For a while now I've known the person I want to be after leaving Praxis. When I was asked to come up with my three main goals (and anti-goals) it was just a matter of putting it into words. After spending some time in thought, I feel really content with the list I've put together.
Goal #1 - Be Totally Independent
I already consider myself to be independent, but when I finish Praxis I want to be financially able to live on my own and show that no one needs to worry about me. In addition to this, I want to find my voice and use it intentionally - this plays a huge part in my independence.
Goal #2 - Gain Confidence In My Skills
I want to say I can do something and prove it without first doubting. I know Praxis is going to give me opportunities to gain experience, but Praxis can't give me confidence. That's something I'll to have to get on my own and with the help of others at times. I'm not totally sure the best way to approach achieving this goal but with time I believe it'll come.
Goal #3 - Have Healthy Money Habits
I've seen what unhealthy money habits can do to someone. I know for a fact I don't want to go down that road. Someone once told me that the only way to be truly free is to be financially free. I'm not sure I would agree with that 100%, but I think there is some truth to it. I don't want to be the kind of person that spends money uselessly, but I also don't want to be selfish with my money. (In both scenarios money is the holder of your life.) I want to find a good balance - I think the freedom lies in there.
Anti-Goal #1 - Get The Wrong Job
I don't want to end up with a job that fails to compliment my skills and personality. Even if I get a job doing something creative (which is ideal) I don't want to be in a situation with a poor boss or poor coworkers. I don't need a job that's glamorous, just not something harmful.
Anti-Goal #2 - Be Too Distracted
For the duration of the program, I want to make sure to always go above and beyond. I want to be the person that always gave 110% and always went the extra mile. If it turns out I walk away from the program knowing I didn't try my hardest, I'll feel like a failure and I don't want to carry that guilt. Petty distractions should never become a struggle for me.
Anti-Goal #3 - Neglect Others
I've always been the type to "go it alone" and sometimes it's difficult for me to take advice - I hate to admit it. But I don't want to become so consumed with myself I forget to accept the help of others, I also don't want to fail in helping them back. Whether it be my fellow Praxians, advisors, or mentors.
All of this to say it's exciting to finally start the program, I'm looking forward to discovering where I'll be in a year.