Goals that bypass Success
By: Dan Miller

Lance Armstrong rode into history Sunday by winning
the Tour de France for a record sixth time, an
achievement that confirmed the cancer survivor as
one of the greatest sportsmen of all time. President
Bush called Lance Armstrong on Sunday to
congratulate him on a sixth straight Tour de France
title. "You're awesome," Bush told Armstrong.
President Bush "congratulated him on behalf of the
nation, and told him his country was proud of him and
that he was an outstanding athlete."
We all wish
for this kind of spectacular success - or do we?

In the movie The Bridge on the River Kwai, the
lead character is Colonel Nicholson, a prisoner of
war. Nicholson was directed by his Japanese captors
to build a bridge. Being an officer dedicated to
excellence and well trained to complete any mission
he set his mind to, Nicholson led his men in building a
beautiful bridge. But by the end of the movie he
finds himself in the painful position of defending the
bridge from destruction by fellow officers who want
to destroy it to prevent Japanese trains from using
it. He was so focused on the goal - even under
enemy control - that he lost sight of the larger
mission of helping his country win the war.

I love having goals and see what it can do to
transform results in people's lives. But a goal
obsession can blur our view of a larger mission. As
Lance Armstrong held his trophy high over his head
Sunday, he said, "This is more important than
That appears obvious. His former
wife Kristin still lives in Texas and did not respond to
interview requests from The Associated Press.
Probably busy taking care of Lance's three children,
Luke, aged 3 and the twins, Isabelle Rose and Grace
Elisabeth, not yet 1. My own son is a professional
bicycle racer - we know what winning requires. But
if Kevin had raised the trophy yesterday in Paris and
along the way opted out of being "daddy" to my
three grandkids - I'd grab the trophy and melt it
down as a paperweight.

I continually stress that "success" involves
more than just career and finances. The next
promotion, the next financial home-run, the next
athletic victory, cannot be justified if other areas in
your life get trashed. Don't let any one goal deter
you from ultimate "life success."

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