I was walking through a hallway at the girls’ school the other day when I noticed a poster with large bold words saying:

Think – Believe – Dream – Dare.

There may have been smaller words, but we were moving pretty quickly.

I kept thinking that was an odd poster.

That it started with “Think” when most often we hear or read something similar that starts with “Dream”.  Oftentimes, it is the dream or inspiration that is mentioned first.  That thing that motivates you towards your goal.

That always made sense to me.  This poster did not make sense to me.

So, when we got home I looked into it some more.

I think it is absolutely fantastic.

Here’s how it goes:

Think ~ Think about the values you wish to live by.

Believe ~ Believe in yourself based on the thinking you’ve done about the values you’re going to live your life by.

Dream ~ Dream about the things that can be, based on your belief in yourself and the values you’re going to live by.

Dare ~ Dare to make your dream become reality, based on your belief in yourself and your values.

The dream, the inspiration, that thing that motivates us all the way through the challenges until we reach our goal, is still there.

This, however, gives us a new place to start.

A better place to start.

Before we go out into the world to try to achieve our goals, we need to take a good look at ourselves.

Are we who we want to be?  Who we should be?

Are we firmly grounded and centered?

If we are not, life will move us off our course and we will lose focus.

We will be easily swayed by others with different values.

Life’s challenges will bump us off the path, not just to our goals, but away from the person we desire to be.

With the new year approaching, a time when many of us take stock and set goals, I think this gives us a fantastic and powerful new place to start!!