“My past may explain me, but it does not define me” could be Natasha’s motto for life. The Black Widow, aka Natasha Romanoff, weeps no tears over changing circumstances. Her capabilities and skill are highly sought out by Nick Fury and other interested parties because once she accepts an assignment, nothing will stop her from using any means necessary to accomplishing that mission. BHAG’s (Big Hairy Audacious Goals) are merely challenges that build up from past accomplishments, and are nothing of which to be afraid. Did you see her go undercover in Iron Man 2 and take down Happy?
While the Avengers respect Natasha’s talents, others may overlook her as she quietly works behind the scenes gathering information and putting facts together to predict what the enemy’s next moves. Loki underestimates her to his great detriment. She is a leader in her own right, able to cut to the bottom line and keep things uncomplicated.
While being unafraid of hard work is quite admirable, none of us should make our lives about our work. Our work should be one part of our lives. There will come a day when Natasha will no longer be able to carry out her present duties and we are left to wonder if she has a long-term ideal in her mind and heart. What will her purpose be then if not as a super spy?
If you had a BHAG mapped out for yourself, you can count all the hard work day-to-day towards that goal. How might your days feel if you knew that each day brought you closer to your “ideal day” that included important details in the areas of finance and career that support your home and family/friend relationships and give you emotional margin and intellectual challenges?
Will you be brave enough to put your greatest hopes to paper and get busy working towards them?