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HIDALGO COUNTY HERALD FRIDAY. JANUARY 1, 2010 7 Just A Thought If you walk long enough you will get somewhere By RICK KRAFT Alice was startled when she saw the Cheshire Cat sitting on a bough of a tree a few yards away. The cat grinned when it saw Alice. Alice thought the Cheshire Cat looked good natured, but it still had very long claws and a great many teeth She felt it ought to betreated with re- spect. Alice was looking for direction in her life. As author Lewis Carroll wrote in his timeless book Alice in Wonderland: "'Cheshire Puss' Alice began rather timidly, as Rick Kraft she did not at all know whether it would like the name; however it only grinned a little wider. 'Come. its pleased so far.' thought Alice. and she went on. 'Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here?'" "'That depends a good deal on where you want to get to,.' said the Cat "'I don't care much where-,' said Alice. "'Then it doesn't matter which way you go,' said the Cat. "'-so long as I get some- where,' Alice added as an expla- nation. "'Oh you are sure to do that." said the Cat 'if you only walk long enough.'" Now that we have closed the book on 2009, we look forward to 2010 and the year to come. A year from now each of us will have one less year to live. Where will you be a year from today? As Lewis Carroll wrote, you are sure to end up somewhere if you only walk long enough. We need to avoid the saying, "I am lost, but I am making good time." If we have no target, no goals, and no ldcation that we want to journey to in the 365 days that we will spend in 2010, who knows were we may be when 2011 begins? I heard a speaker talk about goal setting a couple of weeks ago. He talk was titled "The Electricity of Goals." He shared how since 1986 he has made time to write down his goals in advanc~ and then reviews them through the year to be sure he is accomplishing the goals he has set. One of the handouts given to the class is called "Master Dream List." The worksheet states "Write down here every- thing you've ever wanted, ev- ery place you've wanted to go, and everything you'd like to be- come or achieve. Date each item when you enter it. In compil- ing the list. remember to take off the judge's robe and let your imagination run free, give no consideration to limitations, money, education. ability, or what may seem illogical, This is completely unre- strained, free wheeling exercise in permissive- ness." If you took out a piece of paper and, without boundaries. wrote out all the dreams you have for the future, what would be on your list? Would your list be ten items or a hundred and ten? By dreaming without limi- tations, you will end up with a list that is personal to you of things you would like to accom- plish in the days and years ahead. Unless your list is short and restrained, it is very unlikely that you will be able to scratch off everything on the list before your days are through. That is alright. It just means you are dreaming big. You will also need to add to your Mhster Dream List in the years ahead Try the Master Dream List exercise with your spouse or with your family. It will lead to a good discussion and the result will be a better awareness of what is important to your fam- ily and some common goals. The Master Dream List has no time frame other than your life- time. Now back to goals for 2010. If we could pusl~ "stop" and then fast forward to New Year's Eve 2011, and then push "play," where does your life pick up? Do you have a year of :'walking long enough" ahead, or will you be accomplishing goals you set today? The speaker suggested we each ha,;;e goals in seven areas: spiritual, family, business, finan- cial, physical, mental, and so- cial. Each goal needs to pass the "SMAC" test. SMAC is an ac- ronym for Specific. Measur- able. Achievable. and Compat- ible. For example, a goal for 2010 of making the world a better place to live is not spe- cific. A goal of socializing more with friends is not measurable. A goal of making ten million dollars is not likely to be achievable. A goal of taking off work six months to sail around the world is likely not compat- ible with your schedule. Goals that would meet the SMAC test would include read- ing through the entire Bible in a one year, taking your spouse out on a date night twice,a month, increasing sales 5%, paying off all credit cards, los- ing 20 pounds, reading three books a month, or inviting an- other family over to your home once a month. Once you write out your goals, it is important to review on a regular basis to measure your progress. This provides ac- countability. In other words it is not a last week of the year exercise that is written and then put in a drawer not to be looked at until a year or two from now. Your list is a living, breathing document that can be written on and changed at any time. You' have the freedom to line out a goal, to abandon ~t. or to rewrite it in order for you to move an- other direction. But it is your roadmap. I understand that following the advice of this column takes time. You have time. Time is not an issue, priority is the issue. It takes making this process a pri- ority. The speaker closed his goal setting presentation with three reasons to have the discipline and commitment to set goals: 1) Goals provide direction and purpose to our lives, 2) Goals help us to crystallize our think- rag, and 3)Goals provide per- sonal motivation. My challenge to you today is to write down a direction for your life, Avoid the Cheshire Cat response to Alice. "Thela it doesn't matter which way you go." If you have no direction, then it doesn't really matter what path you take. Pull out a sheet of paper,- write down the seven areas of goal setting set out above leav- ing space under each area. Then write out goals in each area that meet the SMAC test and that you intend to line through as 2010 A Picture From The Past j.,, a New rear's ,ho.gn,... Rick Kraft is a motivational speaker, a published author, and an attorney. To submit comments, contributions, or ideas, e-mail to rkraft @ kraftandhunter, com mailto:thekraftlawfirm@aol.com or write to P.O. Box 850. Roswell. New Mexico, 88202 - 0850. Submitted by EDMUND SAUCEDOILordsburg At right, Raymundo Saucedo and Connie Peralta Saucedo on their wedding day Dec. 29, 1946, Lordsburg. Raymundo and Connie raided a family of three sons. Raymundo passed away on Nov. 10, 1986. Below, Best Man Patricio Barela and Maid of Honor Ramona Barela (Baisa) with Raymundo and Connie Saucedo in front of the old St. Joseph's Catholic Church (now demolished), Lordsburg, Dec. 29, 1946. progresses. You can do it. This exercise can be life changing. And while you are at it, cre- ate your own personal Master Dream List. Nome 212 E, Motel Drive. Suite B Lordsburg, NM 88045 Address City, State, Zip ear Real from Hidalgo Medical &Dental Services hank: u far rtin: 6ur serric:s I May 2010 be a happy and prosperous year for you and your family[ Chevron Chevron HMS will be CLOSED Friday, January 1 .So our staff can celebrate the holidays with their families We have HINI Vaccinations Available. Call for Appt. o.., . ". o." P':, O =' Ifyou have a medical emergency while we are dosed, please Dial 911 immediately For non-emergencies please call UNM- NumeAdvice Hot Line when HMS is closed and ~ 575-542-8384 and a nurse from the NurseAdvice Hotline may answer your non-emergency health questions H DALGO MEDICAL SERVICES 530 E. DeMoss Street Lordsburg, NM 88045 505-542-8384 Toll Free 888-271-3596 HMS is a state and federally funded organization that provides health related services to the uninsured and underinsured based on a slidin~l fee scale. MIFIHIV ] I "t