Success is more than economic gains, titles, and degrees. You need a vision of success. Planning for success is about mapping out all the aspects of your life. Similar to a map, you need to define the following details: origin, destination, vehicle, backpack, landmarks, and route.
Who you are – What is Your Vision of Success?
Most people are not sure who they are – well, the truth is even at a late stage in life some people still don’t know who they are. Finding ourselves can sometimes take a long time so to gain insights about yourself, you need to look closely at your beliefs, values, and principles aside from your economic, professional, cultural, and civil status. Moreover, you can also reflect on your experiences to give you insights on your good and not-so-good traits, skills, knowledge, strengths, and weaknesses.
Destination: A Vision of Who You Want to be
“Who do want to be?” this is your vision 0f success. It is important that you know yourself so that you can have a clearer picture of who you want to be; and the things you want to change whether they are attitudes, habits, or points of view. If you hardly know yourself, then your vision of success and targets for the future would also be unclear.
Your destination should cover all the aspects of your being: the physical, emotional, intellectual, and spiritual. After you have fully defined your beliefs, values, and principles in life, you can then decide what you want out of life and what you want to do with your life.
Vehicle: Your Mission
A vehicle is the means by which you can reach your destination. It can be analogized to your mission or vocation in life. To a great extent, your mission would depend on what you know about yourself. Based on your self-assessment, you can decide which field/profession or development venture is best suited for you. Your chosen vocation should be one that you want, will be happy to do and will be able to help others efficiently.
Travel Bag: Your knowledge, skills, and attitude
Food, drinks, medicines, and other travelling necessities are contained in a bag. Applying this concept to your life map, you also bring with you certain knowledge, skills, and attitudes. These determine your competence and help you in attaining your vision. Given such, there is a need for you to assess what knowledge, skills, and attitudes you have at present and what you need to gain along the way. This two-fold assessment will give you insights on your landmarks or measures of success. If the vocation or business venture you have chosen requires that you needed to gain professional knowledge and skills on then you will just have to do what is required of you. If after careful assessment you realize that this is not the path for you there is no shame in changing course.
Landmarks and Route: S.M.A.R.T. Objectives
Landmarks confirm if you are on the right track while the route determines the travel time. Thus, in planning out your life, you also need to have landmarks and a route. These landmarks are your measures of success. These measures must be specific, measurable, attainable, realistic, and time bound. Thus you cannot set two major landmarks such as earning a master’s degree and a doctorate degree within a period of three years since the minimum number of years to complete a master’s degree is two years.
You need to identify landmarks in your life map which will guide you on your journey: it could be completing a bachelor’s degree in biology by the age of 21; completing medicine by the age of 27; earning a specialization in infectious diseases by the age of 30; getting to do your internship in a public hospital by the age of 32; and serving as doctor by the age of 35. The sky is the limit all you have to do is design your life map. This will be your vision of success.
Anticipate Turns, Detours, and Potholes
The purpose of your life map is to minimize hasty and spur-of-the-moment decisions that can make you lose your way. Oftentimes our plans are modified along the way due to some inconveniences, delays, and other situations beyond our control. Like in any path, there are turns, detours, and potholes thus; we must anticipate them and adjust accordingly.
Best of luck and blessings as you carefully navigate through your vision of success to make it a reality.
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