What do you want to be when you grow up?

Have you ever looked back at old school papers from grade school about what you wanted to be when you grow up? I don’t have a corner office on the 36th floor in a major metropolitan area, but I own a multimedia agency. I am happy that what I wanted as a child, for the most part, has come true. I stayed the course through thick and thin. I stayed the course even when I didn’t know where I was going and where I would end up. 

I was scanning hard copy family photos from the ’80s and ’90s. Some of them have become a snapshot of my future. I used to decorate my bedroom and tree fort walls with ads from the Wall Street Journal and Architectural Digest. I would also tear out ads or layouts from layouts and tape them onto the poster board. What I didn’t consciously realize I was doing was creating vision boards. 

What I posted on my walls was what I like or what I wanted to have. I still have a few of the clippings to this day of a rose gold Patek Phillipe watch ($43,000). If one day I can afford one, I don’t know if I can succumb to purchasing it. Just knowing how hard I had to work to get there and all the things/people I could help with that amount of money would make that purchase unlikely. I've settled for a rose gold Fossil watch that I bought on sale ($60.00), with a coupon I was gifted after donating clothes to Goodwill. 

I keep the clipping of the Patek Phillipe watch because it is a symbol to stay motivated. To this day, I clip quotes, statements, and images from magazines. They are my guide for who I want to morph into or what I want to accomplish. Having a vision for what you want to achieve is essential. The next step is to create a plan to achieve that vision. Plans are meant to change, but they keep you focused. Remember, “Hold the vision, trust the process.”