Who are you? I mean, who were you before your family, culture, and society inscribed on your slate with their unsolicited opinions about your passions, goals, dreams, and visions? Who says others’ perceptions have to define your reality? Return to those feelings of childlike limitlessness. You are the master of your fate. You choose your life path.
Mind-mapping can help you take inventory of your current state of mind, priorities, and desires. Below are some questions you can ask yourself to pave the way.
What & Who
passion: What were your favorite things to do in the past? What about now? (activities, events, hobbies, projects, etc.) When have you felt most switched on, alive, energized? What moments have given you feelings of great love, deep satisfaction, or purpose? What were you doing?
flow: What activities make you lose track of time? What makes you feel great about yourelf?
gifts: What are you naturally good at (skills, abilities, etc.)? If you had to teach something, what would you teach? What do people typically ask you for help in?
role models: Who inspires you most? (Anyone you know or do not know–family, friends, authors, artists, leaders, etc.) Which qualities do they share?
identity: You are now 90 years old, sitting on a rocking chair outside your porch; you can feel the spring breeze gently brushing against your face. You are blissful and pleased with the wonderful life you’ve been blessed with. Looking back at your life, all that you’ve achieved and acquired, and all the relationships you’ve developed, what matters to you most? List them out.
goals: What would you regret not fully doing, being or having in your life? What do you want your epitaph to be?
nostalgia: Which memories most electrify your body/mind when you think of them?
struggles: What are the greatest problems you have encountered in your life?
perseverance: What were some challenges, difficulties and hardships you’ve overcome or are in the process of overcoming? How did you do it? In overcoming them, what talents, gifts, and ideas have you developed?
values: What are your deepest values? What causes do you strongly believe in and connect with?
calling: If you could get a message across to a large group of people, who would those people be? What would your message be?
mission: How could you use your abilities and passions to serve, to help, to contribute (to others, environment, etc.)?
lifestyle: If money were no object, you never had to work again, and everybody adored you as you are, what would you spend my days doing to feel most fulfilled and most alive? What would you do first thing when you got out of bed in the morning? How would you spend your day? Whom would you spend it with? Where would you spend your day? Where would you live? What would your home be like?
mindset: If your purpose were to use all your insights, experiences, and gifts to bring more love to the world, what would you do each day?