Where do you want to go?
Has anyone ever asked you that? Have you asked yourself that? Long term, short-term, it doesn’t matter. This is probably one of the scariest questions any of us could ask.
I used to hate it when I was in an interview and the interviewer asked me, “Where do you see yourself in 5 or 10 years?”
I always knew where I wanted to be and it usually had nothing to do with the company or position for which I was interviewing. How the hell do you say that and still get the job? Ah, the joys of job hunting.
But on a personal level this is probably one of the most important questions we can ask. Because unless we know where we want to go we’ll never be able to make the decisions necessary to get there. Reaching our goals doesn’t happen instantly. Just like the messes we create don’t happen overnight.
So unless we learn the importance of asking the uncomfortable questions we’re just going to be adrift and it won’t matter which road we take. I don’t know about you but the thought of being adrift scares me more than asking the hard questions – taking a good, hard, honest look at where I’m headed if I keep doing the same things I’m doing now.
Did I ever mention I hate mirrors?
I’m sure that’s part of the reason why I don’t like asking these types of questions. Because if there’s something wrong with me I don’t want to see it. I don’t want to admit it. I don’t want to have to think about the changes necessary to get me where I want to go.
And turning an internal mirror on myself is even worse than looking into a physical one sometimes. Oh, hell, most of the time. So this is some pretty deep stuff for a kid’s tale. But then again she did fall down a rabbit hole…
There is a flip side to this question, though. Think about it, where do you want to go? You have the power, the control to answer that question and then make it happen.
Yeah, yeah, circumstances, people fighting you, blah, blah, excuse, excuse.
You have the power and control to answer that question. How cool is that?
So. Where do you want to go?