How do you want your life to look like 5 years from now?
That’s not always an easy question to answer but it should be if we really spent some time thinking about what we would want that answer to be.
Would you be okay if your life was exactly the same 5 years from now as it is today?
If you were asked that question instead of the first question I’m pretty sure most of you would answer “No, I wouldn’t be okay if my life was exactly the same.”
Two different questions. Both with the same intent.
Why is it so hard to envision our future? I personally think it’s because we are not breaking our life into components but rather looking at it as one piece, which then becomes overwhelming.
So what to do if you have trouble envisioning your preferred future?
Break your life into the Wheel of Life components. There are many versions of the Wheel of Life but they traditionally consist of Career, Financial, Social, Family, Personal Development and Spiritual.
I created my own Wheel of Life that looks like this:
- Living situation
- Family relationship
- Partner relationship
- Social life/Friends
- Personal Growth/Development
- Rest/Time off
- Bucket List items
Ask yourself where would you like to be in 5 years in each of those areas? How do you want to spend your day working? Where do you want to be financially? How much time off do you want to have? Family? Friends? Travel?
By breaking our life into components we can decide where we would like to be and then we set goals and start working towards those. All the individual pieces become your life so after you create your ideal future in each sit-down and see how they all fit together. If there is an imbalance see which area may need some tweaking until you have them in unity.
What can you do next to ensure you are where you want to be 5 years from now? Answer in the comments.