what are your secret goals?

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I have a secret passion for acting. I have loved it throughout my life and acting has given me some of the happiest and most memorable moments of my life. But if you took a look at my goals, you probably wouldn't even know this. I down-played my love to "I appear in a movie as an extra" for a one-year goal. Most people are like "Wow, that’s cool", but honestly, it is a copout.

What goes up must come down. We often think of this simple phrase in a rather negative light. Greatness will lead to failure, strength will collapse to weakness. Climb a mountain and you will need to climb back down (or live on the top as a hermit).

Ups and downs are inevitable in life but we try our damnedest to fight against this. Why?

Fear drives us to not act in case we fail. But aren’t we 'failing' if we don't act either, or even more so, because if we gave it our all and 'failed' would that not be more of a success than nothing at all? When you risk it all and give it all you've got, you'll end up with a lot either way.

When I realised this fact I took a look around and asked myself "What am I waiting for?!"

I think a lot of us have secret goals we are scared to pursue or even declare out loud!

Now that I am present to all of this, I feel a sense of power to go out and give it my all. Instead of those old fears running through my head, I have a new motto: "Play hard. Risk it all!"

My new goal now is already in motion: I move to Vancouver, sign up with an agency and I will be an extra in movies and for television, every week, any opportunity that comes my way! I want it! And I am going to get it.

Do you have any goals that are a little timid and might be covering up some unsaid fears? Be honest with yourself, then just go for it already! Play hard and live an ambitious life.

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I was on Facebook today and noticed a contest by Lululemon for women between 38-39 years of age. There were no details about the contest other than the chance to win $500. So I applied. Upon completing the application, I immediately realized that I had become subscribed to a horoscope service with an enrollment charge of $5 and a $5 a week subscription charge. I am appalled that a company so fixated on values would lure people into such a useless subscription. Like I said there was no indication of any service until after I completed my entry. Really, I must really question my continued loyalty to this company. A very disappointed Lululemon customer.

Comment by Claire — August 6, 2009 @ 8:21 pm

Hi Claire,

thank you for writing. We are aware of the contest you’ve described and it has NOTHING to do with lululemon. We are working hard to have these misleading ads removed from Facebook as quickly as possible and to get the word out to others that it is a scam. Please see the post on our facebook wall about this for more information:


Comment by Facebook User — August 6, 2009 @ 9:53 pm


I love this! Putting your goals out there can be scary – you’ve inspired me and I’m sure many other people reading to take a risk and see what happens.

p.s. love the photo too – wow!!

Comment by Facebook User — August 6, 2009 @ 10:00 pm

I love that you put your goals out there so visibly. I hope someone reads this post and is able to connect you one step closer to your goal!

Ps: “Play hard! Risk it all!” is an amazing motto to live by!

Comment by Carolyn — August 6, 2009 @ 10:39 pm

I love this post. So many people are afraid to really scare themselves with their own goals. I run several marathons a year and have been inspired by such people as Dean Karnazes, Ray Zahab and Terry Fox and to try and reach theri level of accomplishment requires some pretty extreme commitment. I have become more co0mfortable with setting goals that really push me that extra bit, but its hard to share them with others because they just think I am crazy. I know that no matter how crazy anything sounds, the limitations of the human body and spirit are far greater than most of us ever give ourselves credit for.

Comment by Brian — August 7, 2009 @ 2:49 am

My goal is to become a personal trainer and start my own business providing one-on-one or small groups an affordable but fun and challenging fitness arena. I have taken the 1st step and ordered my PT cert books today.

Comment by Lisa — August 7, 2009 @ 5:02 am

Very inspiring, Jenna. I wish you the best of luck in Vancouver!

Comment by Billie — August 7, 2009 @ 2:27 pm

You know what’s funny? I just read this blog of mine and I inspired myself! HA HA I totally forgot about it
It’s so important to revist your goals and your intent for that very reason, it can be easy to let them fall to the way side!

Brian -i know what you mean about people thinking you are crazy for those big goals! I have a HUGE goal to be a best selling author in romance and/or fantasy, I get a lot of weird looks for that one but who cares I know I want it!

Lisa -that’s awesome you took the first step! That’s what it is all about, what you are going to do in this moment to achieve your goals!

Best of luck to you both and thank you for declaring your goals with me!!

Comment by Jenna — August 7, 2009 @ 5:43 pm

Super inspiring and made me really think. I’ve been goal setting consistently for two years now and there is one secret goal I was always hesitant to declare and guess what? It’s one of the only ones I have reached yet! So thanks for keeping us accountable :)

Comment by Kirsten Hansen — August 9, 2009 @ 10:17 am

So inspiring! Best of luck, and never give up on your dreams!!!

Comment by Tori Allen — August 24, 2009 @ 12:22 pm

Secretly I always wanted to be a runner. I envied people who would go out for a 5 mile run on a regular basis. Through the years, I would try running, struggle with a few miles and decide I just wasn’t a runner. Now, I have 3 kids (ages 5,2,and 1). After my middle daughter was born, I tried to actually learn how to run. At that time I ran my first 5k. Then my thrid child came along and I decided not to let that impact my goal. I continued to run regularly after she was born 15 months ago. Last week I completed my first 10 mile race. In October and in February I am signed up to do Half Marathons. I finally see myself as someone who can run. I learned that it wasn’t that I couldn’t before, I just had not put the consistent commitment into it. It has been a very learning experience for me. And, deep down, I am tickled that I can do something I have always wanted to be able to do!!

Comment by Susan — September 5, 2010 @ 4:00 am

Love that story Susan!
I can definitely relate to that and feeling like I’m ‘not’ a runner but secretly wanting to be one. So wonderful to hear you kept at it even though it was hard to begin with. That’s a really neat idea of learning to run to get you into it. Thanks for the inspiration for all of us ‘non’ runners.

Comment by Jenna ~ GEC Online Community — September 5, 2010 @ 12:01 pm

Thank you for sharing this! It was written over a year ago, but showed up on Twitter at the most poignant moment for me. I was convinced I could not manage the triathlon I had registered for. The combination of this post, plus some very supportive friends and family, helped me realise that I might try anyway.

I did try, and completed my first triathlon yesterday – in Stanley Park, Vancouver. It was a truly amazing experience! Thank you for helping me get out there and give it a go.

Comment by Janice — September 7, 2010 @ 10:33 pm

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