“The art of life is a constant readjustment to our surroundings” – Kakuzo Okakaura
In the last 2 years I’ve increased my thinking and entrepreneurial attitude. More recently I’ve found I’m back to asking myself deep questions in order to build a stronger picture for my near term experience (1-3 years). Luckily I also have my 10 year plan for a remarkable life (now an 8 year plan, as it’s been 2 years since I wrote it). That plan came from the advice Debbie Millman gives her students. A fantastic tool which you can read about on this site.
What I don’t have is a near or shorter term plan. Arguably not needed if I have the longer term 10 year remarkable life one, yet this week I began to ponder if I’m achieving my professional desires, as well as asking myself if I’m having the type of impact that leaves a legacy.
I asked myself the following questions:
- Am I fulfilled in my primary work?
- Am I achieving value for others in all the work I do?
- Is that value recognised?
- Am I rewarded and compensated in line with that value?
Answering these questions has been scary for me as I feared the truth. The truth means I must act. Taking responsibility and acting off the back of answers to these questions is not a small thing.
So I’m on a journey again, the first step has been facing these questions head on, with full honesty and the knowledge that I already knew the answers, I was simply avoiding them as I didn’t want to have to act.
How often do you ask yourself questions like these? Ones that result in facing fears, fears like big change? I wish I’d done this more often over the last 2 years, I certainly will do from now on.
It can be scary, yet as the saying goes, everything you want is on the other side of fear.
“I have learned over the years that when one’s mind is made up, this diminishes fear; knowing what must be done does away with fear.”
— Rosa Parks
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