Years ago, I found a valuable and introspective exercise in goal setting and planning that I share every year in time for the new year.
I encourage all of you to take a break during your holiday vacation and read and re-read the exercise below and designate some time for yourself to complete it.
As Bobby Kennedy wisely said, "Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly." The first step of achieving greatly is creating a goal list and action plan for yourself.
"Make New Year's goals. Dig within, and discover what you would like to have happen in your life this year. This helps you do your part. It is an affirmation that you're interested in fully living life in the year to come.
Goals give us direction. They put a powerful force into play on a universal, conscious, and subconscious level. Goals give our life direction.
What would you like to have happen in your life this year? What would you like to do, to accomplish? What good would you like to attract into your life?...
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The importance of support and community. I can't get a conversation I had with my dad out of my head. When my maternal grandfather was diagnosed with lung cancer (far too young), being that he was in the medical field, he did research and knew there was no treatment. He read he had months to live. He told his wife, my mom and dad and he never spoke about it again. No one in my mom's family mentioned the word cancer until his death 3 months later. He just went on as if he wasn't sick and kept working, treating his beloved patients until his body wouldn't allow him.
In addition to the earlier tragedies in his life of losing his parents at a young age and devastatingly, his oldest daughter, I can't imagine the burden and trauma of not talking about being diagnosed with a deadly cancer.
Fortunately, we have come a long way from hiding cancer diagnoses. It's why support groups, advocacy, education, friends, community and loved ones are so crucial for anyone diagnosed (and their families).
People always ask what drives me in my unrelenting cancer advocacy and why I literally advocate 24/7 and dedicate my life to saving lives. My maternal grandparents died of cancer when they were a few years older than me. I never met them but I certainly would have liked to. Both my parents were diagnosed among five other beloved relatives. My mom, twice with 2 different cancers in 6 months, and my dad was hemorrhaging to death from a rare tumor and I had to advocate immediately to get him to a world expert in order to save his life.
Growing up, I saw the devastation and grief cancer can cause. It took too many members of my family, far too young. Truthfully, it made me feel as if anyone I love could be taken away at any time. It was terrifying. None of us know how much time we have here. So, I want to continue to spend my life in the most meaningful way possible.
For me, the most meaningful thing I can do is continue to spend my time saving lives as I have for the past decade as a devote...