A great quote by the incredible Jim Rohn goes like this: In five years you are going to arrive. The question is "where?"
This is an incredibly powerful quote and question because it is terse and evocative. Oftentimes, we don't know where we are headed. We do good things each day (or most days) but just because we do good things does NOT mean we will end up in a good place, and more importantly, where we want to be.
Design your own life
We need to be conscious about our lives and plans in order to make sure we know (a) where we want to end up, and (b) how to plan our future very specifically. Our plans need to be measurable and have a time attached to them. Now, this has nothing to do with the means to get somewhere. It is merely the ends of where we want to be. Once we have the end in mind, then and only then should we design the means. Otherwise, we could end up doing good things but ending up somewhere we don't particularly want to be at. Do not fool yourself. Every day of your life you meet with people who do good things, yet they know they are not the right things. Walk away from the crowd that does not design their own life.
Questions on planning the future
And remember, in 5 years you are going to arrive, whether you define the results or someone else does for you. So RIGHT NOW ask yourself:
In 5 years will I arrive somewhere? (A simple yes or no will do.)
- Where am I headed?
- Am I okay with that?
- What can I do about it?
Answer these questions right now. If you don't have the ability to save it then write it in the comment and pick it up another time. Or e-mail it to yourself. The most important thing to do is anything. Your 5 years from now begins NOW.