One nice part about life is how many do-overs you get, on everything from your love life to your hair color. Tomorrow I get my first Tallahassee Do-Over, where I start a new full-time job that sounds like a great match. But like relationships, good jobs don’t happen on their own; they take work, commitment, and intentionality.
Three years ago I set goals for myself in an MFA program, and two years later was pleasantly surprised to discover that the goals had leafed out and borne fruit. So I won’t memorize the following goals, but I’m going to plant them and see how they flower.
- Learn everything I can about my responsibilities
- Leave a good impression on as many people as possible
- Give my best on every project and endeavor
- Help my organization move forward in its goals
- Leave some room for my personal life (spouse, person of faith, writer, gardener)
- Make someone smile every day
- Add something new to the work equation
That last goal is a wildcard that stands for that extra something we all have to offer every part of our lives. In my spiritual life, my wildcard is the chocolate pecan pie I bake for special events and bake sales; as a gardener, it’s my knowledge of miniature and other special roses; as a writer, it’s… it’s… my; special; affection; for; semicolons?
I don’t know what my wildcard is for this job… but I look forward to turning it over and seeing what it tells me.