Goal setting and changing the world … #Trust30

June 14, 2011 § Leave a comment

Writing Challenge- Day 15 (half way there and feeling great!)

Do your work, and I shall know you. Do your work, and you shall reinforce yourself. – Ralph Waldo Emerson

Take a moment, step back from your concerns, and focus on one thing: You have one life to achieve everything you’ve ever wanted. Sounds simple, but when you really focus on it, let it seep into your consciousness, you realize you only have about 100 years to get every single thing you’ve ever wanted to do. No second chances. This is your only shot. Suddenly, this means you should have started yesterday. No more waiting for permission or resources to start. Today is the day you make the rest of your life happen. Write down one thing you’ve always wanted to do and how you will achieve that goal. Don’t be afraid to be very specific in how you’ll achieve it: once you start achieving, your goals will get bigger and your capability to meet them will grow.

(Author: Colin Wright)

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I have always wanted to be part of something that changes lives for the better.  From serving morning coffee and helping others start their day out right with a smile and friendly conversation in college to starting a healthy Juice Bar and teaching Yoga classes to promote wellness after college. To five years later working with a company that focuses on delivering healthy products, design services and a very successful business model to over 1000  Juice Bars and Cafes nationwide to now opening up a retail site online for consumers to have easy access to education and healthy products that deal directly with preventing and healing aliments such as Cancer, Diabetes, Candida and so much more.

To me, it is about helping others. I am so lucky to have my health, my family and friends to support me and to live in a prosperous place; so many are not so lucky. It is my obligation to find ways to help others no matter where I am or what stage of life I am in. Right now, with two young kids, it makes sense for me to build wellness programs here in the U.S.  There is a great need for people who need to find their way to living well and they are not sure how to get there.  I believe what we eat and how we take care of our body is a direct correlation to our state of health. Right now it is my mission to make it easier for people to access whole-food products, while simplifying ways to understand nutrition and achieve wellness through my new online initative. (I will be discussing this super fulfilling project  and challenging journey to pull together this new site on a whole new set of posts … coming soon).

Speaking of goal setting for the future, my 9 year plan is take wellness programs overseas; whether it be to aid in medical efforts, access clean water, healthy foods, or finance business initiatives; any or all would be wonderful.  My plan to get to this place is to learn everything I can right now and everyday for the next decade or so in order to be able to serve as the best possible resource where the greatest needs may be. It would be wonderful to create a startup, but then again, there are so many wonderful projects out there, so many great stories of organizations that are doing so much good, if I could just be part of them, well this would mean the world to me.

Here are just a few of my favorite organizations that are making a big impact right now …

Charity: Water: (as mentioned in a previous post, last night really late actually). This is a wonderful startup, amazing story in providing clean water through the creation of wells to over 1 million people worldwide through over 100,000 donations.  They are very creative in their efforts to keep the organization running and give 100% of donations directly to build wells and give people in need access to something that we take for granted everyday, clean water.

Acumen Fund: An organization that invests in social enterprises, emerging leaders, and breakthrough ideas with the goal to give access to the critical goods and services everyone needs, these include: healthwaterhousingenergyagricultural inputs and services. Read the Blue Sweater, it will change the way you look at your world.

Kiva: Loans that change lives. They are a non-profit organization with a mission to connect people through lending to alleviate poverty. Leveraging the internet and a worldwide network of microfinance institutions, Kiva lets individuals lend as little as $25 to help create opportunity around the world.

And well, there are so many more, including a startup that my good friend is organizing to advocate for and change the health care for women and children in Berega, Tanzania, Tanzanian Woman and Baby.

What organization do you follow? How are you going to help change the world for the better, to help people in need?  Love to hear from you.

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