy balance in all arenas of my life.
Adapting a system to my daily walking regime helps me considerably and, since I'm a "word" person, I activate very basic "word" strategies to motivate me.
Here's my "milemarker/word" system utilized in speed-walking:
One Mile - A for Average.
Two Miles - B for Better than average.
Three Miles - C for Committed.
Four Miles - D for Disciplined.
Five Miles - E for Exceptional. Earnest. Enthusiastic. Emphatic.

Mmmm ....
While I'm walking I'm also talking (to myself,) and when I get tired I find myself reviewing "this" set of concrete standards which I've clearly outlined and am working concretely toward.
Not surprisingly, it's a rare day that you'll find me on a mile walk.
Every mile, in my mind, is conveying a message to "me."
The beauty of goals is that they can be bumped up or pared-down.
 They can be customized, utilized, and realized by any individual who creates them and concretely works toward them.
If we hope to achieve goals ...
It simply makes sense that we have them.

Spiritually, physically, emotionally, creatively, vocationally, financially, and "daily" goals are good, healthy, and worth having and aspiring to.
Consider the objectives of your life and create some concrete goals between yourself and the Lord that attest to a life lived with purpose, meaning, and passion.
See you on the next mile.
"A desire accomplished is sweet to the soul."
Proverbs 13:19a