It’s 2009. Do you know where your goals are?
We, all of us, are writing the story of our lives.
Some of us work because we have to, the mundanity of paying bills month to month and eking out a living can take its toll. Others do it because they yearn to create something better from their existence. They demand to know the raison d’etre for their work and they are hell bent on making it meaningful. They do so, not to control the end of their story but so that they can feel more purposeful, more substantive. The point is not to feel that time has been squandered and that when the end comes, life would have had some meaning.
As the New Year was fire worked in, the world seemed to fizzle out. War in the Gaza strip, job losses and sinking economies made us dread. Still as the world spiralled around us, we felt it necessary to make goals, to create meaning. We made a compact with ourselves to work better, exercise more, pray deeper and connect more. Whatever we wished for as the clock struck midnight, the desire was that we would be more purposeful in our pursuits.
Easier said than done. Easier said than achieved in tough times.
I bear no psychology credentials but there is something I believe about hard times that can make you change the course of your life. Hard times force you to overcome the doubts that would normally give you pause. It makes you unleash the inhibitions that previously held you back and makes you apply some reasoned planning to your life instead of fumbling along. I saw it last year. My friend, an accountant, struck out on her own after the senior partner, her employer, got ill. After 20 years of making a salary that barely got her through, she shook out the shingles, opened for business and old clients came knocking. Her take home pay quadrupled. This was not a singular case of overcoming fear, I have many.
I know that for those thinking of entrepreneurship there will always be a sea of doubt: there will never be enough time, enough chutzpah, enough money, enough balls, enough guts. Most of it is all psychological too, the blocks are designed to keep us from finding ourselves. Some of them are badly twisted misconceptions, some of them are rooted fears. The two are fabricated to make the obstacles seeming insurmountable to prevent us from the belief that we can soar. Leap. Fly.
Please don’t, it’s 2009. Do you know where your goals are?