It’s another year friends and another chance to get it right. I learned something at the beginning of this year that hadn’t occurred to me before. Before setting your goals for the new year you should look back at your goals from the year before to see the progress, or lack thereof, you made. This is after all the introspective retrospective playground; so I’ll begin.
I had a few goals last year, some lofty some not. Make a couple YouTube videos a month, record on my podcast everyday, travel once a month, get extremely fit, buy a house, and buy a new car. You know the usual things. The thing you have to ask yourself is why are you setting these goals for yourself. How does it feed your ultimate goal? Why are you committing to do these things? I realized I was forcing myself into some of these things because other people thought I’d be great at it or that it would somehow elevate me in life. Well I started on my goals January 1st as usual and by June I had dropped half of them. The ones I actually stayed with were because I had a passion for it, a love, something I couldn’t do without.
So yes, I got into better shape. I’m still not Naomi Campbell, but give me another year or so and I’m right there. I paid off some big debt, which was an incredible feeling, and started honing in on my modeling career. I bought a house and travelled a little bit more than once a month. All these things had a purpose that propelled my life forward. They brought opportunities for advancement, a freedom from financial restraints, and a flooding of culture from around the world that has my heart still full.
Now that I’ve unflooded my “goal bank” and unhindered myself from self inflicted expectations I can simply focus on goals I can and want to achieve. So this year I’m getting published. I’ve already decided. I’ll be rocking a runway, saving money, making friends, traveling (just a bit), working for a theater that I’ve been wanting to work with, and buying a new car. But most importantly I will not be afraid. I challenge you to do the same. Look back on your pass goals. Look inward to what served you well and what can continue to serve you. Then look forward into your future. Set those goals. And don’t be afraid.
Dreamers and Believers,