Most people don't ask themselves this one question, will you?
Have you ever really thought about the one big question in life?
"What do you hope to achieve and what kind of person do you want to be?"
Have you really stopped to think about the bigger picture and where your life is going?
People who spend time answering these questions with clarity and depth come to find that the only thing that gets in their way is themselves.
This is because thinking about where you came from, who you are and where you are going, helps you chart a simpler and more rewarding path through life.
So how do you do it effectively?
One way is to really put yourself into the future by visualising the kind of life you want for yourself and then writing a letter back to yourself from that future.
How to do it
Put yourself in the perspective of three to five years from now and then consider the questions below.
(Spend about five minutes on each one of these questions and don't be afraid to close your eyes and daydream a little).
Be visionary, dream big, and really imagine yourself experiencing your future while you think about the questions below.
What experiences would like to have?
How would you like to grow professionally and personally?
What contribution would you like to make to society?
What relationships would you like to have?
How are you spending your leisure time?
Think about how you need to change and who you need to be.
Think about any challenges that you need to overcome.
Once you've spent time really considering these questions sit down and write yourself a letter from the future.
Be expressive, imagine the future you reading this letter so fill it full of hope and emotion.
Start your committed action
Once you've written your letter, then the next step is to start to take action to achieve your future.
Most people overestimate what they can achieve in a short space of time but underestimate what they can achieve in the longer term.
But the key thing is to start to take action today to make your future happen.
The fact is you don't know how your life will unfold between now and when the imaginary date of your future letter arrives.
But if you stay stuck without taking any action it will never be delivered.
Start taking action today and ask yourself that one big question.