Vision 20/20

I realized last night that the year 2020 is only five years away from us. If you’re like me, you’ve always been told to have a five year plan. An actively updating five year plan. That means my five year plan from 2014 can’t simply just “be in it’s second year” in 2015. I have to update my 2014 plans to create a new vision in 2015. If you are a long-term thinker this is probably really easy for you, I know it is for me. I don’t think in terms of “in four years I’m going to do this and worry about the fifth year later.” I think in terms of “on the way to the fifth year I’m going to do this.” However, if you fall into the category of the former this might be a great year for you to reconsider how you approach the next five years.

2020 marks the beginning of a new decade. Where do you want to be when that moment hits? Are you prepared to start working towards that goal? If you’re dreaming big there’s no way your plan can simply wait. You need to start today, or better even have started already. Five years seems like so long but in reality its a blink of time. I’ve already lived over 4×5 years. I still feel like my life has been so short. When I logged on today I noticed I didn’t publish at all in April. It feels like I wrote my last blog post 2 weeks ago. Time moves much faster than we realize. Each morning we wake up, each night we go to sleep. What happens in between? How much of that do we remember? How much of that is worth remembering? Are we okay with that? Or do we need to do more?

How do we begin our journey down the road to 2020? What do we want to accomplish personally? What do we want the world to accomplish? What are our goals at home? at work? friendships? families? There are so many aspects to life that often don’t get equal attention, and they do not necessarily need the same attention. Goals should be prioritized, there’s always going to be something that’s more important than something else.  The only person that can identify importance is you. You cannot let someone else tell you your goals are minor or inferior to someone else’s. You cannot let someone else tell you you have the wrong priorities. You will not be successful if you let others dictate your success. There will come a time when these people are no longer in the role they play in your life now. This is true even with parents and spouses. As you grow and change their support for you will as well. Are you the same person you were five years ago? ten years ago? I hope not. Do the people in your life who were around five/ten years ago treat you exactly the same way? I hope not. Of course, your rock will always be your rock. Your main source of encouragement will always be a source of encouragement. Neither of these mean that it will be unchanging, however.

Will you be the same person you are now when 2020 comes? Will you have more accomplishments? How will you measure accomplishments? What accomplishments will fulfill you? What is missing? Ask yourself these questions. Make a list of answers. This should be a big project but you shouldn’t think of it as a daunting project. If you ask yourself these same questions tomorrow, next week, or next month your answers will probably vary slightly. By nature, you are dynamic; you are not not stagnant. You don’t get anywhere being stagnant because it’s unnatural. You were meant to grow and evolve and learn. How do you plan to do this in the next five years?

If you’re lacking inspiration think about the people in your life you admire. These could be people you know personally or people in the public eye you wish you knew. Think about the species in nature that are truly miraculous. We constantly put ourselves above other things in nature even with things as simple as walking on the grass; can the grass walk on you? I’m not advocating that we should treat ourselves as equals with everything in this world but rather that we should think about these things in nature we take for granted. How does the grass in the park withstand being trampled all day long? Would you survive that? In order to make ourselves better we must think about our weaknesses. Nobody likes to identify their weaknesses because it often causes us to feel inferior. However, if we commit to working on our weaknesses we will be even better than we were before.

So what’s your 20/20 vision for 2020? What do you hope to accomplish in the next five years? How do you hope to make yourself the best person you can be in five years? Where will you get your inspiration from? Where will you get your support from?

Enough questions, go ahead and get started. Make a list, save your list. Revisit your list, edit your list. Accomplish tasks on your list. Reward yourself. The goal is to be proud of your accomplishments and abilities. You can do it!

Published by She Got The PhD

A web-based soapbox of an Assistant Professor of color in Chemical Engineering; sharing my feelings on books, academia, and current events. I hope you enjoy reading :)

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