Just Jennifer: What’s Your Goal?

Yesterday I was watching a soccer game between FC Barcelona and Valencia CF. Barcelona is my favorite team of all time; it has some of the best players in the world, the best being (in my opinion), Argentina’s Lionel Messi. As we were watching the game, my hubby said something that stuck with me. He said, “The goal of FC Barcelona is to ensure that Messi scores a goal.” It was interesting to me that an entire team would work together so cohesively to make sure that their best player would score each game.

It is the reason why FC Barcelona functions. It is the reason why the team has legions of fans worldwide. It is the reason it exists.

It is the goal.

It made me think about the reason why we do things — or why we don’t. While scoring brilliant goals like Messi may not be your reason for getting up in the morning, something should be. And it should be beyond the mundane, like earning a paycheck or getting your kids to school on time. It should be something that gets your blood going, something that puts a pep in your step.

It should be something that ties into your true purpose. After all, you’re not here simply to exist. You’re here to live.

But you do need to earn a paycheck. And yes, your kids do need to get to school on time—and you have to get to work on time, too. That shouldn’t stop you from pursuing your goals, though. Figure out what makes you happy, and find a way to incorporate it into your every day life. You may decide to ditch the day job and pursue it professionally. Or you might decide that you’re happy keeping it as a hobby.

The point is, do what you love.

Do it a lot.

Don’t apologize for it.

Your goal every day should be to move forward. Even if you have to crawl, or if you feel that you’re not getting anywhere, keep going. You owe it to yourself, your family and your friends to be a happy person.

You owe it to the world.

So make happiness your goal. In little ways and in big ways. Slowly but surely, you will see your world shifting. Things will start aligning in ways that previously wouldn’t have been possible. Your happiness will become contagious. You will inspire others.

Keep in mind, though, that you will be in perpetual pursuit of happiness. You will have the chance to be happy every single day of your life—or not.

It’s up to you. After all, happiness is always your choice. It is your goal in life.

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