Maybe you want to be an extraordinary sales person. Maybe you want to head an IT department, maybe you want to be everyone’s favorite airline attendant. Before rushing headlong in pursuit of your ambition, make sure it’s something you would actually be happy doing.
Assess your strengths
To help you clarify whether or not this thing you want to do is actually something you can excel at, and something you’ll enjoy doing long term, you should start by asking yourself a few questions:
- What do I most enjoy doing?
- If I could have any job in the world what would it be?
- If money was out of the equation what would I choose to be doing?
- What do I excel at?
Hopefully you can use the answers to these questions to determine the right direction for your life. You want to find something you’re motivated about committing yourself to.
Ask yourself where you want to be in five years. In ten years. What kind of people do you most admire? Who would you like to emulate?
Create a personal mission statement
Creating a personal mission statement will help ensure this plan you have for what you want to do actually jibes with the things you find important in life. If you want to be an entrepreneur, but you also want to be home for dinner every night, with defined hours so you can pursue extracurricular activities, you’re going to run into some problems.
Your mission statement should be a clear description of your end goal and the person you intend to be in the process of accomplishing it. For example, you might say. “I intend to be the most successful salesperson in the North East. I will accomplish this through my intense focus on customers, my infectious positive attitude and my continuing efforts towards self improvement.”
Use the mission statement to constantly asses how your actions and interactions measure up to your stated goal.
Define long term and short term goals
Don’t simply think of this as a wish-list of things you’d like to accomplish. Think of yourself in terms of resources (time and energy) that can be allocated in different directions to achieve your objectives. How do you maximize each of those resources in pursuit of those goals? What unique talents can you bring to a situation that will lead to successful results? If you don’t feel like you already have that unique talent, what will you do to create it?
Your talents will be put to best use when you evaluate your strengths and weaknesses then use what you learn to get really good at doing something you really like.