I once attended an event where an executive was giving a presentation. Before he presented, his bio was read. After the reading, he thanked the person and said, “Now that you know what I do, I am now going to tell you who I am.” He discussed how his experiences, the challenges he overcame, and how the people he met helped to shape his life. He further explained while he was afforded access to various opportunities, it was the challenges that tested his fortitude and determination to achieve, and how those challenges made him a stronger and wiser person.
Like the executive, we all have had numerous experiences, people in our life, and challenges that influenced our thoughts and direction. Those experiences, whether positive or negative, have impacted our faith, vision, and stamina in running the race of life. Regardless to where we are today, it is key that we fulfill our God-given purpose. Part of the ingredient to finding and carrying out our purpose is to conduct an inventory of our life, skills, and creating a personal PLOT. By completing the two and developing an action plan, you would position yourself to reignite your purpose in your life.
Below are preliminary questions you should ask yourselves to get a clear perspective of who you are, what you stand for, and where you are going. If you are not comfortable and unclear with any of your answers, determine what is driving your behavior. If it is unclear to determine, please seek wise counsel to assist you.
- Who am I, what do I believe in, will not tolerate, and what impact do I have on others?
- Have I planned my life accordingly and with purpose?
- Have I been focused on reaching my goals?
- How do I respond when I have setbacks; do I take setbacks as an opportunity to regroup and learn or do I fall apart?
CREATING YOUR PLOT
Your PLOT is geared to explore and bring to light your passion, limitations, opportunities, and traps on your journey. This process, like the above questions, will require you to reflect and conduct an inventory of yourself. Below are examples of questions you should ask yourself.
- What is a task you love to do?
- What are your natural talents and skills that will make you marketable?
- What is a task that is extremely easy for you to accomplish that others find difficult?
- What is your brand and what others say are your talents?
- What are your values that will set you apart from others?
- What is a task that is tough for you to accomplish?
- What skills do you not have that is needed to achieve your goals?
- What fears you have that hinders you in accomplishing your goals?
- What benefits would you receive on your career choice?
- What new technology can help you?
- What is the forecasted growth of the career/industry you are aspiring to enter?
- Who could mentor you and what organizations can you join?
- What are the challenges that could hinder you from accomplishing your goal(s)?
- Is your career job/industry stable, transforming, or becoming obsolete?
- Is the economy affecting you from achieving your goal(s)?
- Are my fears my traps?
By applying a PLOT to your life, this will give you more direction and focus. After gaining insight into your PLOT, develop an action plan for correcting and/or carrying out your discoveries. All the best in your future endeavors!
Alan D. Benson is the President of Benson Group, LLC and the author of this article.