It’s difficult to map out your life. There’s no doubt about that. There are smart people among us who we think have everything figured out. Even for them, with all their options, it can be hard to figure out what comes next. Ideally, we all want to be making money. However, there are other things that matter as well. Let’s make it easier to answer the ‘Where you want to be in 5 years’ question.
Get A Pen And Some Paper
Step one. Easy enough, right? Actually putting things down makes you think them through. You consider things before you write them. When you’re just thinking things through, there’s so many things you just pass over.
List All The Possible Paths Available To You
List all the things you’ve ever thought about doing. Did you want to do a second degree? Your masters? Do you want to be an actor? Have you ever wanted to write? Do your parents have connections at a bank? Whatever it is that your options are, list them. Even the options that seem completely ridiculous, list them. Everything!
How Does Each Path Align With Your Values
Remember what I said about money? Even if money is one of your values, it is only one. You need to figure out for yourself what matters to you about your lifestyle. You need to do this because your career is a big big part of your lifestyle. Learn which of your values each of your paths speaks to, and how many for each path.
Can You Develop The Skills
Now you’ve put everything that you want down. Next is to see how feasible it all is. For each path, put down whether or not you have the requires skillset. If you don’t, put down the skills that you are going to need. Okay, now you know what each thing will require. Can you actually develop the skills? Are they something you can learn on your own? Something you can learn on the job? Or is it something that you have to go back to school for? Knowing this you can move on to the next step.
Write Down The Pros And Cons Of Each Path
Next, you want to write down the pros and cons of each path. If, for instance, you have never taken an acting class, and you don’t know how skilled you would be at it, write that. That’s a con, so put it in the cons of that path. Your values, and the difficulty in obtaining the required skills should go on this list. As either pros or cons, as appropriate. Do this for all your possible inclinations. And for all the possible opportunities available to you.
Set Goals And Share Them
Finally, create your goals. Now you have a list of the things that you want, and how to get them. Next is picking one. Sadly, it’s unrealistic to want to be every single thing. Weigh your pros and cons and make a choice. After that, set a realistic goal. Your goal should not be abstract. It should be defineable, such that someone else would be able to tell if you accomplished it. You also need to give yourself a timeframe for your goals. And then, very importantly, share your goals. It creates a sense of accountability when you share with someone other than yourself. It makes you more likely to keep your word.
So, where do you see yourself in five years? There’s no pressure to answer that. The important thing, is that you want to figure it out.