Where do you see yourself in 30 years?

SELFIE! For all of YOU!
SELFIE! For all of YOU!

Three years ago I had a Professor, who asked me and my class to do an exercise that would not only help us outline our goals for the future but would also make us accountable for what we did everyday.

It went something likes this, write down the answers to the following:

Where you see yourself in 30 years…
Where you see yourself in 20 years…
Where you see yourself in 10 years…
Where you see yourself in 5 years…
Where you see yourself in 1 year…
Where you see yourself in 6 months…
Where you see yourself in 1 month…

Now what are you doing today, to make that happen?

Now, I should just leave you with that so that it’s all impactful and stuff BUT I want to explain why this is important to me now.

After a number of years of soul searching (I’m talking professionally), I’m finally in an industry and area that I both believe in and am interested in. This makes me feel happy and fulfilled. Still there is always the possibility of becoming the employee who does the bare minimum so that they aren’t fired.

In order to get around that, I thought maybe it was a good idea to figure out where I wanted to be in 30 years and it made me realize that shit – if I wanted to be that in 30 years, in 20 years I had to be that and that and that AND THAT means by a year I better get that promo-oh-my-god-im-hyperventilating.

But honestly, what the exercise above does it it forces you to think.

If in 30 years I want to be a CEO of a corporation, then in 20 years I better at least be a VP and in 10 years I should be a senior manager and in 5 years maybe I should be an assistant manager and in 1 year I should be a senior executive, which means that TODAY, instead of spending 80% of the day on Facebook I should maybe actually reply to all the e-mails that need my attention and maybe I should get started on that report.

The exercise above helps you visualize your future and makes you more accountable for your day-to-day actions and makes you appreciate how they eventually lead you to where you want to be. This hopefully will help to mitigate the whole aimless fulfillment of tasks. Hell, it might even make you feel more fulfilled and productive at work – which you should be, especially since we basically spend 1/2 of our waking hours, if not more, at work.

So, instead of just scraping by – maybe it’s time to take your destiny into your own hands.


Author: diniblini

Perenially short, somewhat self-actualized, 20-something, living and working in Singapore.

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