Volume 3, Issue 11

November 2014

Blue Ridge Conference

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Blue Ridge Conference on Leadership

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The Key to a Life of Thanksgiving

Goal setting is crucial in terms of achieving anything. In fact, personally as well as professionally, if you don’t set goals, then it’s difficult to determine where you’re going in life. You end up looking back at the past, realizing you have been living in neutral, or even worse, in reverse. That said, it’s important to realize, while setting goals is important and good for you, it can get carried away to where it affects how thankful we feel to be ‘where’ we are in life (regardless of ‘where’ that is).

I’m reminded of the job interview of a sharp young engineer who was fresh out of MIT. The human resources person asked, "And what starting salary were you looking for?" The engineer said, "Well, in the neighborhood of $125,000 a year would be fine, depending of course on the benefits package." The interviewer said, "Well, what would you say to a starting package of five weeks vacation, 14 paid holidays, full medical and dental, company matching retirement funds to 50% of salary, and a company car at least every two years -- say something in the line of a red Corvette? The engineer, taken back at what he heard, sat up straight and said, "Wow! Are you kidding? The interviewer replied, "Yeah, but you started it."

Steve Brown writes in his book, Overcoming Setbacks, that “the most unhappy person in the world today is NOT the one who didn't get what he or she wanted. The most unhappy person is the one who got what he or she wanted and then found out that it wasn't as wonderful as expected. The secret of a happy life is not to get what you want but to live with what you've got. Most of us spend our lives concentrating on what we don't have instead of (being thankful) for what we do have. Then we wake up, our life is over, and we missed the beauty of the present.”

See the balance? It’s easy to be thankful one day a year, then revert back the other 364 days wishing we had more or different lives. The true key to living a life of “thanksgiving” is one where future goal setting and present thankfulness go hand in hand together.

Let me encourage you this month. Make it a goal to live your life in balance between the goals you set for the future, and the life you thankfully live in the present.

Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family!

-Jeff Heath


The contributor for this month's newsletter is Dr.Jeff Heath

Board Member of the Blue Ridge Conference on Leadership

High Point Resources, LLC

Heathland Enterprices, LLC


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