Where will you be in 5 years? Do your choices determine your Destination?
“We all have two choices: We can make a living or we can design a life.”
Each day we’re faced with a boatload of choices — from the mundane, to more weighty ones of career and finances. The individual we become is defined by the choices we make over the years of our life. Choices are the building blocks that shape our lives. The purpose of this article is not to get you to question every choice you make; but to start looking at life from where you want to be in the future. What you do today, will result in the person you will become in the future.
What should be your first step? If you haven’t defined where you want to be, your circumstances will! How are you being defined? By the circumstances that you let control day by day or by the choices that are purposeful and provide direction for the steps you take.
To be purposeful, take the time to define your plan with as much detail as possible. The more definition, the clearer your path will be. As you write out the definition of your “where” (really, I’m talking pen to paper), you need to be specific. This is a process, your first attempt will need to be refined over time and I recommend that you review it often and update it frequently. This will always be a work in progress – course corrections will be needed frequently.
Now you have a clearly defined “where.” The process continues with your focus on the immediate. What do you need to do, to get you where you’ve dreamt of being in the next five to ten years?
Ask yourself, what am I doing currently that does not fit with where I want to be? At this point you need to be brutally honest with yourself. Create a list of the things that you are doing on a daily and weekly basis — what is taking up your time? Once you have your list of activities and tasks, compare it with those activities that will assist you on the path to your dream.
The choices we make accumulate over the span of our life, define who you are and what you are and will become. The result can be exceptional or it can be less than what you dreamed of many years ago. The author and speaker, John Maxwell said it this way:
“Everything you now do is something you have chosen to do. Some people don’t want to believe that. However if you’re over age twenty-one, your life is what you’re making of it. To change your life, you need to change your priorities.”
What if you had kept a journal of your “Daily Task List” for the last five years? How would that look? It would reveal the summation of those activities that got you where you are today. It would expose the activities that yielded your successes and failures.
“You are today where your thoughts have brought you; you will be tomorrow where your thoughts take you” James Allen
If you need to change your thoughts and actions — your task list will have to look somewhat different than it does now. If you want to change the destination of your life, you’ll need to start making different choices and doing tasks today!