Personal Assessment

‘Think simple’ as my old master used to say—meaning reduce the whole
of its parts into the simplest terms, getting back to first principles.

Frank Lloyd Wright

Don’t despair. You’re not alone. Most of us need some form of guidance and direction to create blueprints for the rest of our lives. That’s what this course is going to help you do. By the end of this course, you will be the architect of your destiny.

Consider this: You would not think of getting into a car and driving around, hoping to find your destination without knowing exactly how to get there. Unfortunately, much of the population evidently does just that. Too many don’t analyze where they are and have no definitive and time-based plans for where they are going.

We should be able to be the architects of our own destinies, to achieve and enjoy our lives in our chosen paths, and, yes, to enjoy happiness and peace of mind. But in order to do that, we must first know where we are.

Where Are You?

Let’s take an honest look at your life right now. Read the following questions and the message that follows each. Think about your responses as you read but do not answer the questions until you get to the end of the lesson. The questions will be addressed in your next activity.

Do you have the desire to accomplish and achieve more?

Your response to this question should be thoughtful. Far too many individuals continue to work hard at what they do each and every day. Much of their work is dedicated to performing jobs or functions benefiting others. Regardless of what you do at any given moment in time, what you are doing should be part of your plan to enhance the quality of your life and the lives of those you love and cherish. If you truly desire to live a life of your design, then you must make sure that you are in control, that you are functioning as the architect, the designer and planner of your own life.

Do you have dreams, specific written goals and plans?

Business schools stress the importance of strategic plans and you’ll find that a tremendous amount of effort and resources go into the planning process in corporations, governments and organizations all around the world each and every year. Often, high-priced consultants are retained whose only focus is to help guide upper management through the process. It is very unlikely that you’ll find a Fortune 500 company without an extremely detailed three- to five-year plan. In other words, no successful business is going to ignore the value of a well-thought-out and detailed plan for its operations for both the present and the future.

With such strong supporting evidence in the business world for the importance of goal setting and planning, you would think that teaching and coaching students to understand the importance of these activities would be required study throughout the entire educational process. But…