Some of the questions I ask my clients are, “Where do you want to be in 1 year? 3 years? 5 years?” The “opposite” of that question, which is the one I asked myself and the one that got me into coaching in the first place is, “Where were you 1 year ago? 3 years? 5 years?” When I asked that of myself, about 7 years ago, my answer floored me—I didn’t really have a lot of progression to show for about 5 years.
With the world at a standstill, I can’t think of a better time then now for all of us to ask: Where were we? And Where do we want to be? Life has a super sneaky way of passing us by without us truly noticing. I have a slight variation on a really great quote that fits beautifully here: Failure to plan (and take action) is planning to fail (because we didn’t act). There is no better day than today to ask yourself, “Where do I want to be at year’s end or one year from now?” It has to be different than where you are now, right? Dream a little. Give it your best thought.
Now it’s time to execute. Make a plan. Get a coach. Find an accountability partner. But whatever you do, do not leave this to chance. We’ve done that before, remember? It never works out so well. It’s a little bit like being adrift in the ocean in a small boat with no motor—the boat will definitely end up somewhere somehow, but probably not when and where we want. The choice is ours: do we want to drift or crank on the motor, and drive this boat to the port of our choosing? I can’t answer that question for you, but I know just thinking about that boat being tossed haphazardly about in the ocean, helplessly adrift, makes me sick to my stomach. Come on! Give it some thought. We got this!