Who Do You Aspire to Be?
Aspirations are life goals akin to castles in the clouds. To reach them, you must put a foundation under them.
“If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost; that is where they should be. Now put the foundations under them.” — Henry David Thoreau
Aspirations are not material outcomes. They are life goals aligned with what is meaningful in your life. Each one serves as a daily guide, keeping you focused on what is important.
Examples of aspirations:
“I am the best parent on the planet.”
“I am an adventurer who climbs Mount Everest.”
“I am a writer who shares stories with the world.”
“I speak Spanish fluently.”
The possibilities are endless.
How do you identify your aspirations? Start by asking the following questions:
“What inspires me in life?”
“What do I find truly fulfilling in life?”
“What brings me happiness?”
“What doesn't feel like work?”
“What have I done in life that felt like its own reward?”
Then answer with...
Things to do → think big here, like bucket list items
Objectives to achieve → financial, professional, etc.
Places to go → a once in a lifetime adventure
Skills to learn → hobbies you enjoy, skills you dream of, etc.
Knowledge to share → writing, speaking, coaching, etc.
Write down whatever pops into your mind. Be honest with yourself. Remove all filters and expand your thinking. Anything is possible at this point.
You are building castles in the clouds.
Try out each new castle by asking what the owner would do on a day to day basis. Answer with effective supporting habits.
Be bold and adventurous. You are capable of so much more than you know!