Wednesday, July 14, 2010

A Roadmap to the Future

Yesterday the question was, “How will you use your life?”

Try this exercise: Spend some time simply contemplating, “In 5 or 10 years, if my life is what I want it to be, what will it be like?” Get your thoughts down on paper.

Think in terms of your physical life (your body and health), work, spiritual life, friends and family, hobbies and recreational activities, and any other area of life you’d like to consider.

Then, think about where your life is now in those areas.

The exercise works better if, after you get your thoughts down on paper, you take another couple of sheets and draw simple line graphs. Put the now stuff on the left side and the future stuff on the right side and put some relative distance between them to show how little or a lot you’ll have to move to get to the desired future.

Got it?

Essentially, what you have now is the first stage of a map of your future. It’s hard to get somewhere if you don’t know where you are going. And a tangible roadmap works better than something you see in your mind.

An extraordinary number of people live day-to-day and can’t understand why their lives are not as they would want. While there are lots of reasons, the basic one is that they dreamed of a different, better future but didn’t plan for it.

Where are you going?

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