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, luggage or travel bag, landmarks, and route.
The origin is the starting point of a map. Your origin is who you are right now. 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.
The destination is your vision. Now it is important that you know yourself so that you would have a clearer idea 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 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.
A vehicle is the means by which you can reach your destination. It is your mission or vocation in life. To a great extent, your mission would depend on what you know about yourself. What drives you and motivates you to action? These questions are helpful to answer as you work to attain your goals.
You 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.
Landmarks and Route
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. Your plans will be modified along the way due to some inconveniences, delays, challenges, and other situations beyond your control. Like in any path, there are turns, detours, and potholes thus; you must anticipate them and adjust accordingly.
Success, like any journey has an end point; with good preparation, planning and adaptability.