In order to have a great journey, you need to know what you want. Now that you have written down some goals for yourself, take a bit of time to review them.
Have you written it down yet?
If you have not written down your aspirations yet, now is the time. You will lead an aimless life if you do not have some goals. A few minutes of planning could shift the direction you take. It’s worth it.
Some people seem to know exactly what they want all the time. Maybe that's you and writing a list was easy. For most people, however, we just live from day-to-day just hoping that we will move in a positive direction. Unfortunately, if you do not have goals then you will end up being a victim of other people's choices.
This course will help you shape your future, but first here are some more questions to consider about your list:
What is your purpose?
There is a part of us that desires to be significant and to contribute to something greater than ourselves. If you are religious, then maybe you find purpose in spiritual goals. Whatever your background, think about what brings MEANING to your life. Some of your aspirations should be aligned to this.
What makes your happy?
Everyone is different. What are the things that feed your soul? What makes you feel happy, fulfilled and energized? These things should be a big part of your life and aspirations.
What are you good at?
While we may have dreams, we also have things that we are good at and other things that we are not good at. If you were a very slow runner, it would be unproductive to plan your life around becoming an Olympic athlete. Your strengths are an important part of your journey (we will look at that later).
By now, you may be looking at your list and adding things or taking things away. We hope that you are getting a clearer picture of who you are and what you want for your life. Think about the quote below:
A helpful exercise:
If you still want to explore your list a bit more, ask yourself these three questions:
By listing things here (even if they are fantasies and completely unrealistic), you will get a better idea of yourself. For example, someone once told me that with unlimited time they would like to have a conversation with everyone on planet earth. Now this is impossible, but gives a clue as to the things that they value and enjoy. Another person would think of nothing worse than this.
By now, you may have an idea of where you would like your journey to go. In the next reading, we will explore this further.