Ed Hawco at blork blog asks a great thought provoking question:
What would you do if you had a free year, all to yourself, to dedicate to whatever you wanted? Assume money was not a problem -- you've just received a $60,000 Monkey Grant.
Would you spend your year travelling? Reinventing yourself? Would you go back to school to reorient your career? Would you try to see every movie you ever wanted to see? Forget about crazy things like flying to the moon or whatever -- think about what you would really do, if you could spend a year doing something you really want to do.
It's a great question if you are currently wondering where to go next. I love limiting it to a year, because it makes it more focused and gives it a degree of urgency. What would be important enough for you to pack into that year? Where are your priorities?
I just got back from a great brainstorming session with Lisa Haneberg and Kathleen Ream where we each spent some time talking about where we want to take things in the coming year and offering each other ideas and suggestions.
I read Ed's post with that conversation fresh in my mind. I ran it through my brain a few times, and ultimately realized that I'm doing exactly what I would be doing if I had a free year. I would probably take a month or so off to travel in Southeast Asia, but other than that the content of my plan wouldn't change.
There's something validating and empowering about knowing that I'm exactly where I need (and want) to be.