4 Steps to Chart Your Life Journey

Have you already charted your life journey? If you haven’t, or if you wish to update it, I invite you to follow the four steps outlined on my website and in my book, The Business Apostolate: Insights to Define and Achieve Your Mission in Life:\r\n\r\n1. Determine what is important to you. One place to start is by looking at your values: What is intrinsically desirable to you? What are you not willing to compromise on? Look back on your life timeline: What were those key choices you made where you either strengthened or weakened a particular value? What values do those close to you see displayed by your actions? Write down the top five most desirable values.\r\n\r\n2. Write down what you want your legacy to be. At the end of your journey on earth, what do you want to be remembered for? If you believe in the afterlife, how do you plan to earn your entry-pass into heaven? Write this down.\r\n\r\n3. Choose and define the top roles in your life. How well are you connecting your life roles to your legacy? The simplest way to start is by defining your professional and personal responsibilities:\r\na. Your professional responsibilities: Do you play more than one role? Can you define your work accountabilities with one or two roles (e.g., manager, salesperson, lawyer, doctor, accountant, etc.)? Next, can you define your specific responsibilities, usually known as a job description, for each one?\r\nb. Your personal responsibilities: What are the key relationships in your life? How important will it be to develop your physical, mental and spiritual capabilities? For example, will you or your spouse take care of the finances? Aim for three roles, four maximum. Start with the most important ones in your life, and expand as you become more comfortable with how you are charting your life.\r\n\r\n4. Set long-term goals for each role. How will you define success for each role in the next three to five years? Be as specific and measurable as you can. Think big. Aim high. I find it better to set hard-to-reach goals that take you outside your comfort zone than those that are easy to achieve. Better to miss an aggressive goal by 10 percent than exceed an easy one by 10 percent.\r\n\r\nLet me close with a quote from the 19th century French-born American missionary Stephen Grellet: “I shall pass through this world but once. Any good, therefore, that I can do or any kindness that I can show to any fellow creature, let me do it now. Let me not defer or neglect it, for I shall not pass this way again.” Count on me to help you define your legacy.\r\n\r\nWhich of the four steps outlined above was most helpful to you? Click here to let us know.\r\n\r\nPercy M. Cannon\r\nAuthor, Consultant, Facilitator & Coach\r\nwww.cannon.consulting

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