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Keep making plans,
setting goals for future

John Bland
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Ray Keller, Business Expo featured speaker, talked Tuesday about his grandmother. She lived to be nearly 100 and her last words were about the dress she would wear to her 100th birthday. "She died with a goal," Keller told those assembled at the Chamber of Commerce Business Expo luncheon held at First Baptist Church.

His point was that people at any age should be setting goals and making plans.

Keller grew up in the Weiner area and now lives in Jonesboro. As a motivational speaker, he has recently returned from South Africa and is soon headed to Moscow. Later on Tuesday, he was scheduled to speak in Fayetteville.

Keller is an active Rotary member and has worked in the past with Lawrence Memorial Hospital.

"You're very fortunate to have that hospital in your community," he said.

Keller recently celebrated his 60th birthday by planning his next 60 years.

Keller complimented Dr. Ralph Joseph, longtime Walnut Ridge physician. "Dr. Joseph is still out there and making a difference."

He spoke about the Seven Laws of Lifetime Growth.

1. Always make your future bigger than your past. Where do you want to be five years from today?, Keller asked. "I have to believe the best is yet to come." Keller said the books you read and people you meet make the difference.

2. Always make sure you're giving more than you receive. Keller said his grandmother was a giver, always tending to others and making a positive difference in their lives.

3. Always make your learning greater than your experience. "Stay in school," Keller stressed. "If we're not changing and learning, we'll get left behind." Ray noted that his mother plays Scrabble with her great-grandkids by using her iPad to keep her mind sharp.

4. Make your performance greater than your applause. "You will be invited back to perform again."

5. Always make your gratitude greater than your success.

6. Always make your enjoyment greater than your effort. "We were created to work. A lot of people have convinced themselves they don't like work, their boss Mark Twain said, 'Make your vocation your vacation.'" In other words, have a good attitude, "whistle while you work, find enjoyment in what you do."

7. Make your confidence greater than your comfort. Keller noted that in learning or achieving most anything, one must go through some discomfort. He encouraged attendees to embrace the discomfort and not make comfort the goal.

He closed stating that goals are not just for young people. "When we are young, we are filled with dreams, the idea, what have I got to lose."

As his grandmother did, he urged all of us, at any age, to keep making plans and setting goals.

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