I’ve had a lot on my mind lately. You read things like this, and it stops you dead in your tracks.
Often, we get so wrapped up in everything we have to do that we tend to forget why we’re doing it. We end up 5 or 10 years down the road looking back on a path we never meant to travel. Both for better and for worse. It’s odd, the thing that matters the most, becomes an afterthought. At least for me it has. I’ve been working nonstop since I was 17 to become “successful,” but I never really sat down to understand what that was. Sure, I’ve placed some rough visual in my mind of what that would look like, but that was the extent of it.
I’m sure I’m not alone.
Randall Lucas, a good friend and mentor of mine recently gave me the following advice. He told me to think about life as a trend chart — as long as you’re trending upwards, you’re in good shape.
Your goal, passion, or point of success is that place that’s in top righthand corner. Your milestones (job, diploma, relationship, etc.) both past, current and future, live in between.
The idea is to get the line trending upwards towards your goal, to that point that you measure happiness off of, professional or otherwise. For visual folks like me, thinking this way helps to understand which moves we make are a regression, lateral or improvement.
Self-assessment is tough, but necessary. Don’t just do without understanding why. Take a step back and think about what makes you happy. Make that your goal. Everything you do in between should get you closer.
Just keep trending upwards.