2016 saw many celebrity deaths. With each obit, we flashed back. To Ziggy Stardust, Growing Pains, Star Wars and others.
It’s easy to languish in memories, good and bad, of days gone by. Classic rock, classic movies, Throwback Thursday on Facebook and other time trips are fun. But don’t get carried away.
Today, let’s think about tomorrow, not yesterday. What do you want to accomplish? And when do you want to achieve these goals?
Often, plans are made for a vague “someday.” What are your plans for the NEAR future—this month, this spring, this year?
Do you have specific results in mind? A certain sales or salary level? A career change? A new place to live? A trip to Hawaii? Early retirement?
Do you have a strategy to get there? (No, I’m not going to refer you to a financial advisor—they will find you.) Are you continuing your education? Are you putting as much as you can into your 401-K, Roth plan, etc.?
Are you reaching out to individuals and organizations that can help you advance your career or refer you to new clients?
Are you carefully monitoring your personal health? Your future only happens if you stay alive to experience it.
Learning from the past is important. But being stuck mentally in your glory days can keep you from having a happy future.
“Where do you see yourself in five years?” I’ve always thought that was a dumb job interview question. Because most any answer a person gives can be interpreted in a variety of ways. It is, however, a good question to ask yourself. And to answer honestly.
When you have your answer, don’t wait four-and-a-half-years to start reaching your five-year goal. Start today.