Start your engines!
Updated: Jul 29, 2020
Hello again! This is the third and final instalment of the My Kagami Personal Growth Process. Hopefully some of you are quite sad – but fear not this is not my last post!
In the past two posts, I’ve spoken specifically about starting self-discovery and then about reflecting. In this post I hope I will be able to bring it altogether for you. Without this, the other two don’t work quite so well; in fact, you kind of have to do all 3 to really get going and growing as an individual.
So, like me and many before and many after, you’ve either had an experience, done an assessment, read or watched something or whatever it is and has prompted an urge in you. You then tried to understand that urge and its deeper meaning through reflecting on it and through those reflections you’ve realised some things. Now what you might ask? Well I’m here to tell you.
After you’ve experienced those realisations in the earlier two stages you can do one of two things. The first, and easiest and also most boring thing you can do is just sit on it. You don’t have to change anything you don’t want to or you can keep doing the same things that you’re already doing. It’s easy. Change is hard, I get it. If that’s what you’ve decided that’s okay too. But, if you’ve decided that you do want to do something about it, well I’m here to help… hopefully.
As I just mentioned, changing things is hard. Changing things with no direction or structure is even harder and one can often find themselves going in circles. Change is also difficult but it is also very rewarding.
I like to follow a three-step process using mykagami and it’s quite useful as you’ve already got your discovery reports and reflections right in front of you.
Create a vision
Now to break the process down further, it’s super important to make sure you think long and hard about the direction you want to take your life. This is where coming up with a vision comes into play. You have to visualise and think specifically about what you want. For example, your vision might be to live in a foreign country or you might be going for a promotion.
So let’s carry on with this example, you’ve decided that you want to go live in a new country and follow your dreams of having a beach life or something. Time to create your actions. You have to plan these things, make sure you’re prepared, packed, made the necessary arrangements and given the dog to mum. Sorted. But, “Oh no!” you say, “How do I plan all this?” Well this is where I like to use the mykagami roadmap feature. You put your vision in the top right hand corner and fill in your necessary goals and then pop in the tasks by the necessary time frames. For me, it works really well because it helps me visualise clearly what I need to do and when I need to do it.
Finally the last step, just do it, as Nike has always said. You have to put the key in the ignition, clutch down, car into first and foot on the accelerator. The only person that can make those first steps is you and despite any circumstance, you’re the only one that can realise what you want in life. In my younger days, I used to say frequently, “just back yourself.” I think I forgot about that for a long time but it’s comforting to know that it’s true. I wish you luck on your journey.