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Go for what you want

Sara Lingafelter
Sara Lingafelter
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The most important lesson I learned this year:

Be prepared, and go for what you want, because nobody is going to just walk up to you and say:

‘Oh my gosh!  You are amazing!  Here, let’s make you a Vice President just because you’re you!’

That juicy little roughly paraphrased nugget of life lesson is courtesy of an incredibly kickass woman named Julia I met at the OIWC board retreat earlier this fall.

I took that advice to heart immediately.  I find myself — surprisingly often — sitting back and waiting for opportunities to come to me even though I do make my fair share happen through my own initiative.  Since internalizing Julia’s life lesson, I’ve found myself asking more, actively pursuing opportunities in a less reserved way, and sometimes, even, tooting my own horn just a tiny bit.  I’ve found myself negotiating instead of always wearing my avoid-conflict-at-all-costs hat.  And, I’ve rediscovered something I already knew about myself:  that I am not at all phased by rejection; and am far more interested in not missing opportunities.  

So, as you plan your New Year’s resolutions, keep this one in mind.  Go for what you want, and you’re far more likely to get it.  


Sara Lingafelter

Sara (Grace) Lingafelter takes steps forward and backward toward a right-sized life on a daily basis.