“Where do you see yourself in five years time?” This is a common interview question. Yet many of us do not give it a second or more serious thought in our daily lives. It is, in fact, a very powerful, perhaps life-changing, question.
I once stretched that question even further with one of my new, executive clients: “Where do you see yourself if five years time if your life was perfect in every way? If you had all the resources available to you, what would your life be like in five years?”
This tall, well-groomed executive sank deeper into his chair and stared blankly at the wall ahead of him. He admitted that he had never planned anything in his life. Opportunities seem to knock on his door and only then would he make the most of them. He wasn’t one to plan ahead, at least not until now; the night of his fiftieth birthday.
After a lot of deliberation and bouncing off ideas, we came to the realisation that all he wanted was to feel like a new person and to live each day with joy and energy. That on his fifty-fifth birthday he would feel more rejuvenated and very energetic.
I felt that this was a good start, yet he could want more, much more, if he really thought about it, if he had all the necessary resources. We decided to start slow and establish quarterly goals. And with every goal that he would reach, we would expand and set new more challenging ones.
In this way we would gradually build on his wanting to improve on his level of fitness and health, and we could, in time, discover more ‘wants’ along the way as we focus on creating his ideal life.
If you were to imagine you had all the resources you need to create your perfect life, what would that perfect life look like in five years time? How would you see it?
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