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Which Kind Of Goal Setter Are You?

There are two types of goal setters in this world.  People who set goals and people who set goals like Paul Steele.  When most of us want to get in better shape, we do a couple of weeks of Atkins or make a couple of 30 minute trips to the gym.  Paul decided to climb Mount Kilimanjaro.

paul steele hikerPaul was kind enough to answer a few of my questions and give us some insight into how this came about and where it has led him.

So Paul, tell me about your blog-  baldhiker.com.  What made you get into blogging in the first place?

I was/am just an everyday tweeter (joined in 2008) and I started tweeting my hikes and treks as I went along. People seemed to like it and after 2 years on twitter I decided I should blog my hikes and expand my pics/thoughts for the day.

You seem to be a very goal-oriented person.  Why is goal setting so important for success?

Yes. goals are what drives me. Mountain tops, treks completed, sights seen. If it wasn’t for goals I would still be obese, feeling mundane. For instance, I never worry about what I eat really as I know my goals make me get up and do something.

Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro?  Now THAT is setting a goal!  Where did you come up with that idea?

Kilimanjaro was one of the early altitude climbs. That was exactly when I was huge and obese. A friend asked if I wanted a go as he knew I loved hiking, plus it was for a great charity. I never looked back.

You built a big Twitter following as you were training.  Did that help to push you along- knowing that so many people were rooting for you?

Friends on twitter are amazing. The boost that a kind 140 characters from a friendly face can make is incredible. Sometimes when trekking, climbing you lose connection on the mobile so when logging on after it can be very humbling to tell the truth. Gives lots of strength to give back and take interest in what others are doing too.

Was travel writing always one of your goals – or just a by-product of one of your goals?paul steele portrait

I still do not call myself a Travel Writer. I am a tweeter that tweets and shares and takes interest in a whole variety of subjects. As I said I have only blogged just over a year and with my love of hiking/trekking there is an interest in travel per se. I had/have no goals to be anything special, I am just me and write about what I have been up to or what others have. So yes a by-product indeed.

What do you think is the biggest thing that keeps people from reaching the goals they set for themselves?

Positivity and keeping it going is hard for many. I totally understand that. There is the financial market for a start keeping people from priorities plus unfortunately we all know negative people. I say reach for your dreams. Do not focus on time limits but happily go for goals and enjoy the journey on the way there.

Is there “one that got away” – a goal you really went after, but never could reach?

No, never- a goal will always be there. For instance my goal is to walk to the south pole. I have started canvassing sponsors and publicly shown this online, but purposely have not restricted myself to time. No mountain, place to be dissappears fast. If I have missed something then I can’t think of it as I couldn’t do anything about it now 🙂

As a bit of a travel celebrity, you get to go places many people only dream of.  Where is the place you would most like to visit?

Haha a celebrety? nahhhh. But yes I have seen some incredible places this year. I cannot complain. As above. The South Pole is a dream/goal.

Will Paul ever make it to the South Pole?  The only way to find out is to follow him on Twitter and see for yourself.  Also, be sure to stop by his website BaldHiker to check out some of his fantastic images from around the world.

So what is YOUR biggest goal?  Go ahead and put it in writing now.  Leave it in the comments and start working toward it!


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About Larry Lourcey

Plano portrait artist, Larry Lourcey, holds the designation of Master Photographer awarded by the Professional Photographers of America (PPA) in 2007.  Several of Larry’s images have been selected for the prestigious PPA Loan Collection, including an image displayed at Imaging Asia in 2005. While Lourcey is most recognized for his black and white photography, the breadth of his work includes vibrant photo paintings, Polaroid transfers, and photographic collages.  He derives his inspiration from master painters like John Singer Sargent and Edgar Degas, while embracing the bold styles of more modern greats; such as Pino Daeni. In his free time, Larry enjoys trying to find free time. Follow him on Twitter as @larryphoto

About Larry Lourcey

Plano portrait artist, Larry Lourcey, holds the designation of Master Photographer awarded by the Professional Photographers of America (PPA) in 2007.  Several of Larry’s images have been selected for the prestigious PPA Loan Collection, including an image displayed at Imaging Asia in 2005. While Lourcey is most recognized for his black and white photography, the breadth of his work includes vibrant photo paintings, Polaroid transfers, and photographic collages.  He derives his inspiration from master painters like John Singer Sargent and Edgar Degas, while embracing the bold styles of more modern greats; such as Pino Daeni.

In his free time, Larry enjoys trying to find free time. Follow him on Twitter as @larryphoto

Comments

  1. Currently, I just have one goal and that is to win current contest in which I have participated.
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  2. Rubbish!!

    There are people who set goals, Paul Steel, people who set goals like Paul Steel, and lots of other people who don’t set goals, or who set objectives, have amnitions, etc…..

    Cheers Mate…..

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  3. Karen Spurlin
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    Paul~ Enjoyed your insightful answers on setting and acheiving goals; especially, “Do not focus on time limits, but happily go for goals and enjoy the journey…” 😀

  4. What a humble and courage man..thanks for sharing your story. I love how you started out as “obese and unfit” and took the first step to reclaim your health and vitality. Very inspiring and great interview Larry.

  5. Thanks for the comments! I loved the part about goals never going away – so true. Just gotta keep chasing them.
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  6. I had not heard of Paul Steele before. But reading through the interview questions … wow.. climbing Mount Kilimanjaro not that no easy task.
    My goals are not far fetched but I still struggle to stay afloat..Good inspiring post.
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  7. Great interview, Larry!

    “Positivity and keeping it going is hard for many.”

    I would agree with this. When I’m doing NaNoWriMo, I see people get discouraged because they’ve fallen a day or two behind and quit — in the first week of the challenge! When reaching for a goal, you have to keep a “never give up” attitude. Sometimes, you might have to adjust your thinking about a goal, such as when you can realistically achieve it by, but even then, never give up on it. Keep chasing it until you achieve it.

    Anyone can reach their goal!
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    • The secret to NaNoWriMo and getting over that OMG, I’m behind! thing is not to add your missed word count to the next day, but to AVERAGE it over the days remaining. I think that’s a project management skill that eluded me until I had a few NaNoWriMos under my belt, Grady.

      Sometimes, you do have to adjust your thinking. It’s okay to admit that the goal you thought you had isn’t important to you anymore. It’s not okay to make excuses to give up on it, and still claim it matters. It’s okay to fail and try again; it’s not okay to label yourself a failure and set your sights lower each time.

      Great interview, Larry! Thank you, Paul – some really great insights, here. I love that you started out as “just a tweeter” and kept going – and that you get strength from taking an interest in others. I wish more people would learn that one.
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      • Absolutely, Holly, though I’ll also say that if you happen to find yourself 10K plus down on the last day like *cough* I *cough* was last year last year, focusing on what you can do in the next 15 minutes can help too. 😀

        Sometimes, you might realize that a goal is no longer important to you. That’s about the ONLY time I say it’s okay to quit. Any other challenge, you should try to push through all obstacles until you reach your goal.

        Now, if I can just take my own advice OUTSIDE of NaNoWriMo…
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        • SO true, Grady. I should’ve written “How I Learned to Relax and Love NaNoWriMo” – I think it’s very important to say, “It’s okay to revise this goal, admit that I just don’t CARE about finishing this thing, this year, because I’m doing other things and it’s just more fun!” What’s the worst that can happen, here, really? I used to think it was this huge admission of failure; I treated it like that first sneaked cigarette after announcing to the world that you’re quitting smoking, or something. It’s not. It’s only an admission that this is not a goal you’re really COMMITTED to, this month. And ANY month can be your “NaNoWriMo,” but – well – I’m not going to rewrite this morning’s post in the comments to Paul’s interview! LOL The year I realized this, though, I was at a family reunion and faced with a choice: Fully enjoy my limited time with family, or keep sneaking off to write the novel. I think I made the right choice – have never regretted not writing the book that year.
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