How many times have you heard, if you want to get somewhere, you need to know where you’re going. You probably can’t even keep track. Of course you know that. But have you ever taken the time to write out not just what your goals are, but the whys behind them? Your reasons for choosing the objectives you’ve chosen? What it is about yourself that makes you think you’d be good at this thing you’ve decided to focus your energy on?
Ask yourself some questions
To figure out your strengths and the sorts of things that truly inspire you, ask yourself, What values do I want to bring to my life’s work? Those could be things like integrity, leadership, entrepreneurship.
What makes me excited to get up in the morning? Are you more excited about trying new things or do you prefer the comforting predictability of routine?
If I could choose any job what would it be? What am I really good at? Is there an intersection between what you’re really good at and what you would love to do? Can you create one?
Who are the people I admire most? What attributes do they have that I can find in myself? You can use the successes and achievements of others as a guide for creating your own map to success.
A personal mission statement
It’s not quite enough to simply write down what you want to achieve. Include the impact you will have on yourself and those around you. Also include the sort of person you need to be to achieve that goal. I am a personable, engaging leader with the ability to make others feel good about themselves and their choices.
What are you really good at? Is there something you want to get better at? What do you want to excel at? What skills do you need to excel at your chosen field?
Do your skills align with your goals? If not either reassess your goals or do what needs to be done to improve your skill set.
You are in charge of your future. You can get choose where to focus your energies. Whether where you are is good enough, or if you want to change it.
Assess your strengths and weaknesses. Figure out if you have any attitudinal issues that may be holding you back and address them. Decide what you can be excellent at then go about making yourself excellent in that specific area.