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Where do you see yourself if 5 years?

"Where do you see yourself in 5 years?" That is a question you're typically asked while interviewing for a new job. Don't you hate that question? The reason you hate it is probably because it's so cliche. But, just like most cliches, it's cliche because it's important. You need to know where you are going, in order to get there! Makes sense, right? If you were going on a road trip, you would identify the destination prior to leaving. Then why is it so outrageous for someone to ask you where you see yourself in 5 years. The answer may make you angry... So, if you don't want to read something that will challenge you, go ahead and stop reading here.

Turn Around, You're Lost! The reason you hate that question is because, you don't know the answer. Admit it! (If you do, then please disregard). Be honest with yourself, do you really know where you will be in 5 years. Nobody truly knows where they will be, or what they'll be doing in 5 years. A lot can happen to throw off even the best laid plans. But the point of the question is not to get it right, it's to show that you understand the importance of planning your life. Just because you can't control the future doesn't mean that you don't try to. The most successful people in the world understand the importance of setting goals. Another phrase to describe this is "Designing your life". The first step to designing your life is to set goals. Goals are the destination. The second step is to develop a plan to achieve those goals. The plan is the navigational chart - Without a plan, a 'goal' is just a 'wish'. Without both of those, you will never truly reach your full potential.

Homework: Set Some Goals When you get home tonight, sit down with your spouse, kids, or anyone else that you trust, and develop the answer to that question posed earlier. When you're defining your goals, remember to follow the S.M.A.R.T. formula.

  • S - Specific - Identify exactly what you want to accomplish.

  • M - Measurable - Make sure you can track it. That way you know when you've achieved it.

  • A - Actionable - You need to make sure that YOU can have a direct impact on your goal. Don't say "I want to own the moon". Unless you can take action steps and get it.

  • R - Rewarding - If your goal isn't rewarding, you won't stay interested in it. So make it HUGE!

  • T - Time Sensitive - Put a time limit on it. In this case, use 5 years as the time frame.

How does this relate to a franchise? If your 5 year plan includes owning your own business, we want to talk to you. Click the link below and start a discussion with one of our Franchise Advisors to see if this opportunity is a fit for you.

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