when you have no destination

Fouj's balancing act

Above is Foujan sharing her current BHAG - to become proficient in HTML by December 2009. See her discovery and where she ended up!

If you have no destination, you'll likely end up someplace else.

It's been almost a year now, and when I look back on the person I was then, and the person I am now... I'm amazed. I came out of university with little direction, but I knew a few things: I wanted to take a year off and find myself, I wanted to discover whether or not I truly loved science (as that was what I studied through university) and if I'd miss it in my year off, and I knew that I wanted to do all of this steps from the Pacific Ocean. I enrolled in an art program, got my student visa, packed my belongings in two suitcases, and moved to Los Angeles. I had little money, no job prospects, just this huge idea that somehow, someway, I'd find myself - and I was absolutely convinced it would happen on the shore of the Pacific, perhaps in meditation or in a completely combustible "a-ha" moment.

It didn't.

And it wasn't until a few months of being back in the suburbs of Toronto that I realized why. I went to LA with no idea of what I actually wanted. I came back a bit disheartened, slightly disenchanted, and in complete denial. But how could I know where I was going, if I had no intended destination? If we have no destination, we're bound to end up someplace else, aren't we?

After months of failed job searching, I applied to lululemon and met Diana: the assistant manager who would change my views about the retail industry. Here's a girl with an awesome education, intelligence, creativity, and a whole lot of heart - and she works at lululemon athletica Vaughan Mills. I was intrigued. I soon had my first goal coaching session with Elise; a spunky, health-conscious manager who oozed amazing leadership qualities. I learned about the hedgehog concept, discussed what I was passionate about, and wrote everything down.

Here I am today; I never "found" myself on the shores of the Pacific, but setting goals and writing them down changed the way I see myself and the control I have over my future.

The recipe for success isn't a difficult one: add one part goal-setting (http://goals.lululemon.com), one part genuine willingness to achieve these goals, and eight parts passion for everything you're trying to achieve. It takes the simple belief in yourself to know that you are worthy of your goals, and your goals worthy of you. And though we may not always achieve every goal, working towards something is an achievement in and of itself.


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Another fantastic post from the famous Ms. Foujan! lululemon changed the way I understood retail too. Come back to the Pacific coast and we can have a coffee date and share goals! :)

Comment by Elissa Joy — October 5, 2009 @ 3:55 pm

Great post which brings the lululemon goal setting philosophy to life. In my business as a personal trainer and cycling coach, the amazing thing I witness is how when people set goals, and begin achieving them, for example by completing a bike race, it echo’s as success in many other areas of their life (career, family, etc). Thanks!

Comment by Jason Bond — October 5, 2009 @ 5:18 pm

Elise is one of the most powerful people I know when it comes to enrolling people in goal coaching! I’m here today because of the direction the stores gave me :)

Comment by Sheena — October 5, 2009 @ 8:51 pm

I love this post! I just scanned over the posts on the blog and this stood out to me. Until I made a decision about what I wanted, wrote the goals down and continue to go over those goals regularly, my life didn’t change.

I’ll definitely check out lululemon’s goaltender.

Can’t wait to read more from you!

Comment by Anne — October 8, 2009 @ 12:41 pm

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