How is your life different from last year?
How is your life different from 5 years ago? 10 years ago? 20 years ago? Since you left college (or high school)?
How has your life evolved over time?
Is it an orderly progression of steps towards mastery?
Is it a series of plateaus punctuated by periods of change and confusion?
Are you where you thought you would be?
Did everything go according to plan?
Did you find challenges you didn’t expect?
We continue growing and developing as we age.
We’re not stuck with our initial decisions around “what we’re going to be when we grow up.”
We learn new things through experience – especially if we allow ourselves time to reflect on that experience.
If we manage to get some clarity around what we want our life to look like in the future, we’re able to take advantage of opportunities as they present themselves.
We don’t have to wait for a wrenching event outside of our control to move towards our desired future.
We may be able to evolve more gently.
How can you ease into your future?
Can you combine what you are doing now and leverage your existing skills and experience with what you want in your future?
Can you set aside some time to make future-building a priority? Are there particular skills you will need that requires more concentration than combination will allow?
As you ease into your future, what will you ultimately need to let go of?
What will you need to prepare to say “no” to?
What obligations and contracts will you need to break?
What relationships need to change? What relationships may need to be abandoned?
In an ideal world, we are all doing this evolution mindfully.
We are taking responsibility for our experience of life and for what our life looks like.
Often, we’re reacting to what life throws at us. That’s OK. We can’t predict all-the-things and we control very little.
The best we can do is take one more step towards our desired future.
Look around and see whether an opportunity has surfaced that helps us along the way.
Occasionally discard things from the pack that weigh us down.
And continually check to make sure we are still going in the direction of our dreams.