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Why framing the big picture for your life NOW takes the fear out of decisions about those big life transitions every time

If you have a lot of free time and can afford the fuel, you can hit the road and drive with no intended destination. Although, due to lack of time, resources, or interest, the trip will end somewhere. Since you had no planned destination, what are the chances you’ll be happy about where your trip ended?

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In “Through the Looking Glass,” Lewis Carroll offers this dialog between Alice and the Cat.

Alice: Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here?

The Cat: That depends a good deal on where you want to get to.

Alice: I don’t much care where.

The Cat: Then it doesn’t much matter which way you go.

Alice: …so long as I get somewhere.

The Cat: Oh, you’re sure to do that, if only you walk long enough.

I often work with people who have the opportunity (chosen or imposed) for a major life transition – a job change, major move, major purchase, career change, or an empty nest. But, they don’t have a clear sense of what they want to accomplish and why – their purpose and mission.  They have no guiding principle for making these huge life decisions. As a result, they may move without purpose or focus from transition to transition “walk[ing] long enough” to “get somewhere.” What are the chances they will be happy about where their choices take them?

Without a clear idea of your life’s purpose and mission, it’s a good bet that you will reach the end of life and hear these thoughts rattling around in your head.

  • How did I get here? Is this what I wanted? Is this all there is?
  • I regret not planning better.
  • I should have . . .

Or, if you get clear about your purpose and mission now and make today’s decisions in light of it, you can reach the end of life with thoughts more like these.

I’m happy, content, and fulfilled with how things turned out. They’re not perfect, but they’re good enough.

Identifying and clearly stating your purpose and mission can go a long way toward making choices today that you will be happy about at the end of your life. Here’s a free Mission Statement Development Exercise that can help you —

Most people find this is a challenging exercise that requires the support of a coach to get it done in a way that feels complete and satisfying. The safe, supportive, challenging environment of a coaching relationship can help you get past the negative thinking, stay on task, create a fresh dream for the rest of your life, and start toward greater clarity today. Many people tell me that coaching has been essential in their success in this project.

Contact me today for a unique coaching arrangement that will support you in clearly identifying your values, purpose, and mission to guide your life through to the end without regret.

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