Too many people whine about not having the life they want. The main reason people fall short of their own expectations is the same reason most companies fail to achieve their objectives: poor planning and execution. In fact, I am amazed at how many successful executives create strategy for their business, leaving their life to chance. Often it\'s more comfortable (note I didn\'t say easier) to complain and blame outside factors for lack of accomplishment or unhappiness than to take time to work on life rather than in it.
Here are the tips that will assure us success.
*1. Plan a Preferred Future*
As Lewis Carroll said: If you don\'t know where you are going, then any road will get you there.
*2. Be Pragmatic*
The future has to reflect what is physically possible with available resources and limitations.
*3. Decide the Who, Not the What*
We\'re defining who we want to be at 60, not what we want to be doing.
*4. Be Honest*
Allowing this dialogue requires intimate knowledge of each other and great trust. Pick your accountability partners wisely.
*5. Consider the Tools Around You, Old and New*
And I will also consider new resources like crowdsourcing.
*6. Ignore the Naysayers*
I live for constructive criticism. But outside perspective that is baseless conjecture or stems from emotional baggage (think dissatisfied family or friends) is destructive for achievers.
*7. Don\'t Settle for Mediocrity*
Too many people settle for what is easy rather than engage their energy and creativity to create something different and meaningful. Then they wonder why their work has no significance. I choose to pursue the Awesome Experience.