Once on a long flight back from a speaking engagement, I decided to write down all the things that I considered goals. When reviewing them, I realized the goals seemed empty. I found myself asking questions like why did I want to travel or why did I want a new home? There was no connection between my goals and a future achievement or a quality of life. It occurred to me that I had been conducting strategic planning sessions for many client companies, but had not used the same process on my life. I soon wrote a mission statement and set a vision of what I wanted my life to be like in 5, 10 and 20 years. Then, the goals I wrote from that day forward were focused on making my vision a reality.
Everything you do today has an impact on tomorrow. If you direct every ounce of energy through a plan towards your vision, you’ll continue to meet goals and gain fulfillment. Also, decisions you make about a job, a career, or even hobbies will be in “synch” with what you want out of life. Many people call it “following your bliss.” In essence, do what you love and the money will follow.
Why? Because if you are doing what you love, what happens? You do your best. Other people can see it. You are more productive. It shows. Wouldn’t you rather be working at something 8, 10, 12 hours a day that you really enjoy, instead of working at something that isn’t inspiring limiting you to do something you really love on the weekends?
(An excerpt from Almost Famous: How to Market Yourself for Success)