I was missing in action for months because of all the wedding preparations and other activities. But here I am now, ready to kick the ball rollin’.
I’ve been writing my goals each year for sometime now and planning my year according to that goals. I believe that writing down my goals is a good way to track my growth by the end of the year. In school, we can rely on our report cards and our teachers’ feedback to know which areas we need improvement. But in the real world, there are no more grading system to identify how much we fare in this life.
As Randy Pausch said in his Last Lecture, “The only way any of us can improve is if we develop a real ability to assess ourselves. If we can’t accurately do that, how can we tell if we’re getting better or worse?”
We have to do it. We got to learn how to honestly judge ourselves in order to recognize our true abilities and have a sense of our own flaws, otherwise, we might end up not reaching our full potential or looking out on other’s definition of success.
Flashback to 2012
I remember the time when I had to live independently in order to work thousand miles away from home. First time. Alone. I had all kinds of mixed emotions and the most prominent of them is FEAR. My fear stems from being afraid to fail, to not do it right, to find out that even after years of diligently working in the Philippines, I still am a beginner.
And then I realized, what if I am? I can’t abandon an opportunity just because I don’t know how to do it right. Eventually, it all did happen. I failed, I did not do it right the first time, I was back to zero. But come to think of it, I wouldn’t be where I am right now if I had not taken that single step forward. This experience taught me that it’s in showing up, in the discovery, in the pursuit, even as a newbie, that life transforms.[tweetthis] It’s in showing up, in the discovery, in the pursuit.. that life transforms. [/tweetthis]
My word for this year is FEARLESS. It started lingering in my mind when I overcame my fear over an extreme activity and jumped out of a plane at 14,000 feet day before the new year starts. Skydiving — it was an experience that made me feel braver and reminded me of my conquered fear three years ago. That if I have done this, then I know I can do whatever it is that I put my heart into.
Take note that fearless doesn’t mean NOT being afraid at all. When we are faced with something we don’t know, it’s impossible to not feel scared, right? But even when our eyes are blindfolded, even when we don’t know what’s out there, we can always take confidence that we have a God bigger than our fears. And just like how a song puts it, someday it’s gonna make sense. :)
Have an exciting year ahead!