To know where you are going, first you need to know who you are. Then, you need to have a reason to reach your destination. Why do you want to make it there? Why is it important to you?
Dr. Stephen Covey, author of 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, says that you must begin with the end in mind. Focus with me as his words guide your thoughts:
“In your mind’s eye, see yourself going to the funeral of a loved one. Picture yourself driving to the funeral parlor or chapel, parking the car, and getting out. As you walk inside the building, you notice the flowers, the soft organ music. You see the faces of friends and family you pass along the way. You feel the shared sorrow of losing, the joy of having known that radiates from the hearts of the people there.
‘As you walk down in front of the room and look inside the casket, you suddenly come face to face with yourself. This is your funeral three years from today. All these people have come to honor you, to express feelings of love and appreciation for your life.
‘As you take a seat and wait for the services to begin, you look at the program in your hand. There are to be four speakers. The first is from your family, immediate and extended- children, brothers, sisters, nephews, nieces, aunts, uncles, cousins, and grandparents who have come from all over the country to attend. The second is one of your friends, someone who can give a sense of what you were as a person. The third speaker is from your work or profession. The fourth is from your church or some community organization where you’ve been involved in service.
‘Now think deeply. What would you like each of these speakers to say about you and your life?What kind of husband, wife, father, or mother would you like their words to reflect? What kind of son, or daughter, or cousin? What kind of friend? What kind of working associate?
‘What character would you like them to have seen in you? What contributions, what achievements would you want them to remember? Look carefully at the people around you. What difference would you have liked to have made in their lives?”
Think about those answers. Take a minute to truly reflect. I would even suggest writing your answers down on a piece of paper.
Who you would have them remember you as or what you would have them remember you for is your personal definition of success!
Using this exercise, I’ve defined my own roles in my life and this perspective has helped me to create a personal mission statement. You must know who you are and what you need to do to become the best version of yourself. Doing this will be your driving force to get to your ultimate destination. This is called seeking clarity.
There is great power in beginning with the end in mind. As I strive to become the man I envision myself becoming, I have a deeper satisfaction in life. I have a stronger conviction to accomplish my goals. I have a purpose. I also have a reason to challenge myself by setting goals to develop into the best version of myself.
To truly know where you are going, to have a clear vision of where you are headed; you must first have a clear picture of who you are.
As your life coach, I can help you develop your vision, help you set goals to achieve your vision, and inspire you to grow into the person it will take to make your vision a reality! Contact me today for a free consultation.