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Change Your Goals and Change Your Life

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I'm Jade Scarfone.
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It’s Ok to Change Your Goals

Recently I’ve realised it’s ok to change your goals. A few months ago I bought a bucket list journal and started writing a list of 100 dreams I want to achieve.

The journal starts with a few list pages and then there’s a page dedicated to each goal so you can go back and write about how you feel when you actually achieve it.

It started off easy, I wrote bucket_list_detail1_1a whole lot of travel goals, then moved to the career and life goals, and so on.

As I got down to number 83 it got harder and I had to stop as I didn’t want to write things just for the sake of it.

This list is about me so needs to be true to what I want and I can go back and add to it whenever I want.

I wanted to only write things I truly want as I want to mark them off as I achieve them, not cross them off because I don’t want to do them anymore.

The reason I brought this up is because it’s funny how in just a few short months, things can change so dramatically.

One of the items on my list was to quit my current job and get a similar job at one of our competitor companies.

I’d been unhappy in my current position and it just so happened that the competitor got in contact with me around that time and started discussions about me potentially applying for a position there.

He was going to keep me posted and tell me to apply when the job was posted.

At that point in time it was all I wanted, the competitor is a bigger name nationally and could open up massive opportunities for me to further my career.

Naturally I wrote this in my bucket list journal. When you write it down and visualise it happening it’s far more likely to become a reality.

And so it did. A few days ago I received a call from the competitor telling me I got the job.

Hold on you’re thinking, you didn’t actually apply for it, so how did you get it?

Well it turns out the casual meeting I thought I was having a few months ago, was actually my interview, and I nailed it.

So how did I accidentally accept a job I don’t want? And how did my path change so dramatically in just a few months?

Here’s how it went.

For the past few months the manager I met with has been keeping me in the loop, explaining the process can be drawn out at this time of year etc. etc. but to keep the faith.

In the meantime I found another opportunity online but still wasn’t sure about whether I could last in my current company so continued to stay in contact with the new company in case I needed to move before I hit real success in my new online venture.

As you know, I’m changing goals, trying to escape the corporate world and having now found a way, and with this new offer taking so long to come to fruition, I’d finally made up my mind that when the ad came out I wouldn’t be applying for the position.

So Tuesday morning, I had two missed calls and a text message to call this manager urgently.

I got in a panic as I knew I wanted to tell him I wasn’t going to apply but didn’t know how to say it after sounding interested in the position for so long.

I left it a while and spoke to a few of my friends at work and got their advice on what to say.

So I had it all planned out, I was now ready to make the call.

Voicemail! Yes. I can leave a message and be done with it.

One very long winded message later and I’d done it. I felt good. Free. The hard part was out of the way.

Then, I got a call back from the manager. He hadn’t listened to my voicemail and he wasn’t calling to tell me the ad was up, he was calling to tell me the job was mine.

Wait, what? I don’t have to go through an hour long online submission? No gruelling interview process?

The job is mine?!

So completely caught off guard, and blown away by this company wanting me so much they’d bypass the application and interview process, I accepted the job!

I ACCEPTED THE JOB! Yes this is an amazing opportunity and I’d be stupid to pass it up.

So what’s your answer Jade?

Yes! Yes I’ll take it!

Yes? Yes? Yes?

NO! NO! NO!

Realisation hit me. Next phase – panic mode. I don’t want this job. What have I done???

I called my dad to ask his thoughts. No answer.

I called my mum. No answer.

Where are these people when you need them?!

I called a colleague who understands my situation and he talked me into what a good opportunity it was.

My mum phoned me back and she told me how great it sounds.

I walked out of the room feeling like I had made the right decision.

Then I called my boss to make sure he was coming into the office that day.

He knew something was up and came in straight away.

We spoke. He asked me a whole lot of questions I didn’t know the answers to. And it hit me again. What am I getting myself into? I don’t want this job! I’m changing goals.

Once again I had let people talk me into something I knew deep down I didn’t want at all.

My dad phoned me back. He told me to do what I want and if that means not taking this job so I can travel next year then do that!

My dad telling me to do what I want! Encouraging me to travel. OMG! Who is this man?

Thankfully this time it wasn’t too late. No contract signed, the ball was in my court. I owe the other company nothing.

So I left it sitting for 24 hours and phoned the other company’s manager the following morning to tell him what a wonderful opportunity it was, and how much of an honour it was to be considered, but unfortunately the timing just isn’t right.

He accepted this. It was so easy. Nowhere near the hard conversation I had built up in my head.

Relief washed over me and I went back to doing my current job and actually feeling good about it.

I now know it’s not a permanent thing, I have a new venture which is hitting the ground running and I can safely say this time next year I will be out of the corporate world for good.

But in the meantime, I saved my manager from a heart attack, got the approval I need to take an extended holiday next year, and essentially ticked a goal off the bucket list. While it turned out to be something I no longer wanted, I still achieved it so it’s just extra proof that when you think about something and visualise it enough, you do get it!

And that just gives me the momentum I need to go further in my online venture.

No more self doubt. Only self belief from here on in. I know I have the tools to go far and the people surrounding me to support and drive me. If you have ever thought about doing something like this and just don’t know where to start, don’t keep thinking about it, take action. A goal without a plan is just a wish. Start planning today, realise it’s ok to change your goals and then set a plan in action to start achieving those goals.

If you’re ready, you can start NOW!

I look so forward to meeting you.

Much Love

Jade xo

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