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Sunday, October 24, 2010

"Never tell me the sky's the limit when there are footprints on the moon"

"What are you going to do when you go home?"  Where do you see yourself in 5 years?"  "What plans do you have for your future?"  These are some common questions that I am asked frequently, especially while on my mission.  Sure, I can answer them with what I want, but will it happen?  How can we achieve the things we want in our lives?  Elder M. Russell Ballard said: "I am so thoroughly convinced that if we don’t set goals in our life and learn how to master the technique of living to reach our goals, we can reach a ripe old age and look back on our life only to see that we reached but a small part of our full potential. When you learn to master the principle of setting a goal, you will then be able to make a great difference in the results you attain in this life". 
As a missionary, goal setting is a daily thing.  We make plans and even back-up plans to be able to achieve our goals.  Sometimes we ask ourselves; "how do we know what kind of goals to set?  Are we aiming too high, or maybe too low?"  Having been a swimmer, I have loved the quote by Michael Phelps: "You can't put a limit on anything.  The more you dream the farther you get".  We can't limit ourselves to anything.  Our goals should be reasonable, but not easy.  Preach My Gospel states "Challenging goals will help you work effectively and lead you to stretch and grow".  If our goals are too low, we aren't challenging ourselves.  We limit our room for growth.
The ultimate goal each of us should have is to make it home to our Heavenly Father.  I know that each of us can attain this goal by doing what we need to now.  Set those small goals, such as being more obedient, so we can reach the ultimate goal.  It is possible and nothing is impossible.
-Sister Nestman

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