We all need positive goals. Inspirational goals tend to stay with us longer.

I was looking for a truly challenging goal like a marathon that you believe you can finish but are not sure until it is actually accomplished. The idea of lifting a US Navy battleship immediately invokes two thoughts: "Not obvious that I can do this." And " What? Are you crazy!!?? " This immediately qualified as a challenge. The USS Arizona goal vividly connects with the American psyche helping us to remember a key American history event that is fading over the years as we lose the WW II generation. I find an inspirational connection with this goal since my parents met in Hawaii after WW II while they were both in the Army. My older brother was born in Hawaii and all three are now in Arlington National Cemetery. My mother solemnly remembered Pearl Harbor Day all of her life. My tribute lifting is in memory of them, friends lost over the years and the Vietnam War generation. I am opening this challenge to others to use and personalize with their own inspirational connections.

The Ship Shape Award challenge can create a commitment to daily exercise as you tackle this challenge, either solo or with a partner. The Challenge ultimately pays tribute to those special to you by your remaining stronger longer.

Hopefully the Gulf War, Iraq War and Afghanistan War generation and others can use the Ship Shape Award challenge to physically grow stronger while remembering lost comrades, family or friends.

Participation is free. Any profits from merchandise sales will be 100% contributed to The American Heritage Foundation (www.1773.us).

Visit my Ship Shape Award record. Stay strong and remember.

We all need positive and enduring inspirational goals.

The idea of lifting the weight of a US Navy vessel in tribute to lost family and friends qualified as an inspirational challenge and as a wellness journey. The USS Arizona goal vividly connects with the American psyche helping us to remember a key American history event that is fading over the years as we lose the WW II generation. I find an inspirational connection with this goal since my parents met in Hawaii after WW II while in the Army. My older brother was born in Hawaii and all three are now in Arlington National Cemetery. My mother solemnly remembered Pearl Harbor Day all of her life. My tribute lifting is in memory of them, lost friends and the Vietnam War generation. This free challenge is open to everyone to use and personalize with their own inspirational connections.  The Challenge ultimately pays tribute to those special to you by your remaining stronger longer.

Hopefully the Gulf War, Iraq War and Afghanistan War veterans and others can use the challenge to condition their bodies and spirits through exercise, team work and memories.

"Mailman"