I got an email today about having goals that inspire you. At least a couple times a week I hear a podcast or read a blog post about goals. What do you want to do? What makes your heart soar? What speaks to you? What can’t you stop thinking about? It’s this inwardly focused goal setting that I’m burnt out on.

I’ve dreamed of the big career, big money, independence, blah blah blah. But I’ve never followed through on the goals I set to achieve those things. Why? Mostly because they aren’t the things that are important to me. I’ll take a few steps on the path to the “big goals” and then jump off the path to attend to what my wife and daughters need. I learned very early in my marriage what focus on your career can do (80+ hours for months at a time) and I never want to do that again.

If my employment situation changes it might be necessary to compromise on some the family stuff I’m able to attend to, but I’ll talk to my girls and we’ll make a decision together as to how to proceed.

I’m 45 today. I can look a lot of the goals I’ve set in the past and see that I haven’t accomplished them, but I couldn’t be happier with where I am. I have a wonderful family, a nice place to work, and a Savior who continues to deliver His gifts of forgiveness, life, and salvation.

I was a fan of the original Ninja Warrior show from Japan and while I’m still partial to the motherland version, American Ninja Warrior is very enjoyable as well. That said, at the 2:50 minute of the video below, is the most amazing feat of creativity and athleticism I’ve seen on the either incarnation of the show and maybe ever.

The TouchID on my iPhone has been flakey for the last month so I took it to the Apple store and I got a replacement with very little hassle. The whole experience is why I stick with Apple products. I rarely have problems with any of my devices, but when I do I know where to go for support.

I broke my habit chain in several areas yesterday. I was on a pretty good role for me, but the last day away on vacation got me out of a productive mindset. I’ve often stewed on failures like this and finally kicked myself into action after a few days/weeks got me feeling guilty or some external trigger got me to try to create another good chain. Or I would try to start the chain again right away, but the guilt of just having broken it would eat at me and I’d end up with a cluster of chains that were 1 or 2 days long.

This time I’m just going with the mindset that I will break the chain occasionally, but I’m going to keep getting better and have longer ones. I just need to start a new one right now. Not put it off, try to justify my failure, or any other kind of excuse; just start again. Of all the productivity tips I know, the one that hits closest to home is to just keep starting. Fail at something, just start again. Succeed at something, start again. Don’t like the outcome of something, start something else. Spinning on anything isn’t going to move you forward. It really is as simple as “keep starting.”

I went swimming today with the girls. To be more precise, I went to the pool with the girls and they went swimming. I had my swim trunks on in case they wanted me to go in, but they had fun playing with each other and their cousin so I was off the hook. I read some and just relaxed. I thought about going in, but I wanted to remember this as the first time the girls went to the pool and didn’t need dad. I just wanted to soak in the fact that they are growing up. So proud of both of them.