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When growing up we are often asked by parents, adult relatives and family friends what we want to do when we finish school. Another favourite question is what we want to become.
I always found these questions easy to answer. I wanted to be a pathologist, then a lawyer, followed by a psychologist. Never an accountant or nurse. Secretly I actually wanted to start my own business and make it wildly successful but that of course didn’t fit the obligatory path of get a good job, work hard to pay the mortgage, blah, blah, blah.
Do you remember what you wanted to be? Can you remember how exciting it was to dream about the things you’d do? How you would change the world?
Once school ended university called. Next came the graduate banking job. Not exactly the original plan but safe and well paid.
Until I was sucker punched by boredom.
My clients were fantastic and colleagues a great bunch to work with; but the data entry that consumed each day felt like being repetitively king hit. Knocking the spirit out of a once vibrant and idea-filled chick.
Do you ever feel like this? Please tell me you know what I’m talking about.
I’d love to say I learned my lesson there and then but sometimes we are a bit slow on the uptake. A few more sucker punching jobs passed until finally I found one I loved. It satisfies to a reasonable extent what I want to do.
But here’s the knock out left hook.
Knowing and doing what you want isn’t enough.
You have to know who you want to become. What would make you proud to claim your life? (I have to thank Ash Ambirge for teaching me this in ‘You Don’t Need A Job, You Need Guts‘).**
For me, it’s this:
I want to help every single business I come into contact with improve. It can be as massive or minute an improvement possible but it has to happen AND I want it to support the lifestyle I seek. Combining these two elements gives me a life I’m proud to call my own as well as helps business owners to achieve their goals.
My challenge to you.
Identify WHO you want to become. What life would make you proud? The answer will guide you in setting goals for next year and all that follow. Take action.
Commit by sharing it in the comments. Let’s hold each other accountable!
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