Know where you want to go in life

Having a clear vision of where you want to be in life is one of the best ways to get there.

Do you know where you want to be in five years? ten years? twenty years?  Do you have a clear vision of what you will be doing, where you will be living, what your life to be like in the future?

For many years of my life I not only struggled with this question, I avoided it like the plague.  When I was asked what to say when asked during a job interview “where do you see yourself in five years? ten years? twenty years I would joking reply “I am not going to say I see myself retiring from your company on the money I embezzled from your customers.”

You might also find the question of where do you see yourself in 20, 10, 5 or even 1 year from now to be a difficult question to answer.  However, it is a question you should spend some time contemplating.

Because I was unable to answer that question years ago, I spent many years drifting through life with no real direction.  This drifting has resulted in me looking back at the year I wasted in life because I had no real idea of where I wanted to be or was going in life.

For some people, answering the question of where they see themselves in 20, 10, or 5 years from now is easy.  They could probably describe to you what their future work cubicle will look like, their future job title, what type of car they are driving (including color and the additional features they purchased) and even describe their future spouse and children, including hair and ye color and their names – not to mention the name of the family dog and what street they will be living on.

These people can do this because they have a clear vision of what they see their future to be.  But I am willing to bet that for most of them their vision of the future did not just come to them quickly.  More than likely they put a lot of time, thought and effort into their vision of their future.

I used to call these people “over achievers” and “weird”.  You might have done or are doing the same.  But they are the smart people – they are the people who will probably go further in life than people who cannot answer the question of where they see themselves in the future.

Once I began to take the time needed to properly answer the question of where I saw myself in my future, I came up with real answers to the question of where I want to be in 5, 10 and 20 years.

I know that in five years I want to see all our debt gone – in particular my wife’s student loan paid off and I want to see us with at least one new car.  Ten years from now I would like to see my business, #DefineYourself, be our main source of income so my wife can retire and work full time for me.  In twenty years, I want to be able to step down as CEO of #DefineYourself and work part time while enjoying life with my wife.

Armed with a clear vision of my future, I started to see a change in my life

I no longer go through life drifting in hopes of getting somewhere and praying for accidental success in my endeavors.  I now wake up each morning with a purpose and a goal pre-set for me by me.  I am working for a reason and I am aiming for something bigger than myself.  With this direction in life I am happier, and I am more confident that I will succeed that I was ever before in my life.