Let’s start by reviewing some of the most cliché goal evaluations right off the bat: Where do you see yourself in five years? Where do you see yourself in ten years? Most answer these questions with where they see themselves in their career. I challenge you to do something bigger.
Today, I want you to start setting goals for your mind, body, and soul. I want you to start setting goals that use your career to propel you towards your passions. Goals that move you towards doing things that you love, stimulating your mind and soul, nurturing your body, and surrounding yourself with things that make your heart swell with gladness.
Today, I challenge you to make your passion into your purpose and your purpose into your passion.
Over the past few days, I have had some much needed time to reflect with myself and on my life. Taking time to reevaluate where I want to myself to go and who I will become based on the choices that I am making right now. (Here’s where that “Real Life Imagined” part comes in.) I write this post with my heart set a fire to move myself towards a life filled with beauty that is so much greater than the grind: my nine to five job.
As someone who wound up in a job outside of my field, like many others, I am striving to find myself outside of the temporary walls of the cubicle that I am in week after week. In a country so driven by success that is measured in numbers and position on the ladder, not to mention growing up with someone who measured their own self-worth by their career, I am struggling day after day to justify my value in the world as more than just the revenue I am bringing in for the company I work for.
I am a daughter, partner, friend, companion, adventurer, and someone who drives to inspire! What I bring to the world is so much greater than a figure on a piece of paper or the survey scores I am receiving from my clients. No matter how good I am at my job, who I am and what I do outside of work is even more important to me. I am not spending time with my loved ones while I am at my job, nor am I making memories that will leave a lasting impression on my heart for a lifetime.
The goals that I am setting now will do each of the things I mentioned above:
- Propel me towards doing things that I love.
- Encounter things that stimulate my mind and soul.
- Engage in a life that nurtures my body.
- And, surround myself with things that make my heart swell with gladness.
If I spent each and every day focused on bringing these things into my life, what a beautiful and wondrous life it would be! Those are my goals. My goals are set based on things that are so much greater than whether or not I am receiving a promotion or getting a special award, because I am more than who I am when being evaluated based on a performance scale.
Now, don’t get me wrong, the income from my job helps make a lot of those aforementioned goals a possibility. I have worked hard to get myself into a position, which can fuel the goals that are most important to me. I can save and set aside money to take me on adventures with the ones I love, while also taking care of the day-to-day necessities. Practicality is never forgotten.
My point here is: don’t put yourself aside. Make your purpose and passion the fire that fuels what you do each day and fuels the goals that you set for your life. Yes, work hard at your job, because good things come to those who work hard, but set your goals for your mind, body, and soul.
Because, at the end of the day, it is how you drive your inner most self in all that you do that is most important.
Today is your day to start setting goals that cultivate your real life into the life you have always imagined.