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life mapping: a vision of SUCCESS

Posted on the February 7th, 2012 under personal,self improvement by shazboy

success is more than just economic gains, titles, and degrees.. having a vision of success means for you to have some sort of planning for success @ life mapping all the aspects that matters in your life. what i call it is self-evaluation.. similar to a map, you need to define the following details of your life – origin, destination, vehicle, backpack, landmarks, and route..

origin – who you are..

let's start somewhere..

a map has a starting point. your origin is who and where you are right now.. **hmm.. right now i’m in front of the computer writing this post.. hmm.. let’s see now.. hmm.. hehe, just kidding ^_^ ..** anyways, jokes aside.. most people when asked to introduce myself, i would say, “hi, i’m Shaz and i’m a root cause analyst..” simple, right? however, it does not tell you about who i am; it only tells you my present.. err.. well, it just tells you who i am and what i do for a living.. now, to gain insights about yourself, you need to look closely at your beliefs, values, and principles aside from your economic, professional, cultural, and civil status.. moreover, you can also reflect on your experiences to give you insights on your good and.. well.. not-so-good traits – skills, knowledge, strengths, and weaknesses. upon “further investigation“, i realized that i am highly passionate, generous, service-oriented, but i do get bullied or be stepped-on.. some say i am being “too diplomatic“.. oh yea, another thing.. i also have this thing called procrastination.. hehe.. i have an inclination towards the technical field and area of expertise.. i also like to analyse stuffs and think a lot, in which does take a lot of my time.. doing just that – thinking!! furthermore, i believe that life must serve a purpose, and that wars were destructive to everyone..

destination – a vision of who you want to be..

where do i go from here?

“Who do you want to be?” – now THIS is your visionnnn.. it is important that you know yourself so that you would have a clearer picture of who you want to be; and the things you want to change – whether they are attitudes, habits, or points of view. if you hardly know yourself, then your vision and targets for the future would also be unclear. there’s no harm for you to seek advise and ask around those closest to you – be it your best buddy or family or relatives or your co-workers.. maybe they see certain potential in you in becoming someone you would have never thought of :-) your destination should cover all the aspects of your being – physical, emotional, intellectual, and spiritual.. continuing with my story, after i have defined @ re-evaluated my beliefs, values, and principles in life, i decided that i wanted to have a balanced lifestyle and a certain extend of freedommmmmm..**wait a minute, does this means i’m still not that clear of who do i want to be?! daymn!! well, nevermind that.. i can always do this after i finish writing this post**.. moving on..

vehicle – your mission..

nice ride eh?

a vehicle is the means by which you can reach your destination. simply said, what it takes for you to get from point A to point B :-) it can correspond to your mission or career in life.. to a great extent, your MISSION.. **suddenly the script from Mission Impossible is running thru my head, dunno why – your mission agent Shaz, is to retrive bla bla bla yap yap yap yada yada yada.. ok.. enough of that.. for now** yes, your MISSION would depend on what you know about yourself. based on my simple self-assessment done above, i decided that i would most suited to become .. err.. an internet billionaire entrepreneur @ motivator @ trainer, and that i wanted to become one!! honestly, i never have thought of what i wanted to become, career wise.. until quite recently… describing my vision-mission fully, it was to live a life dedicated to serving the internet world in conflict-areas.. yes! i want to help others solve their problems and achieve what they want in life!

travel bag – knowledge, skills, and attitude..

where do u think u're going?

food, drinks, medicines, and other traveling necessities are contained in a bag. applying this concept to your life map, you also bring with you certain knowledge, skills, and attitudes.. these determine your competence and help you in attaining your vision. given such, there is a need for you to assess what knowledge, skills, and attitudes you have at present and what you need to gain along the way. this two-fold assessment will give you insights on your landmarks or measures of success. i realized that she needed to gain professional knowledge and skills on what works on the internet so that i could help others and at the same time be financially free @ internet entrepreneur.. i know that i procrastinate, so, i realized that this was something i REALLY want to change.. **boo hoo sob sob.. please bare with me on this, pleaseeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee…**

landmarks and route – S.M.A.R.T. objectives..

i gotta be .S.M.A.R.T.

landmarks confirm if you are on the right track while the route determines the travel time. thus, in planning out your life, you also need to have landmarks and a route. these landmarks are your measures of success @ targets. these measures must be specific, measurable, attainable, realistic, and time bound a.k.a SMART! you cannot set two major landmarks such as earning a master’s degree and a doctorate’s degree within a period of three years, since the minimum number of years to complete a master’s degree is two years.. and i have no idea how long it would take to complete a doctorate’s degree.. as an example, i have identified the following landmarks in my life map – completing my bachelor’s degree by the age of 25 (i did it when i was 24); earning a certain amount of salary by the age of 27 (sorry but i’d prefer not to disclose this.. i feel that there are people out there who does the same job AND earns more than i do – in which i achieved by the age of 28.. yup, i was a year off but at least i got it!!); cutting down my debts by 50% by the age of 30 (again, i was a year off for this one (i was 31) but to tell you the truth, i achieved a drop of about 75% in my debts.. if you’d like to know how, i can teach you.. it’s tough and time consuming but it is REALLY worth the effort and patience :-) ); zero debts by the age of 33; owning a property by the age of 34; marriage by the age of 35..??;.. and the list goes on.. i’ve yet to set my landmarks and route past age of 50..

anticipate turns, detours, and potholes..

the purpose of your life map is to minimize hasty and spur-of-the-moment decisions that can make you lose your way.. but often, there are times our plans are modified along the way due to some inconveniences, delays, and other situations that is wayyy beyond our control.. like in any path, there are turns, detours, and potholes therefore; we must anticipate them and adjust accordingly.. but most importantly, always do what matters most to you :-)

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