Success is more than economic profits, titles and financial statements. Success planning is about mapping all aspects of your life. Similar to a map, you need to define the following details: Starting point, destination, vehicle, backpack, landmarks and route.
Starting point: Who you are
A map has a starting point. Your starting point is who you are right now. Most people, if asked to introduce themselves, would say, Hello, I’m Jean and I’m a 17-year-old high school senior.î That says nothing about who Jean is; it just says what she’s dealing with right now. To gain insights about yourself, you need to look at your beliefs, values and principles in addition to your economic, professional, cultural and civic status. You can also reflect on your experiences, which will give you insight into your good and not-so-good qualities, skills, knowledge, strengths and weaknesses. In introspection, Jean found that she was highly motivated, generous and service-oriented, but impatient. Her inclination was in the biological/medical field. She also believed that life must have meaning and that wars destroy human dignity.
The goal: A vision of who you want to be
Who do you want to be? – that is your vision. Now it is important that you know yourself so that you have a clearer idea of who you want to be and what you want to change, be it attitudes, habits or beliefs.
Vehicle: Your order
A vehicle is the means by which you can achieve your goal. It can be equated with your mission or calling in life. Your mission depends largely on what you know about yourself. Based on Jean’s self-assessment, she decided that she was suited to become a doctor and that she wanted to become one. Her career choice was to become a doctor. She described her vision-mission in detail: she wanted to live a life dedicated to serving her fellow human beings as a doctor in conflict zones.