...you could end up someplace else. (Yogi Berra)
This time each year I try to set some time aside to recalibrate my sense of purpose and the goals that I imagine will get me there. I've been doing this for a quarter century or so, since before "Seven Habits of Highly Effective People".
I think that too much introspection is as bad as living a completely unexamined life, but with that said there are a few questions that benefit each of us to be able to answer. If I take time to consider them each year, the accumulated responses are pretty useful. If I were to do this every day instead of every year, well, someone ought to slap me upside the head lest I disappear up my own fundamental orifice.
So here are the magic Halfwise questions:
- What am I good at?
- What do I like to do?
- What do others value?
- What am I on the road to becoming?
The fourth is where a person should consider the trajectory of his or her life. It troubles people to be reminded that they are on a road to becoming someone, whether they consider it or not. My habits (good and bad); the people I associate with (likewise), the media and messages that I soak in every day, these all shape and pave the road that leads us to that "someplace else" in the opening quote.
If you are an e-mailing type of person, ask yourself and answer the four questions in an e-mail to yourself. Save that e-mail, reflect on it from time to time, do more of what it indicates you need more of, and then repeat the process next year by editing the e-mail based on what you have learned.
Because there are some really bad destinations on the road of life...