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So how high should you set your goals?

December 6, 2013

GoalsThis Blog is dedicated to Nelson Mandela. His lifelong GOAL was to bring racial equality in South Africa, this he did and inspired so many along the way in his Long Walk to Freedom.

Prime Minister Tony Abbott put it so well on his Facebook Page – The world mourns the passing of Nelson Mandela.  Nelson Mandela will forever be remembered as more than a political leader, he was a moral leader.  He spent much of his life standing against the injustice of apartheid.  When that fight was won, he inspired us again by his capacity to forgive and reconcile his country.  While the world may never see another Nelson Mandela, he has inspired countless men and women throughout the world to live more courageous and honest lives.

“Setting goals is just the first step; achieving them is obviously an entirely different animal. But that’s okay; knowing what you want (and why you want it) automatically makes you more likely to make it happen —…” – No Meat Athlete[1]

Below is this week’s Parsha Vayigash in a Nutshell from www.chabad.org – (Genesis 44:18–47:27) Judah approaches Joseph to plead for the release of Benjamin, offering himself as a slave to the Egyptian ruler in Benjamin’s stead. Upon witnessing his brothers’ loyalty to one another, Joseph reveals his identity to them. “I am Joseph,” he declares. “Is my father still alive?”

The brothers are overcome by shame and remorse, but Joseph comforts them. “It was not you who sent me here,” he says to them, “but G‑d. It has all been ordained from Above to save us, and the entire region, from famine.”

The brothers rush back to Canaan with the news. Jacob comes to Egypt with his sons and their families—seventy souls in all—and is reunited with his beloved son after 22 years. On his way to Egypt he receives the divine promise: “Fear not to go down to Egypt; for I will there make of you a great nation. I will go down with you into Egypt, and I will also surely bring you up again.”

Joseph gathers the wealth of Egypt by selling food and seed during the famine. Pharaoh gives Jacob’s family the fertile county of Goshen to settle, and the children of Israel prosper in their Egyptian exile.

A few things have inspired me to do this week’s Blog, but I am going to make it short.

  1. Reading the No Meat Athletes newsletter on Setting Goals;
  2. A conversation with a friend about health and nutrition; and
  3. Reading the story of Josh LaJaunie and listening then listening to Rich Roll’s interview of him.

lajaunie_640x360In a nutshell Josh LaJaune went from over ~185kg (410 pounds) to about 90kgs and discovered health, exercise and a vegan lifestyle along the way. Josh describes his eating habits before losing the weight and some of his favourite local delicacies from the deep South in America such as po’ boys[2], jambalaya & barbeque that were such a big part of his life and “Culture”. In the Rich Roll Podacast [3] asks him how he now survives without some of these so called delicacies and he answers as follow “Me and Po’ boy, wa(Southern Accent) not talking …. No love lost between me and Po’boy”

One of the main things I got out of his Blog[4] was the following statement – “Running has given my weight loss a purpose. I no longer think of how I look, or how much I weigh as a goal. Now my running/fitness/health are driving, and the weight loss is merely along for the ride.”. A healthy lifestyle has to be one of your GOALS.

I read the following Parsha overview by Rabbi Marc D. Angel  – In this week’s Torah portion, we read that Jacob sent Judah to Egypt ahead of the family, “lehorot lefanav Goshnah,” to show the way before him into Goshen. The Midrash interprets this phrase to mean that Judah was sent ahead in order to establish a house of study. Jacob realized that his family was moving into a powerful Egyptian civilization that had many values inimical to Jacob’s religious views. He had a GOAL to be sure that proper foundations were laid in the new land, so that his family could stay focused on their own spiritual mission and not be swallowed up by the prevailing paganism in Egypt.

‘To get from where you are to where you want to be you have to have enthusiasm, a dream and a goal.’ – Jim Valvano[5]

We all need to set GOALS. They do not have to be as big as losing 200 pounds or changing the course of history of a Country.

 “It’s about improvement – not perfection. Better in 2014 than in 2013.” – Joe Friel

To end a quote from Nelson Mandela – “Sport can awaken hope where they was previously only despair.”


[2] A po’ boy (also po-boy, po boy, or poor boy) is a traditional submarine sandwich from Louisiana. It almost always consists of meat, usually roast beef, or fried seafood. The meat is served on baguette-like New Orleans French bread, known for its crisp crust and fluffy center.[1]

[5] American college basketball coach and broadcaster

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  1. Mom permalink

    Excellent blog. Short & inspiring strong & meaningful. Quotes v gd. Well done. Luv Mom

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