One of the most important activities we take for granted or don’t aggressively challenge ourselves, is personal goal setting. On a piece of paper, write down your goals for your life. Don’t just include business goals; include community and family as well. They all interact. Life is not one- dimensional. I know this sounds somewhat philosophical. However, it’s a good time to re-connect with yourself to reconfirm if you are still centered on the right things.
With hectic work and life styles, we sometimes forget why we are doing what we are doing. It is certainly more than working to pay the bills. You should always be questioning and reconfirming your goals.
- Where do you want to be in 5 years, ten years?
- What career path?
- What is the perfect job for you?
- If you didn’t do what you currently do, what would you do?
- What do you want to do for your community, your church, etc.?
- What are you financial desires?
- Family aspirations?
- What do you want to be remembered for?
The questions are yours. The answers are priceless. This is a critical step within iBRAND.
Once you have this outline, write down your educational strengths and weaknesses. Do the same with your experiences and insight. What is missing to get you where you need to go? Where are the gaps? Highlight the additional education, experience and insight you need to help you achieve your goals. Then build a plan to fulfill your personal brands extraordinary potential. Most importantly, it’s all about relevance. Develop your plan with your targeted audience in mind.
- What do you want to achieve?
- What do you want from your life?
- What are your dreams?
Yogi Berra said it best, “If you don’t know where you’re going, you might end up somewhere else.” Think of your life as if you are taking a road trip. To reach your desired destination, you must plan, prepare, take the proper steps and risks to get there. Without a map, how will you know where you are going? Everyone has a different means of travel, whether it’s bus, train, plane or car. It might take you longer than the next person, but the end result is you arrive at your desired destination.
Think in terms of your life plan. Are you equipped with the tools, guidance, support and education to reach your goals? Take inventory of your current situation. Are you happy with where you are? If not, what’s holding you back? Do you know what you want to do? Do you know what is required of you in order to make it happen? Without a clear direction and destination in mind, you’d be driving aimlessly.
Sometimes things happen in life that we don’t expect and we hit a road block. We get derailed and lose sight of where we are going. We are forced to take a detour to get back on track to reach our destination. Nothing ever goes according to plan, but the more prepared you are, the easier it is to forge ahead!
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