Goal Setting with Moana

This past week I had some time given to me to think about goal setting. Let me explain why I had time to think about it. I took my exam to become licensed in the state of Texas as a Master Level Social Worker, however, I missed passing it by one point. I got a 99 and needed 100 to pass. You heard it right — one more question answered right and I would have passed. Needless to say I was devastated. I came home and cried for a little under 2 hours. Once the initial mourning had passed this led me to thinking about my goals because this has been the ultimate goal of mine for the past 2 years. This goal has now been delayed and I have to wait another 3 months to take the test again. So same goal but different time line now.

Now lets draw a parallel from the movie Moana. I bring this movie up because I watched it that night I did not pass my exam. Moana has big goals and dreams — she has to sail across the ocean to find Maui and restore the heart of Te Fiti. Lets watch her first attempt to sail beyond the reef below:

Clearly Moana failed and even had a scar from the experience. Isn’t that interesting how our scars should remind us of our past experiences but not hold us back from trying again. I think too often we get held up on thinking about our scars and how “it hurt” or “it sucked” but I am here to testify that our scars should not hold us back. I am not going to let my fail or my First Attempt In Learning hold me back from trying again. I am also glad to say neither does Moana. Lets watch her second attempt to cross the reef:

Moana crossed the reef! She succeeded, now is her journey smooth sailing from here? No it’s not but nevertheless she has a goal and she remembers it and her identity. She often repeats to herself, “I am Moana of Montinui, You will board my boat, You will sail across the sea and restore the heart of Te Fiti.” It’s important that we always remember who we are and remind ourselves of our goals. Now if you have watched the movie before you know that she finds Maui, they have some troubles and Maui ends up leaving her all alone. What does Moana do from here? I believe she is at her lowest point, but something happens. Lets watch:

Her grandmother reminds her of her purpose. Now as members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints we know that the spirit can help us reach out goals, ancestors can guide us, and the power of Heaven can be called upon to help us. This is exactly what happened to Moana. Moana’s ancestors reminded her of her purpose, her goal, and her identity. Moana then acts and she does so alone. Now I come back to me and failing my test. I know who I am and I know that I have failed, however, I am going to try again. I am going to try as many times as it takes me and I am going to reach my goal with the help of my family and my ancestors and most importantly Heavenly Father. Now for the last video lets watch Moana restore the heart of Te Fiti:

She did it! Ya’ll you don’t know how many times this movie has inspired me but she reached her goal! I just want to review some key things about goal setting:

  1. Remember who you are/ Remember your purpose
  2. Call upon God to help lift and inspire you through his spirit or your ancestors
  3. If you fail remember its just a First Attempt In Learning

I hope these things help you in reaching your goals- especially with the new year around the corner. I will leave you with a quote from Preach My Gospel Chapter 8- How do I Use Time Wisely?

“Goals reflect the desires of our hearts and our vision of what we can accomplish. Through goals and plans, our hopes are transformed into action. Goal setting and planning are acts of faith.”

So go forth and conquer your goals my friends. I know I will with my test again in 3 months. I invite you to think of Moana, pray for help and I promise there are a lot more parallels you can draw from Moana that relate to The Gospel of Jesus Christ. Have a great week!


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