What Do You Want To Be When You Grow Up?

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It’s a great question. It’s a great way to start to think about goals. As far back as I can remember, everyone asked me that. Then the next question, which wasn’t really an option in my family came, “where do you think you want to go to college?”

Back in the third grade, I remember interviewing another classmate and asked them what they wanted to be when they got bigger. I think my friend at the time in the room was Ben. Anyway, when he turned and asked me the same thing, at nine, I wanted to be the president. At eight, I wanted to be a singer. And at six? I think it was a bird. Yeah, no one told me I couldn’t sprout wings like those tiny baby birds I’d seen in one of those small twiggy nests stuck in the tree behind my house. I really thought flying would be the coolest thing in the whole world.

The importance of goals really didn’t hit me until I landed my second career in Human Resources as a corporate trainer. I helped teach managers how to be better managers: how to communicate, to set goals, and to teach their team members the importance of goals in performance management. After figuring out how to apply all the principles to myself, I realized how much I loved goals: three month range goals, six month range goals and of course, there’s always the five-year-plan. Not only did I learn to dream them, write them, but I learned the importance of drawing out each little step so I had no excuses.

Today I feel like I have no excuses. I set my goals. And not just another sentence saying, I want this! I gave myself deadlines. I gave myself examples and steps to complete along the way. Temptation will always be there.  I encounter frequent roadblocks, and when they do occur, I read over what matters to me. My family. Teaching my family important things like manners and values. And of course, how to dream dreams, chase dreams and have them for myself, because you have to. Modeling starts with you.

So where am I now as far as my goals I set a month ago?

I’ve done two of the three things. I finished my book. I wrote my awesome query letter with the help of my writers group, and now I have the long journey of hopefully, making something out of all of this.

I’m proud of what I’ve done. Giving up is easy. It’s sticking to your goals that’s tougher and more painful because you have to face your choices and why you’re not there when you thought you’d be. So what do you do? Maybe your goals weren’t doable for where you are in your life. That’s important too.  Who likes to reach when it’s obvious it’s so far out there, it feels impossible. I think it’s also important to ask yourself if the goals you set are really what you want. If they are, ask for help from people who care. Think about ways to motivate you to get there. You can do it. Believe. Believe you’re worth it.

About Erika Beebe

Author, dreamer, and a momma to a couple of wonderful kids, I try to live life everyday in hope and inspire others along my way.

Posted on September 27, 2012, in cloud, cloud 9, cloud nine, Dreams, erika b, Erika Beebe, goals, growing up, life, reaching goals, setting goals, the right goals, the wrong goals. Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Lo maintains that he wants to be a robot when he grows up. Ahhhh to be 3 again! 🙂 On a side note…can't wait to read that book!

  2. You tell that sweet boy to keep dreaming! Thanks beautiful. You're quite an inspiration!

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