What are your 2019 Goals? FILL THEM IN!
Whatever you want to achieve in 2019 (and beyond), you have to be intentional about. So many stories of success seem to have an element of “luck”. It just seems like things just fell into place for this wildly successful person that you happen to emulate, look up to, or want to model your life around.
When I was a bit younger I thought it was ridiculous how many of these stories just seemed like “being in the right place at the right time”. I rubbished the fact that I too could be successful because I didn’t see how I could achieve this “luck”.
But, we can create this “luck” by being more intentional. If we want something we have to work towards it, align our lives in such a way that we begin to present our own opportunities.
While doing my Masters program I quit my job as a sports reporter. I didn’t know what I wanted to do when I was done but I KNEW I did not want to be doing that. So, I did the things I loved, I volunteered as a Communications intern with a local non-government organization (NGO). I wasn’t there very long before I got another opportunity to be an intern at the United Nations Environment Program. I was passionate about two things - helping people (through advocacy) - which I fulfilled through the first internship; and learning more about the human impact on the environment - which I did in the second.
I had wanted to work for the UN pretty much all my life, but after interning for a few months I realized that that really wasn’t what I wanted.
About three or four months later, I was closer to completing my master’s degree but no closer to deciding what I wanted to do. Then I got a call, from the NGO I volunteered with first saying they had a position open and I would be perfect for it. This job was one of the most fulfilling things I have ever done in my life. I had cultivated my own “luck”.
It was a hard decision to leave a paying job, especially while studying, but I knew that I did not see myself there. I took a leap and did some volunteering. Of course, I would have preferred to take the time to stay home and sleep, but even for those few hours a day I felt alive. I felt like I was making some kind of change and I was meeting interesting people, who would impact my life forever.
We have to move in to the direction of our goals, even if we don’t know what we want YET - we can move away from what we are sure we don’t want. So, even in setting goals for the year now I am very intentional about what I write down. I used to have a long list of things I wanted to DO…but now I focus on who I want to BE at the end of the year. I keep the list shorter - because if I am focusing on being better I can do small things overtime, I don’t need to do everything at once especially since You never stop growing and learning.
So, for 2019 I have 4 goals. Four categories of improvement I want to focus on.
If you want to set your own 4 goals for the year, download the image below.