Tell me, whose future are you investing in right now? Your own, or someone else’s?
If you’re working for a company, or living your life under someone else’s conditions, the work you do is contributing to someone else’s dream.
Is that what you truly want?
If not, you need to start investing in yourself first. It’s like the oxygen mask on the plane. You’re told to put your own on before you can help others.
The way to do this in life & business is to ask yourself, “What is important to me? What do I truly want?” Then hand over all your decision making… to Future You :-)
Here’s how and why to do that:
Ask yourself where you really see yourself in 10 years.Close your eyes. Focus on YOU. Picture yourself living your ultimate, ideal life.
What kind of work are your doing? How do you feel about it? How much money are you making? What does your work environment look like? What kind of people are you working with? How do you spend your time away from work?
Live in this vision for a moment. Notice the feelings, sounds, even smells of this ideal future. Assume that energy.
This is your personal goal. This is Future You. This is what you need to invest in.
Recognize that companies and people care about your goals… if they align with theirs.
Take charge of your own personal and professional development. If you leave it in the hands of your employer, or what other people tell you is best, you’ll either stay stuck where you are, or be funnelled down a path that isn’t necessarily right for you.
Take responsibility for your future. Future You’s existence depends on Present Day You taking control of your own goals.
Start letting Future You make your decisions.
That energy you felt envisioning your ideal future? Use it to make decisions.
When faced with any decision, always ask, “What would Future Me choose?” That’s how you get to where want to go. By making decisions not from where you are, but from that place of your envisioned success. That’s what I did to get to where I am.
When I started my business I was a single mom. I chose to make all my business decisions from the place of a six figure business owner. Taking this mindset and making decisions from this place is what helped me build my six figure business in less than six months.
Build your personal brand around who you want to be.
Start building out your online professional profiles. It’s ok if that’s restricted to LinkedIn.You can do a lot with LinkedIn. But make the most of it and take advantage of all the profile elements.
Align your profile(s) with where you want to be, not just where you are. “Software Engineer and Aspiring Entrepreneur” is a great headline. So is “Financial advisor with a passion for graphic design”. Include where you are now, but build the bulk of your profile around who you want to become: Future You.
Connect with people and groups that will help you move closer to your goal. Take part in conversations, post articles and comment on posts that are relevant to what you want to achieve.
Ensure every element, even your profile picture, aligns with Future You.
No matter where you are, invest in where you want to be.
There is always an opportunity to start moving towards your goal. Look for classes, conferences, networking groups (on and offline), workshops and speaking events. Seek out potential mentors. Find people who’ve already achieved what you want and learn from them. Read books, blogs and ebooks.
If you can’t find anything… create something! Start a LinkedIn group or a MeetUp group in your city. Start a blog. Post about your idea, goal or passion.
When you really don’t know where to turn next, remember that vision of your ideal future. Tap into that energy. What would Future You tell you to do right now? Keep asking yourself, “What else is possible?” Future You will thank you ;-)
Looking for more guidance, or ready to take your journey to the next level? Contact me.
Here is to you being the CEO of your life!