I have always been a planner, and I’m usually pretty proactive in pursuing my plan.
By the time I graduated from high school, I knew I wanted to live in another country, so I pursued a major I believed would allow me to function in that country – a major in Spanish with a minor in French. Before long I realized that I would be equipped to communicate but not to earn a living, so I continued my education with a master’s degree in teaching English as a second language; I would now be paid by organizations to live in other countries.
Pursuing a dream
Upon graduation, I eventually obtained a job in my field in my hometown, but I still had my sights on teaching abroad. I explored a couple of different opportunities before I accepted a position teaching in South Korea.
By the age of 29, I had achieved my goal of living overseas!
But what was next?
A new direction
For a number of years in Korea, I drifted from one job to another, simply following the opportunities that presented themselves without any intention behind it. I was fortunate that my drifting brought me to a job that introduced me to my teaching niche – helping professionals improve their communication skills in order to increase their effectiveness.
When I eventually left that position, I wondered how I could continue meeting the needs of international professionals. I started thinking about teaching online, and this gave me a new sense of purpose, a new direction to travel in.
Pursuit of a new dream
I got to work immediately! I obtained a teaching position that allowed me to continue working with the same demographic – adult professionals who want to improve their effectiveness in communicating in professional settings.
I next completed a certificate in online teaching and later enrolled in a graduate program that allowed me to learn both video production and designing an online learning environment.
I was building the skill-set I needed to accomplish my plan.
As I moved toward my goals, my vision expanded. I observed that the communication skills I was honing in myself and teaching my classes were needed by a much larger audience. Then I discovered the joy and power of blogging.
Today I am intentionally pursuing this larger goal, of helping the world communicate better, especially in situations where there is disagreement and conflict. I continue to hone my own skills while sharing my experiences and my learnings.
C. S. Lewis is quoted as saying, “You are never to old to set a new goal or to dream a new dream.” What are you dreaming for your life today? What intentional steps are you taking in the direction of your dreams?
More details about my early pursuit: What does it take to achieve a dream?