Carlos Alberto in the 1970 World Cup final for Brazil against Italy – end of argument!
No, not that goal Dummy, a goal of huge achievement, a goal which shaped the world as we know it, the goal set by JFK, to take a man to the moon and bring him back, all by the end of that decade, the 60s.
With the death last week of Neil Armstrong I like many others have seen all the old films of the first moon landing, and the events which preceeded it, and as usual this got me thinking….
The Result of the Greatest Goal ever set?
Was this the greatest goal which was ever conceived let alone achieved?
It’s easy these days thinking this through after the event but when President Kennedy said these great words there were those who thought that he might have lost it.
Look over the following taken from Kennedy’s speech at Rice University in September 1962:
“But why, some say, the Moon? Why choose this as our goal? And they may well ask, why climb the highest mountain? Why, 35 years ago, fly the Atlantic? …
We choose to go to the Moon. We choose to go to the Moon in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard; because that goal will serve to organize and measure the best of our energies and skills; because that challenge is one that we are willing to accept, one we are unwilling to postpone, and one we intend to win … .”
This goal was set at a time when the US was thought to be behind the Soviets in the space race; the Soviets had sent up Stupnik in 1957, the first man-made craft to orbit the Earth. If this wasn’t bad enough in 1961 Yuri Gagarin became the first man in space.
Perhaps the main issue surrounding the space race was the knock on effect all this had on missle design and the threat of nuclear attack, so with their space race victories the Soviets were also leading in a much more deadly contest, the arms race; the USA were definitely playing catch up when Kennedy made this speech.
Kennedy’s Great Speech
And despite all the setbacks such as the destruction of Apollo 1 with the death of 3 astronauts, by the end of the decade Armstrong and Aldrin had walked on the moon and American national pride, along with the balance of world power was back in their favour. That’s one hell of a result.
So in essence a specific goal was set. It was probably unrealistic but because of the sheer will to succeed it happened regardless. Now think about your own goals; do you have the will to succeed that the Apollo programme did? Do you frame your goals with the intensity which President Kennedy gave to the goal of reaching the moon? And despite thinking that this tough goal (for you) might be unrealistic, do you follow through with the total belief that NASA used to get Armstrong and Aldrin to the moon?
Maybe in order to change your life you might need to follow the example shown here; commit to your goal, just like Kenndey did. Take massive action, as NASA did. And collect the massive rewards, as Armstrong and Aldrin did.
Shoot for the moon.