Has someone asked you that question recently? Who am I kidding. I am sure all of us have been asked that by someone or the other. I sure as hell used to ask that question to a bunch of people as an attempt to help and guide them along.
It seems like a very rational approach. Pick where you want to be 5 years from now, make a plan to get there, and execute. Simple. Companies work like that, some governments work like that. Why not us, individuals?
The problem however is the following: look at the last 5 years of your life and ask your self – are you now at the place you wanted to be 5 years ago? I bet, for most of us, the answer is not exactly. Yes, we achieved a lot, and ticked off a great deal from our list, but was the journey exactly according to plan?
The more I think about this question, I realize that planning for a 5 year horizon, or even for that matter a 1 year horizon can sometimes be too much for our human brains. More often than not, your success depends on whether you can plan more immediate term goals – a week, a month, maybe 3 months.
The trick is in consistency. If you continue to hit your weekly, monthly and 3-month goals on a consistent basis, you will likely achieve the “supposed” 5 year plan in the next 2 years. In other words, let’s live in the present my friends! :)