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Unveiling the Essence of Serendipity: redefining goals

“Wait – stop the car!” I shouted. “My picture is blurry.” “Let me get out of the car and retake this picture!”

Three years ago, I found myself on an outing, excited about exploring nature as a change from the confines of my apartment. I spotted a blurry photograph in my camera's viewfinder as we drove through the breathtaking scenery. Determined to capture the perfect picture, we pulled over and braved the pouring rain to chase that elusive shot and make a clear picture.

Out of all the pictures I have from that day, this photograph didn’t seem compelling at first glance and was almost deleted within seconds of making it. In general, we make pictures to capture a moment in time, preserve it for generations to come, or inspire others with real artwork made in pictures. Images should be sharp and clear.

This intriguing picture that turned a flat bay view into a waving painted landscape did something different. It had the magic of revealing an amazing depth and evoking emotions such as disbelief, excitement, surprise, and ‘awe.’ It challenges our assumptions.

My goal was to have a clear bay picture. However, the one with the perfect view suddenly seemed dull, while the blurry one radiated a discovery of a ‘once-in-a-lifetime’ shot. It has been looked at the most, reshared numerous times, and has had reactions gasping with exhilaration.

This extraordinary image, unfiltered and untouched by AI, captured the true essence of a fortunate and unexpected discovery—a serendipity photograph.

And at that moment, I had an epiphany: I realized that the ultimate goal (the perfectly sharp picture) I had been chasing wasn't the endgame I truly desired. I felt much more joy when looking at the serendipity picture. The true fulfillment we seek lies not in specific goals but in the underlying feelings they evoke. Serendipity, often an unplanned and fortunate encounter, can lead us to the most remarkable discoveries. It's a reminder that pursuing our desires goes beyond the defined path; it's about embracing the journey and finding joy in the unexpected.

Here are some tips to help us redefine our goals and uncover the feelings that propel us forward:

1. Reflect on the Why: Dig deep into the motivations behind our original goals. What core feelings or experiences were we seeking to achieve? By understanding these deeper desires, we can redefine our goals to align with the emotions we genuinely seek.

2. Embrace Flexibility: Goals are not set in stone. Be open to adjusting our trajectory and adapting to new insights along the way. Flexibility allows us to evolve and align our actions with our true desires.

3. Trust Your Intuition: Listen to our inner voice and follow our instincts. Our intuition will guide us toward what feels authentic and resonant. Embrace new paths, even if they deviate from our original plan. Sometimes, the unexpected leads to the most rewarding outcomes.

4. Engage in Mindful Self-Reflection: Take time for self-reflection through journaling, meditation, or conversations with trusted mentors. Delve into our desires, values, and aspirations. By tapping into our inner wisdom, we gain clarity on the feelings that light our path and redefine our goals accordingly.

5. Embrace the Journey: Remember that life is about experiences and moments, not just reaching a destination. Stay curious and open-minded. Embrace the twists and turns, as they may reveal profound revelations. Be fully present and engaged, and the true essence of our goals will gradually unfold.

6. Seek Support and Guidance: Surround ourselves with a supportive network of mentors, peers, and friends who can offer guidance and encouragement. Collaborate and connect with others to gain fresh perspectives on redefining our goals.

In pursuing fulfillment, it's not the specific goals that matter most—it's the underlying feelings we truly desire. By redefining our goals based on these emotions, we align our actions with our true purpose.

May serendipity grace your path, opening doors to unforeseen opportunities and inspiring remarkable ideas.

Wishing you a journey filled with serendipitous moments,



We all get stuck sometimes in a vicious circle that shifts our focus away from our passion, and often, we don’t even realize what prevents us from moving forward. Through thought-provoking questions, in a safe and non-judgmental environment, I will invite you to walk the path to come to a decision that is 100% yours so you can be entirely at peace with the consequences. As a professional coach, I invite you to take a seat at my table. Reaching out is the first step to success and achieving your aspirations.

I am a lifestyle expat, a highly conscious female business leader, and a professional ICF-certified coach who invites you to overcome any challenges you encounter, in a way that aligns with your core values.

Please feel free to get in touch with me.


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