Living life either of design or default – which do you do? Living a life of default means drifting along, not really knowing who you are or where you are heading. In a life of default, circumstances often control the person rather than the other way around. A life by design on the other hand, is purposeful, planned and shored by the knowledge of who you, and your strengths, weaknesses and interests are.
Why is it easier to organise and compartmentalise every aspect of our present life down to a holiday savings account than it is to plan the next five years? Planning our lives is akin to knowing who we are and what we want to achieve. A lack of planning is part of losing ourselves in the hustle and bustle of life. It’s quite ironic that we can lose something and miss it very quickly, but losing ourselves can easily go unnoticed.
As a 19th century Danish philosopher and theologian put it:
“The greatest hazard of all, losing one’s self, can occur very quietly in the world, as if it were nothing at all. No other loss can occur so quietly; any other loss - an arm, a leg, five dollars, a wife, etc., is sure to be noticed.” - Søren Kierkegaard.
Consciousness of our competencies
Knowing ourselves begins with consciousness of our competencies. Four possible combinations can be formed in this instance.
|Conscious of Competencies||Unconscious of Competencies|
|Conscious of Incompetencies||Unconscious of Incompetencies|
Any one of these four combinations can be our current state. What we try to avoid is being unconscious incompetents. This means we don’t know what we don’t know, which can be a recipe for a major setback.
I have always emphasised the need for entrepreneurs to plan. Planning starts from a well-planned day, to a well-planned year, to a well-planned life. You can, given the right intentions, planning and application of steps towards your goals, be the author of your own life. In this way you can create the life of your choosing.
Bartercard is not only a great way to grow you business but it also provides fantastic networking opportunities to learn from experts in their field. Get out there; ask your fellow Bartercard member what their plan is for the next five years. They could give you some good ideas of what to incorporate into your plan.
Author: Lindy Chen
Lindy hosts regular coaching seminars entitled, ‘Entrepreneurial Success Information Night’. During her presentation, Lindy discusses her own competency in leading a well-planned life by reflecting on her ability to help clients plan and execute their importing operations well. To book a seat, contact Lindy directly.
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