Looking ahead to reach your goals

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I have a new car. Well, it’s not a new car, but it’s nice and I like it.

It’s a 1997 Buick Park Avenue with low miles. It needs a paint job, but other than that it’s in pretty good shape.

It’s doing a whole lot better than the last car I bought.

One of the coolest features is something called “head-up display.” I had heard of the technology on Air Force jets, but didn’t know it was available on cars.

The head-up display, also known as HUD, allows me to see how fast I’m going without having to look down at the speedometer. It projects the car’s speed onto the windshield.

There’s a couple of things I like about the feature.

First, it’s cool. It makes me feel kinda like a fighter pilot or something. I can almost hear the song from “Top Gun” when I’m cruising down I-40.
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Second, it’s safe. I never have to take my eyes off the road to find out how fast I’m going.

This is especially nice when I see a highway patrolman coming in the other lane. Not that I’m ever going fast enough to get a ticket, of course, but I still want to know my speed immediately when I see blue lights headed in my direction.

Thinking of this reminded me of something my driver’s education teacher told me. He said to always “aim high” when looking out the windshield.

He said that when you farther up the road, you can also see things closer to you. Conversely, when you look right in front of the car, you can’t see things farther away.

This applies beautifully to life and business.

For example, if you know you’re long-term goals, it’s easier to set shorter-term markers to get there.

If you know the rank you wish to achieve in your company, then you can figure out what it will take to get there.

Aim high. You’ll always have your head up.

Steve DeVane

14 Responses

  1. Gary McElwain


    Congratulations on your new car. It reminded me of an old tv show Green Acres “Forget them foreign cars and give a Park Avenue”. Sounds like a useful technology with your speed in front of you.

    And like you say having your goals in front of you helps you to maintain your speed to get you where you want to go on time.

    Thanks for the insight

    Gary McElwain

  2. stevedevane

    Hi Gary,

    Thanks for the good wishes. I really like the car. It’s the most comfortable ride since I had a Buick Lesabre several years back. And I don’t even have to put up with a pig named Arnold like they did on Green Acres – lol!

    And, yeah, speeding is never a good idea, whether in your car or on the road to success.

    I appreciate the comment.


  3. Eddie Garcia

    Hey Steve,
    That is pretty cool! I didn’t realize they had HUD on the older model cars. I do know that the newer Corvettes have this feature and they say the same thing about it as you do. Keeping our eyes focused on our goals is essential if we want to succeed at anything in life, whether it be for our driving safety or our network marketing. Thanks for the post!

    Friends 4 Life!

  4. stevedevane

    @Eddie Garcia
    Hi Eddie,

    Yeah, I think this might have been one of the early versions of HUD for cars. It does help me keep my eyes on the road.

    Thanks for your input.


  5. stevedevane

    @Michel Laliberte
    Hey Michel,

    It seems like the more I think about analogies like this, the more they show up. Goes to show that you get what you’re looking for, I guess.

    I appreciate the comment.


  6. Vicki Zerbee

    Great analogy to use for business life. I think it does make you more focused on the day-to-day tasks when you have a larger goal that you are working toward. I did not know about the HUD system on cars so I learned something there as well.

  7. Jim Hickey

    Hello Steve,

    First off, I guess I wasn’t sure about the HUD system either since I thought it meant housing and urban development (smiling) … It is a cool analogy between your driving stories and the need to also look out ahead in business as well. Too often we get stuck worrying about the day to day operational issues and forget to also “aim high” and keep one eye out on the horizon to make sure we’re heading to our intended destination.

    Thanks for the insight,
    Jim H.

  8. Simple Health Exercises

    Hi 5 folks – what a brilliant idea x 2 its the first I’ve read about this HUD system I like the idea of having my speedo displayed on the windshield – then taking that idea and incorporating it in to a goal idea maybe someone can come up with having our goals displayed on our computer screens in much the same way so we don’t drive off in other directions – if you get my drift huh!

    All my best to you and your goals
    Phillip Skinner

  9. Steve DeVane

    @Vicki Zerbee
    Hi Vicki,

    I agree. We also need to make sure those day-to-day tasks fit in with our larger goal. Often we get caught up in busy work that isn’t getting us closer to where we want to be.

    Thanks for sharing.


  10. Steve DeVane

    @Jim Hickey
    Hey Jim,

    I have a friend who works at the Housing and Urban Development office. I thought about him when I saw the initials for the head-up display.

    I also appreciate your input on how to reach our goals.


  11. Steve DeVane

    @Simple Health Exercises
    Hi Phillip,

    Great idea about having the goals displayed on our computer screen. Perhaps one could figure out a way to have some kind of program that showed our goals first thing every time we turned on the computer. That way you’d see them first thing every day.

    Thanks for your input.


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