That encounter made me realize two things:
First, having goals and putting them out there for the world to hear (I'm thinking of Gary Vaynerchuk's claim that he WILL buy the NY Jets) is a something that I believe can work for anyone and that more of us should embrace (I'm telling myself to be more vocal as I write). None of us should ever feel they need to defend our desires to strive for difficult goals with a line like, "I know it sounds cheezy, but..."
Second, we parents need to model goal-setting for our kids to really make it stick. This is important because modeling is how kids learn. They "do what we do, not what we say" (unless of course we do what we say). As I've noted in this blog many times, goal-setting for kids is a path to learning to save.
So put your goals out there for all to see. Have your kids to the same.
See where that takes you.
Around the world, maybe?