Goals are great. They really are. Well, unless you don’t have drive, ambition or motivation… then goals may be not so great. I’m sure you’ve read that you should always set goals that are attainable and I think that’s a really wise statement. A while back, both Nicole and I set a goal for ourselves to help ensure that we’re growing as people and as photographers. Our goal is quite simple really. Each year, we must both visit a new country. It doesn’t matter where on the planet the country is but as soon as a new calendar year begins, the goal is reset. Last year, I was lucky enough to double my goal by visiting Germany and Japan. The year prior were Cambodia and Australia.
Tomorrow, I kick off a journey that will double my goal again by visiting both Iceland and Norway. I’m hoping to triple the goal later in the year with Croatia but those plans are still simmering in the pot. Still, it’s little goals like these that I feel bring tangible and enduring results along with real satisfaction when met. It doesn’t necessarily have to do with travel per se, but setting a clear path and knowing what your checkmarks are for growth can make a huge difference.
I’d be interested to know what goals you’ve set for yourselves as you pursue photography… or any other aspect of life.