I kinda lost my mojo on goal-setting after I’ve accomplished what I wanted back then. After college graduation, I set my sights on a lot of things. First was to pass the local NLE, then focus on all the other series of exam for a US nursing license. I did all that. I set my goals, studied very hard, and was very positive and determined that I could do it. I’ve passed the exams I needed to take. The problem was I didn’t prepare anything beyond that which resulted into a person that just goes on with the flow now. I tried working in hospitals but I didn’t stay longer than my volunteer or training stint. I have the option to stay despite being on-call and for all the nurses out there you know what that means: less salary and benefits. But that is how a life of a nurse here in the philippines is and eventually after a year or so, you’ll gonna be a staff nurse. I probably didn’t like the set-up so I didn’t fancy working that long. Oh, I’m not going to discuss here the ills of being a nurse in this country. That’s for another topic and debate.
The most obvious reason that I didn’t have the resolve to stick around is that I didn’t have a goal in mind like I used to. Working in a Philippine hospital didn’t appeal good to me because I never fix or ready myself for that kind of work. So there are negative aspects and didn’t have the mindset to continue on. In life, there will always be setbacks. But if you have a goal in mind, it doesn’t matter anymore. What matters is that you have a goal to reach.
I had an insightful conversation with a friend of mine about goals. I wanted to apply at a certain company but I was putting it off for quite some time because I was scared. I failed the first interview. I guess I never really lose well. But if I have dreams, I’m not just going to stop there. I need to plan. Plans need goals that are SMART. Smart, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic and Timely. My friend told me that “You’re a Gibo supporter right?”. I was taken aback with the pressure of a sorta accusation. I am a Gibo supporter and I should say “Sulong”. Not cower away but face the heat when it’s not going the way I wanted it. Welcome to the pressures of being a Gibo supporter. I actually had to be very careful because my friend easily pointed out my weakness. I am a Gibo supporter and I should follow what Gibo inspire us all to be.
I got this from Gibo’s airplane ad or at least some part of it and just translated it to English. Given oppurtunity I always share it but it seems I’m the one who’s not truly listening.
“If I want to fly, I need to have initiative, determination, workmanship. If I want to fly, I need to have resolve, direction, a goal in mind.”****
Dare to fail. But fail forwards, not backwards. Now I’m off to make my first planning and goal-setting session after 3 years.
*** Here is the full transcript of that ad: “ang pag lipad ng isang bansa ay hindi nakukuha sa panaginip at pangarap lang;
dapat may initiatibo, pagpupursige; dapat may paggawa at pag kakaisa. ang gustong lumipad kelangan may lakas – alam kung san pupunta – may sariling direksyon at di nagpapadala sa ihip ng hangin – dapat may galing at talino.
matagal na nating gustong lumipad – ready for take off na tayo. ito si gibo teodoro, dating sec of national defense, dating congressman; subok na piloto. forever filipino. handang lumipad kasama nyo – tara!”