Life mapping: a vision of success is more than economic gains, titles, and degrees.
Planning success is mapping all aspects of your life. Similar to a map, you need to define the following details: origin, destination, vehicle, backpack, landmarks, and route.
Origin: who you are A map has a starting point. Your background is who you are now. Most people, when asked to introduce themselves, said: Hi, I’m Jean, and I’m a 17-year-old high school student.
He doesn’t talk about who Jean is; it just says your current concern. To get information about yourself, you need to carefully examine your beliefs, values , and principles, as well as your economic, professional, cultural, and civil status.
Besides, you can also reflect on your experiences to provide information about your right and not so good traits, skills, knowledge, strengths, and weaknesses.
After introspection, Jean realized that she was highly motivated, generous, service-oriented, but impatient. His inclination was in the medical-biological field.
Furthermore, she believed that life should serve a purpose and that wars were destructive to human dignity. Destination: A vision of who you want to be; this is your vision.
You must now know yourself to have a clearer idea of who you want to be; and the things you want to change, be it attitudes, habits, or points of view. If you barely know yourself, your vision and goals for the future will also not be clear.
Your destiny must cover all aspects of your being: physical, emotional, intellectual, and spiritual. Continuing Jean’s story, after defining her beliefs, values , and principles in life, she decided that she wanted to have an experience dedicated to serving others.
Vehicle: your mission A car is how you can reach your destination. It can be analogized with your mission or vocation in life. To a large extent, your goal would depend on what you know about yourself.
Based on Jean’s self-assessment, she decided that she was prepared to become a doctor and that she wanted to become one. Her chosen vocation was a doctor.
Thoroughly describing his vision mission: it was to live a life dedicated to serving his fellow men as a doctor in areas of conflict. Suitcase: Your knowledge, skills, and attitudes Food, drinks, medicines, and other travel needs are contained in a bag.
By applying this concept to your life map, you also bring specific knowledge, skills, and attitudes. They determine your competence and help you achieve your vision.
Given this, it is necessary to assess what knowledge, skills, and attitudes you currently have and what you need to get along the way. This dual assessment will provide information about your benchmarks or measures of success.
Jean realized that she needed to acquire professional knowledge and skills in medicine to become a doctor. She knew she was a little impatient with people, so she realized that this was something she wanted to change.
Marcos and Rota: S.M.A.R.T. objectives Milestones confirm that you are on the right track while the route determines the travel time. So, when planning your life, you also need to have milestones and a direction. These benchmarks are your measures of success.
These measures must be specific, measurable, attainable, realistic, and with a fixed term. Therefore, you cannot define two essential milestones, such as obtaining a master’s and a doctorate in three years, since the minimum number of years to complete a master’s degree is two years.
Returning to Jean as an example, she identified the following landmarks on her map of life: completing a bachelor’s degree in biology at age 21; completing the medication at age 27; gaining his specialization in infectious diseases at the age of 30; being implanted in local public hospitals in his city at the age of 32; serving as a doctor in war-torn areas at age 35. Anticipate curves, detours, and holes The purpose of your life map is to minimize hasty and punctual decisions that can make you get lost.
However, our plans are often modified along the way due to some inconveniences, delays, and other situations beyond our control. As with any path, there are turns, detours, and holes; therefore, we must anticipate them and adjust accordingly.