Where do you see yourself five years from now? A daunting question that no one likes thinking about.
I must have been 17 years old when someone first asked me this. At the time, I answered like any other teenager “having my own car, my own place, my own money.” And while those answers may have been okay back then, as an adult that simply doesn’t cut it.
Luckily, I’m a lot less intimidated by this question than I used to be. And while I don’t exactly have it all figured out, I have a much better understanding about where I want to be 5, 10 or even 15 years from now.
I’ve often had people tell me that they like living in the moment, and in a way I guess it makes sense.
It’s certainly a lot easier and quite frankly more rewarding (at least for the time being), to just focus on the present. So why even bother thinking about the future?
While I’m not opposed to the idea of being spontaneous and taking time off to do the things that make you happy, this shouldn’t be your only focus.
The only thing worst than not having a plan or an idea about where you want to go, or what you want to do, is not thinking about it at all. It’s that “it is what it is” attitude that disconcerts me.
Because let’s face it, in reality it’s not what it is, it’s what you make of it.
You need to have a Plan A, a Plan B and sometimes even a Plan C.
And while it’s true that planning doesn’t guarantee success, it certainly does help keep your priorities in check.
Don’t be afraid to ask yourself where do you want to be x years from now. Don’t be afraid to dream big, and dream often.
Logically, there will be bumps along the road, and if you want to get really metaphorical… there will be rainstorms, road blocks and maybe even a few dead ends.
But that does not mean you give up.
There’s always a back road. As long as you know your destination, you’re never truly lost.