During the next two weeks, we will be hearing that word a lot because of the Olympics. Soccer, basketball, water polo, and other sports depend on making goals in order to win.
But, we can also make goals in our personal and professional life. Do you set goals for your writing, or do you just hope everything lines with the stars and wish for the best?
Many people wouldn't think of taking on any endeavor without a plan and a goal written down. Others like to stray off path and see where it takes them.
Here is a definition of 'goal' from Wikipedia.
A goal is a desired result that a person or a system envisions, plans and commits to achieve: a personal or organizational desired end-point in some sort of assumed development. Many people endeavor to reach goals within a finite time by setting deadlines.
However, much to our chagrin, sometimes our goals change. This could be referred to as 'serendipity'.
A "fortunate happenstance" or "pleasant surprise". We either embrace this occurrence or fight tooth and nail to turn things back around to our original goal. That fight response can be both exhausting and debilitating. Many people just throw up their hands and give up.
How about the next time serendipity occurs in your life, embrace it. Accept it. Adjust your goals. Who knows, it may turn out to be the best thing you ever did.