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Unsuccessful People Don’t Know What They Want To Be

I don’t know what I want to be, beyond general terms. I know I want to be an expression of God’s love. I know I want to be a traveler. I know I want to be a force for good. I want to be a perpetual student.

Beyond that, I don’t know. I know what I want to do: everything.

What I’ve wanted to be before:

  • Astronaut
  • Journalist
  • Cartographer
  • Psychologist
  • Web Designer
  • Programmer
  • Teacher
  • Parent
  • Spouse
  • Doctor
  • Minister
  • Veterinarian
  • Pro Blogger
  • Entrepeneur
  • Sex Therapist

I’m sure there are others that I’m just blanking on. Most of these are occupations. You can be something that’s not an occupation; to be doesn’t have to equal to do.

The graphic mentioned that successful people keep a to-be list. I wonder how that works…

[Google break.]

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Okay I think I have a grip on this. I have added to my calendar the morning task of creating a to-be list. I look at my Google calendar every morning for my to-do list and the agenda of the day, so it makes sense to choose what to be at that time.

Some time ago I made a note to stick on my monitor that said, “How can I be more loving today?” Maybe I was doing this, just a little bit?

So, I know some of what I want to be. I know that my life mission is to be an expression of God’s love. I have a post-it here that says I want to be loving, a listener, and focused. In my occupational role I want to be a caregiver to my team and our customers. In my marriage I want to be someone who makes his life better.

Does that get it?