I may have mentioned that I’ve lived overseas before. I’ve even learned languages — but only enough to give directions to a driver or shop in a supermarket. I didn’t really form any meaningful and lasting connections with locals. At that time, my focus was on creating wonderful memories and raising my children. But, this mission to Costa Rica is something different – more of a spiritual adventure – and I want to make sure I am focussed.
Goal setting may seem like you are setting yourself up to work at climbing an insurmountable obstacle. But it’s really taking the long view. Where do you want to be in one year. What skills, talents, gifts, experiences do you want to have?
I am setting myself up for a good experience by setting goals.
- I will study Spanish 30 minutes every day. (Goal: I will speak Spanish.)
- I will have a meaningful conversation in Spanish with someone at least once a week. (Goal: I will have friends and acquaintances in my new community.)
- I will live the Gospel and share it with those around me.
- I will work and serve in my calling as an office missionary serving the young 18-24 yr. olds in Costa Rica, San Jose West Mission. (Goal: I will be successful.)
- I will report on my experiences and progress weekly – that’s where the blog comes in:-)
People will forget what you said, People will forget what you did, but People will never forget how you made them feel. - Maya Angelou