Here’s an interesting question for you…what are the best, most exclusive, and over-the-top goals that you would like to achieve in your life?

Well, that’s what Wendy Piersall is asking me, NewspaperGrl, Polliwog, David Wilson, Gayla McCord, and a few others.

I know the things I’d like to accomplish with my life. But Wendy got me thinking about ‘why.’

What I’ve come up with are the most important goals, no necessarily in order of importance. So, here we go…

  1. As I take my last few breaths of life – whenever that is – I want to be able to look back at my life with no regrets. No regrets for things I ‘should have done’ or done better. No regrets for things I ‘shouldn’t have done.’ No regrets for how thing turned out. Right now I know everything is in its proper place and the events of my life have/are unfolding exactly as they need too. So I want to remember that and live that and take care of anything that isn’t ‘finished.’
  2. I want to reach the deepest levels of understanding of myself, my heart, my spirit and my relationship to my Creator. This means, living as fully as I can, my spirituality. Always deepening in knowledge, belief, faith, understanding and surrender.
  3. As I live I want to be the best partner to the love of my life. I want to give everything from inside me to her once I meet her and live a life of gentleness, beauty, love and peace with her. I want to be the salve for her wounds, the cradle for her troubles and the place of rest for her worries. And every day I want to renew my love, my commitment and my promise to her.
  4. There is nothing more dear to me in this world than being a dad. I find it the most challenging thing I’ve ever done. Yet the rewards for my efforts are beyond anything tangible on this earth. I think of being a parent as being more like a very loving guide for my kids. My job, I feel, is not to mold them into something, but to guide them as they develop and grow in their own, unique way. There’s much I can write about this. Yet, the bottom line is that I make it my responsibility to raise good citizens for this world. Adults who think for themselves, trust in their inner guidance, are kind and loving to people and are just overall good human beings. This goal is my legacy – regardless of what ever else I do.

Okay, so I’m showing my soul a little bit. Yet these things are more important to me than business or worldly success. To me, they are the foundations that make all other success possible.

So what about my worldly goals? My business goals? My goals to change the world? Boy, there’s a lot of things I’ve done and so much more I’d like to do.

Let’s start with my ultimate goalTo aid people, from every walk of life and every faith, to open the door to the truth of their existence. Not to my beliefs or existence, but to find it within themselves and authentically live their truth in their daily life. I’m not talking new age mumbo-jumbo. I’m talking the ancient truth of who each of us are as we were made before we were placed in our mom’s bellies.

One criteria…I don’t want to be anyone’s guru or teacher. I only wish to offer knowledge, assistance and help for people to make their own inner journey without making it about me.

My other goals…

  • To always help bring people together instead of pushing them apart.
  • To help people who are sick, needy, poor and homeless. Not just with money, but through caring, love and action.
  • To help bridge the gap between religions, belief systems, and faiths so that they can see their similarities rather than fight about their differences.

There’s much more, but these are the biggies on my mind right now. My life has always been about serving people – no different if I consider my goals.

It’s interesting that I didn’t write about business success or financial needs. Huh, that’s something for me to consider why. I tend to speak what’s in my heart – I guess those things, while important and necessary, are not in my heart. That would be a good thing, in my opinion.

So I’ve told you about me. Now I want to hear about you. I’m going to tag a few people and ask the questions. You can refer back to Alex Shalman for details. And please trackback here because I’d like to know about your goals.

So I’m tagging…

And I’m always curious about what Liz Strauss has to say on memes like this…

So, what are your ‘gotta get’ goals?

Reader Interactions


  1. Dawud Miracle says


    Hey, you’re quick – I just posted this.

    Thanks on your feedback. There are a couple of things I need to clean up – minor really. Otherwise, I’d say I’m doing pretty good living a life with no regrets.

    Of course that doesn’t mean a life without challenges or mistakes. I just consider such things in relation to the journey of my soul.

  2. Alex Shalman says

    I hear ya. There’s another great thing about the death bed, it often comes with enlightenment. So things you may feel like you would regret, you’ll be able to easily forgive.

  3. Wendy Piersall says

    What a heartfelt and wonderful post – it’s always unsurprising to see the depth and inner beauty of the people I become friends with online. Unsurprising, because it seems like the most amazing ones I just “come across” are the ones like you who inspire me to be more, just by how you show up in life. 🙂

    From what little I know of you, I knew you would knock my socks off with this meme!

  4. Liz Strauss says

    Thank you for the love that your goals have in every word, the other-centeredness, and the thought. It was kindness that put me on that list. Thank you also for that. 🙂

  5. Dawud Miracle says


    Oh Liz, you’re always so kind. Thank you. I guess it shows that my real goals have to do with who I am and the contributions I wish to make to the world instead of my own gains. Not that I don’t want material gains, too. Lord knows I don’t want myself nor my family to suffer from lack. Yet it’s my heart that leads my life and my heart and soul wish to bring some little point of ease to people who suffer in this world – especially children. All my material goals pale to that.

    Thanks so much for caring and noticing.

  6. Dawud Miracle says


    Thank you Wendy. I’m deeply touched by your remarks. Thank you, as well, for sharing yourself with all of us.

    My deepest love is helping people; giving to people. Sharing with them what little knowledge I have that could possibly make their life easier, deeper, richer. That’s played out in different ways my entire life. Now it’s as a web-based business developer. We’ll see where that evolves.

  7. Karin Karin H. says

    Hi Dawud

    Your most important goals 1 to 4 show through your posts, answers and comments every time.

    Glad I’ve just finished most of my deadlines for Q1, now you’ve tagged me with this new meme (a very sociable meme IMO so I do intent to honour it as best as I can) I start with pondering on them for a wee little while before putting ‘pen-to-paper’

  8. Liz Strauss says

    What a joy it is to see so many of us smiling with you, because of how you inspired us with your goals, but it’s not your goals really — is it? It’s the voice of the person who wrote them.

    I have an idea about that question you’ve been pondering. 🙂

  9. Dawud Miracle says

    Karin H.,

    Ah, great. Wasn’t seeing it in such a direct way. I know that these qualities are a part of who I am and that they must come from me naturally, but I wasn’t sure how others see me.

    Link back when you’re done with your list – I’m looking forward to learning more about you.


    You’re right. Let’s talk soon. I’m not really available over the weekend – off to my sister’s house for a birthday party. But Monday has some space. So please, hold that thought…

  10. Garry Conn says

    Thanks for including me on the list. Took me a couple days to find it… sorry about that.

    I share similar goals. What is totally funny is the fact that I was chatting with a good friend of mine, Jennifer, about goals just less than an hour ago. I guess my problem is being organized and following thru with the actions necessary to achieve my goals.

    It is surreal posting this comment because of the fact that I was just talking about this not even aware that you tagged me in this post… I consider that a sign… don’t you?

    Best Regards,
    Garry Conn

  11. Drew McLellan says


    A post that is obviously very deep in your heart. Thank you for sharing it with all of your readers.

    And thanks for the tag. I want to give this some thought, but I will not forget — I promise.


  12. Adam Kayce : Monk At Work says

    I love your list, Dawud.

    It reminds me of the books written by millionaires, influential movers-and-shakers, and “social change agents,” who say, “I never really went after money, I just followed my passions, and trusted it would all work out.”

    Your post is just on the “pre-” side, rather than the “post-” side. 🙂

  13. Dawud Miracle says

    Karin H.,

    Thanks for your posting. I enjoyed reading your goals and getting to know you a bit better.


    Personally, I’ve always found that it’s difficult for me to know where I’m going if I haven’t considered the direction I’m heading. Imagine living in Chicago and wanting to travel to New York. You gotta start by knowing that New York is east of Chicago. Planning – even the most modest of goals – makes a huge difference. After all, how do you know you’ve ‘made it’ when you’re unclear where your destination is?


    You’re welcome. Thanks for reading and commenting. As I’ve said, I think I may have let the genie out of the bottle…

  14. Dawud Miracle says


    Thank you, my brother.

    I don’t know about the millionaires part, but I can certainly see that I’m still in the upswing of my business. Which is exciting and great.

    I think more than anything my post is bringing even deeper clarity into my business.

  15. Keith says


    Not sure how, but I just happened across this blog and this post. Love both! 🙂

    Goals. Yes. I’ve read many books on the subject (and tried many goal-setting systems), and what comes to mind for me at this moment is the oft-stated fact that actually *writing goals down* is so very important when it comes to setting AND achieving those goals. Gotta get it all down on paper (or at least on the computer, I guess)! I always keep that in mind (even with small daily goals & tasks). As the old saying goes…

    “What gets measured, gets done.”

  16. Dawud Miracle says


    Thank you for your kind words.

    I’ve learned over the years that the most worthy goals are those that are directly in line with my passion. I can often get my self up for working on the goals that I love – instead of the inflated goals that I think I want or need.

  17. Gayla McCord says

    Because of this meme and the Simply Successful Secrets meme, I’ve found that there are so many wonderful bloggers out here with huge hearts.

    I hope to be here to play witness to everyone reaching their own goals.

    Thanks for sharing Dawud

  18. Dawud Miracle says


    I know, I have the same experience. Thanks so much for taking the time to comment.

    I’m enjoying reading your blog. Great stuff.

    One thing I would love to see is a “Most Popular Post” category. I know you have a lot of stuff down the left side. But I’ve been wanting to know what your most popular posts have been. Take a look at Alex King’s plugin Popularity Contest. Hopefully a helpful thought.

  19. Aaron M. Potts says


    I don’t know that I can add anything new other than the major kudos that you have already received for your wonderful list of goals, but I wanted to send my appreciation for your good soul just the same.

    You are clearly focused on being a “giver” and that can never be a bad thing. I have no doubts that you’ll accomplish everything on your list! 🙂

  20. Dawud Miracle says


    Thank you so much. It’s certainly my prayer that I can rise to the daily needs of being a great husband and father. Yet I know that I’ll be challenged along the way. We’ll see how I respond.

    I saw your goals, too. Lofty. I especially the part about the beautiful house in the mountains. That’s part of my second list…

  21. Sriram Rangan says

    Thank you very much sharing this great article. It is really helpful for us. If I have more desirable and deterministic then sure we get the our goal. In this way your blog is very inspiration to us.
    A lot of Thank you.


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