Achieving Goals


Dear Travel Agents,

Let’s talk about goals.

Success is about setting goals and achieving them, and once we get there, we celebrate and …..

Well, allow me to tell you about my personal goals. Since the time I was a little child in Brazil from a very simple background, I dreamed of visiting 75 countries. At that time, I had not even imagined going to live in the US, but I always nurtured this dream. Why 75? Probably because that was the total number of safe countries I could think of in the entire world, back in the late 70s when I was 18.

Fast forward – I am in Australia, celebrating my 75th country, and going to New Zealand – number 76.

So what is next? Should I “retire” and live happily ever after, or should I set another goal? If I set another goal, what does that say about me? That I am never happy?

Interesting thoughts, especially if we apply them to all other kinds of goals in life. Then what?

In my case, I have decided to set other goals and visit 120 countries, including Antarctica, (then having traveled on 7 continents). I’ll plan these trips better, because I have so much experience from achieving my first goal. I am more mature, and am treating myself in a more kind way. All this comes from experience and age, for sure.

I googled how many countries there are in the world NOW. According to my search: “There are 195 countries in the world today. This total comprises 193 countries that are member states of the United Nations and 2 countries that are non-member observer states: the Holy See and the State of Palestine.” Politics aside, most websites agree with these numbers. However, some countries are unsafe, so that limits me a lot in achieving my next goal.

Fortunately, I found one website that says there are 247 countries in the world, because it counts every single island, even Twain, and others.

It will be my choice to decide how I will achieve my new goal. After all, it is my goal and if I do it, it will be my way.

How about you? Are you working on achieving your goals?

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