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Life Mapping: A Vision of Success
Success is more than economic gains, titles, and degrees. Planning for success is about mapping out all the aspects of your life. Similar to a map, you need to define the following details: origin, destination, vehicle, backpack, landmarks, and route.
Origin: Who you are
A map has a starting point. Your origin is who you are right now. Most people when asked to introduce themselves would say, “Hi, I’m Jean and I am a 17-year old, senior highschool student.” It does not tell you about who Jean is; it only tells you her present preoccupation. To gain insights about yourself, you need to look closely at your beliefs, values, and principles aside from your economic, professional, cultural, and civil status. Moreover, you can also reflect on your experiences to give you insights on your good and not-so-good traits, skills, knowledge, strengths, and weaknesses. Upon introspection, Jean realized that she was highly motivated, generous, service-oriented, but impatient. Her inclination was in the biological-medical field. Furthermore, she believed that life must serve a purpose, and that wars were destructive to human dignity.
Destination: A vision of who you want to be
“Who do want to be?” this is your vision. Now it is important that you know yourself so that you would have a clearer idea of who you want to be; and the things you want to change whether they are attitudes, habits, or points of view. If you hardly know yourself, then your vision and targets for the future would also be unclear. Your destination should cover all the aspects of your being: the physical, emotional, intellectual, and spiritual. Continuing Jean’s story, after she defined her beliefs, values, and principles in life, she decided that she wanted to have a life dedicated in serving her fellowmen.
Vehicle: Your Mission
A vehicle is the means by which you can reach your destination. It can be analogized to your mission or vocation in life. To a great extent, your mission would depend on what you know about yourself. Bases on Jean’s self-assessment, she decided that she was suited to become a doctor, and that she wanted to become one. Her chosen vocation was a medical doctor. Describing her vision-mission fully: it was to live a life dedicated to serving her fellowmen as a doctor in conflict-areas.
Travel Bag: Your knowledge, skills, and attitude
Food, drinks, medicines, and other travelling necessities are contained in a bag. Applying this concept to your life map, you also bring with you certain knowledge, skills, and attitudes. These determine your competence and help you in attaining your vision. Given such, there is a need for you to assess what knowledge, skills, and attitudes you have at present and what you need to gain along the way. This two-fold assessment will give you insights on your landmarks or measures of success. Jean realized that she needed to gain professional knowledge and skills on medicine so that she could become a doctor. She knew that she was a bit impatient with people so she realized that this was something she wanted to change.
Landmarks and Route: S.M.A.R.T. objectives
Landmarks confirm if you are on the right track while the route determines the travel time. Thus, in planning out your life, you also need to have landmarks and a route. These landmarks are your measures of success. These measures must be specific, measurable, attainable, realistic, and time bound. Thus you cannot set two major landmarks such as earning a master’s degree and a doctorate degree within a period of three years, since the minimum number of years to complete a master’s degree is two years. Going back to Jean as an example, she identified the following landmarks in her life map: completing a bachelor’s degree in biology by the age of 21; completing medicine by the age of 27; earning her specialization in infectious diseases by the age of 30; getting deployed in local public hospitals of their town by the age of 32; and serving as doctor in war-torn areas by the age of 35.
Anticipate Turns, Detours, and Potholes
The purpose of your life map is to minimize hasty and spur-of-the-moment decisions that can make you lose your way. But oftentimes our plans are modified along the way due to some inconveniences, delays, and other situations beyond our control. Like in any path, there are turns, detours, and potholes thus; we must anticipate them and adjust accordingly.
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Last week I met with about 35 High School students from a Native High School near the Navajo Nation in Page, AZ. The City of Page is within the Grand Circle, which attracts tourists from all over the world. It is part of a Home Town Competitiveness (HTC) Program to help the City of Page businesses succeed during both Winter & Summer. I am one of the Business Coaches for the program & I volunteered to be the Entrepreneurial Coach for these young entrepreneurs. To start out with, I related to them with my story, as a Navajo from Shiprock, NM, Navajo Nation, who has worked with quite a few start-ups & even started a half a dozen brick & mortar companies, as well as online companies. I showed them some of my online companies and told them about the many failures (& what I learned from them!). Currently I started another company called "DC Internet Technology", which specializes in Local & Mobile Marketing, here in Page, AZ.
Showed them starting out online with Evans Craig, Social Network Connoisseur at www.EvansCraig.com I work with entrepreneurs& small companies, then with DC Internet Marketing at www.DC-Internet-Marketing.com, where I work with companies & large corporations, & finally now, with DC Internet Technology at www.DC-Internet-Tech.com, where I work with local companies to get more customers from the community (via Social Networking) and get more customers from our communities visitors (tourists) via Mobile Marketing. Getting the visiting tourists to look up from their smartphones, make an immediate decision to go to the found business (via a Mobile Site that features "Call-To-Action" Landing pages).
I also issued a Challenge to them;
- Challenge: To create an Online Business utilizing local resources
- Winners: (up to 5) Run through the "Starting Your Own Online Business Package" with FREE hosting up to 1 year.
Starting a Business with No Money
As a treat, I would like them to see an episode of Marie Forleos', "How To Start a Business with No Money".
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Starting a Business with Only an Idea
When all you have is an idea, what do you do to make that idea come to life?
To get them to know what to do with that idea, I had them fill out two forms;
- A Marketing Questionnaire called build your online marketing plan - It helps them brainstorm about their idea & how it will be implemented
- A 3 page Business Plan - (YES, 3 pages) It helps them figure out what resources are needed to make their idea come to life, financially, as well as laying out the needed resources.
Starting a Business with No Resources
So how can you start the business with NO resources, you can't, but a little bit of brainstorming with;
- The Marketing Questionnaire called build your online marketing plan - It helps them brainstorm about their idea & how it will be implemented
With the help of others doing the same kind of thing, you all of the sudden have lots of like-minded resources. Just meeting with these others and brainstorming together for 1/2 hour, about each idea, will usually help you find the local resources, when you thought there were none! So start a MeetUp for Local Businesses & have a few Networking Rounds to gather up your local resources. Start with the joining the local Chamber of Commerce, they usually have Networking Meetings every month. There You Go, my first meeting with the students & we will see which ones actually fill out the two questionnaires. I'll continue this later, but next;
- I will be meeting with local businesses to see how pooling our resources together, we can all succeed in making our existing businesses a Growth business.
This next series of HTC meetings will be with 10+ selected local businesses, interviewing them, & gathering the needed resources to take their business to the next level!
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