Purposeful Intentions

Written By: Diana El-Koubysi

January 3, 2017

“If you aim at nothing, you are sure to hit it.” When I saw this quote for the first time on a classroom poster, it spoke to me. I was at a point when I needed to make some important decisions regarding my future, but nothing was working out how I had planned. I thought that I had set my goals too high and I was ready to give up and settle for whatever came my way. When I saw this quote, it reminded me of one of my favorite bible verses. l Corinthians 9:24, “Do you now know that those who run in a race all run, but one receives the prize? Run in such a way that you may obtain it.” This bible verse has always motivated me and this quote did the same.
I consider myself to be a goal oriented person. In general, I have high expectations for myself and I am driven to do the best I can at any project, job, or class that I am challenged with. That’s not a trait that is seen in a majority of people today. I am glad my parents raised me to have this value. I interpret this quote as guiding an individual to always have a goal in mind with all endeavors. You shouldn’t just “go with the flow” and see where you end up. Although I do believe that God has a plan for me, I also believe that one needs to take initiative in their own life as well.
Something that’s been a struggle for me this year has been getting the score I need on the ACT so that I’ll be able to attend my college of first choice. I knew I was going to have to take the test more than once, but after I took it the second time I was ready to give up. I could not envision myself attaining the score I needed. I gave up faith and saw no point in trying again, but then I thought and prayed on it. I realized that if I gave up and didn’t make another attempt at improvement then I’d definitely never be able to obtain the level of merit based scholarships that would be needed to attend my most desired choice of colleges. I took extra tutoring, purchased test technique books and took online practice tests. I have now retaken the test twice. I have not yet received the score from the latest test. Even if I don’t earn the score need at least I’ll know I did the best I could, and I am a stronger person than I was before.
This quote made me rethink my decision to settle for less. It inspired me to put more effort into achieving my goal of attending my dream college. Now I believe that I should always plan my life goals and the strategies to achieve them. I should always stick to them, whether it be spiritual goals, educational goals, or life goals. Because if I don’t set any goals for myself, and I’m not aiming at anything, then I won’t get anywhere. I’m grateful I saw this quote when I did because it encouraged me to try harder.