Today was the first day of the rest of my life and it makes me uneasy.
I graduated from Colorado State University on Saturday, May 15th and for the first time in my life I don’t know exactly what I’ll be doing a year from now. Fortunately, I have a great idea of what I want to be doing, but there is so much uncertainty.
As one of my last assignments in my capstone class I created a personal strategy plan to help me figure out who I am, what I want to do and how I’m going to get there. This is my proclamation for life after college.
My personal strategy plan has two parts:
- Personal Strategic Articulation Map (fancy, huh?!)
- Personal Strengths and Opportunities
Part I: Personal Strategic Articulation Map
A personal strategic articulation map sets the foundation for who you want to be with six sections:
- Mission – who you are
- Vision – what you want to do
- Values – things that you never, ever compromise/violate
- Market Differentiators – how you’ll be different from everyone else
- Strategic Objectives – how you’re going to measure if you’re successful
- Critical Processes – how you’re going to accomplish your vision
Part II: Personal Strengths and Opportunities
This part of my personal strategy plan is a lot like a SWOT Analysis, except it focuses only on the positives. Below is a list of the things that I’m good at and how I’ll use those strengths to unearth opportunities.
|I’m passionate about entrepreneurship.||I’ll be able to convey that passion through my work, through general networking and through speaking engagements. Since I’m passionate about it, I can work my butt off without it feeling like work.|
|I’m a visionary when it comes to building my company.||I know exactly what I want to do, how to do it and how I can convey that to others who want to help. People are a lot more willing to help someone with a clear direction than someone who just wants general guidance.|
|I’m stubborn when it comes to my mission and I would rather move home than get a job.||I’m not going to give up. I know that the products I want to continue developing are valuable. As long as they’re valuable, there is a way to sell them. I will figure this out even if it’s from my parent’s basement.|
|According to my GPA and other people I admire, I’m fairly intelligent.||I have the ability to think critically about my company so I will be able to solve problems as they hit. Plus, people want to work with intelligent people so I’ll be able to collaborate when the opportunities arise.|
|I’m optimistic about my future.||I am too dang smart and too dang passionate about my company for it not to work. I understand it takes about two years for a business to become profitable and I’m at 21 months, baby! As long as I follow my passion, I will find a way to make money because I’m going to be the best in the world at what I do.|
|I’m achievement motivated.||I’m not going to settle for realistic mediocrity. I never have. I have an intrinsic motivation to be successful and nothing can stop me. (Except, maybe a girl.) – Honesty and Transparency|
|I have a strong work ethic.||I have the ability to stay up all night working on something that I’m passionate about, sometimes on accident. When things need to get done, I’ll be able to get them done. Deadlines won’t phase me.|
|I love networking and talking about business.||It’s obvious when someone knows what they’re talking about. I will always enjoy meeting new people and talking to them about business. Since I have a genuine love for networking, people will be attracted to my passion and will be much more willing to give me advice.|
|I don’t watch TV (except for The Office and Minute to Win It).||Since I’m not hypnotized by the television, I’ll have a lot more time in my life to pursue the things I love.|
The Back-Up Plan
Let’s do this!