What do you want to be when you grow up?
A Saber Tooth Tiger was always my little brothers response.
Cool choice to be fair; a powerful predatory mammal, characterised by long, curved saber-shaped canine teeth, existing worldwide from the Eocene epoch to the end of the Pleistocene epoch (42 mya — 11,000 years ago), alive for about 42 million years.
Very cool choice indeed! But in my experience, highly unlikely!
The reason I’m sharing his modest plans for his future, is that when we are young we have clear dreams of what we want to achieve, without applying any constraints, we don’t care, we just want to do or be something.
As we become a little wiser and a little more experienced we realise that there are certain limitations placed on us, like our skeletal form and our need to shop in the market for our food rather than hunting on the plains with our predatory mammals friends.
We should though, still remain as optimistic as ever and redefine our plans! What do we want to be, becomes…
What kind of person do I want to be?
This questions is super important in defining who we surround ourselves with, what we are thinking about on a daily basis, what deserves our focus, what kind of living we want to create for ourselves and what legacy do we want to leave behind. Knowing who you want to be allows you to clearly define what you stand for.
It’s ok not to have all of the answers to these questions but you should have thoughts and ideas about what you want to do in your life. It may take you a while to discover the answers but as soon as you do, you’ll say to yourself, I want to do that!
When you are tooled up with these thoughts and feelings and understand what drives you, your direction and purpose will become clear and you will make your mark on this world. You will be doing what you want to do.
In true theoretical fashion, the answers to these questions are not the answer. The answer is that you are thinking about what you want kind of person you want to be and then letting your day to day behaviour support and validate this person.
If you don’t get the results you want, go back to the questions, think about them and start again.
Knowing who you want to be, will help you to put the plans in place to achieve your desired life, the way you want it to be.