Let’s exercise a little forethought. Whether you want to answer this publicly or just to yourself, I always find it useful to consider a “five-year plan,” if you will. Don’t know where to start? Here are some questions/tips to get the juices flowing:
- Where are you at now? For example, consider your place in school, work, or life in general.
- Ideally – and I mean shoot for the stars – what’s your ultimate goal. Don’t say “Oh, I can’t do that.” Really, think about what you want to do.
- Visualize the steps to get there. I’m always reminded of the words of Helmut Schmidt, a German politician a professor of mine once referenced in passing. He once famously said, “Whoever wants to reach a distant goal must take small steps.” Whether it be politics or starting a family, the core idea remains true. See the steps in front of you.
- What do you need to do to initiate those steps? Does the first one require planning or just the confidence to move forward?
- Take a dive. Not to overindulge in personal anecdotes, but I can’t help but to mention how as a child I would, at the lament of my father, run and jump into the deep end of swimming pools, despite my not knowing how to swim. Well, I learned (not without a few rescues in the beginning).
These things considered, where do you see yourself in 5 years?