In the midst of the development for our new company, I found an architectural article intriguing. It was about the lifecycle of a building and it’s age is broken down into five difference phases.
Stage 1: Prenatal = Planning and building till it’s first year.
Stage 2: Childhood = One through sixteen years.
Stage 3: Adolescence = Seventeen through twenty-nine years.
Stage 4: Adulthood = Thirty through forty-nine years.
Stage 5: Old Age = Fifty years +
While these ages can’t translate into human years for a direct comparison of time classifications that our society has for aging you, they can provide a fun way to look at your professional life and how you want to age your career to inspire some creative goals.
In order for you to ever feel accomplished in our overly connected, mildly minimizing world that you have to do more, be more, strive more, and a million other things that wear you down mentally and physically, you have to create the life you want by writing it out.
How to achieve it:
1) Define your definition of success. What it looks like, feels like, and actually is.
2) Know what you want. If you don’t know what you want, you’ll accept anything it won’t feel good.
3) Seeing is believe. Believe in yourself and if you don’t, send me a DM and I’ll connect you to the best of my abilities to someone that can.
4) As I said before, you have to write it out. Writing your life out will be a powerful tool for you to observe and track your professional success as well as a way to keep your mind balanced when life rocks your world.
5) Divide up your tasks to different days, weeks, months, and years so you can succeed and thrive.
6) Don’t look back at the past but check your notes to show you how far you’ve come. Just remember to keep your emotions in check. If you don’t you’ll make emotional decisions instead of rational ones.
7) Make. Your. Dreams. Come. True. No one else will ever keep your dreams alive and at the center of your attention if you don’t. You are the deciding factor in your life. Of course you’ll have things happen to you that could distract you and even take away the things you hold dear but you can’t let it break you. Keep your serenity and know that you can handle more than you ever dreamed possible.
For me, I believe that I’m in the “adolescence” phase with my professional life. Checking off goals while still adding a few news ones. I’m hoping to be in the space I desire with my growing family before I hit “adulthood” phase but I know there is still much work to be done. It’s the crazy lesson of “impact” that is providing me with fuel right now. To be more than just myself, to give back more and to help another life breathe a little easier. If I’m lucky it will be more than just one life.
Please know those are just my goals as I build the life of my dreams with the various bridges keep assist my desire to consistently evolve. If you’re not growing, you’re dying. Don’t die. It’s a wonderful life so live it accordingly.