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The Odyssey Plan


Click here to hear this on my Spotify podcast for a more personal and detailed account.


 

A new year, 2022.

Resolutions, anyone?

"No, thanks.", would be my answer.


However, don't we all want to just press the reset button and make some changes every year? I think I badly need a reboot, after all, I have been in autopilot mode for so long that things have just fallen out of place. I am a non-practicing doctor who has been waiting for the Indian government to give me some clarity about my career path, yes I am a 'NEET PG aspirant'.


As '21 was coming to an end, like an OG GenZ person, I started looking out for some life advice, in search of a little perspective. what better place than YouTube for this? to my surprise, I did find something new and interesting.


Bill Burnett, a Stanford professor, and author talks about a way to reimagine and redesign your life. The Odyssey Plan.

It is simple in its outlook, you just have to answer three questions.

simplicity is more often than not far more complex than complexity itself.


here are the three questions.

  1. Five years from now, what would your life look like if you kept doing what you are doing right now and didn't change a thing about it?

  2. Five years from now, what would your life look like if everything you have today was taken from you?

  3. Five years from now, what would your life look like if money wasn't a problem and you didn't worry if people would laugh at you?

Easy, right?

Hell no!

Worth it?

No doubt.


Answering each question requires you to not just imagine but visualize your future self. What do you do for a living, what relationships do you give your time to, what is your side hustle, how much free time do you have, where do you live, and so on.

you don't just make a mind map with these answers, you write down each of them which gives more clarity and a conclusion to the whole exercise.


Now, there are many ways in which this can be fruitful, perhaps way beyond what the author originally wanted.


While I am in the process of making my own Odyssey plan, here are some things it helped me figure out.

- What is it that I value the most? No matter what path I take or which question I answer, what stays constant?

- If I continue to go down the same path, do I like my destination? Do I want to change it, tweak it or am I happy with my pace?

- Will I regret not choosing something else for myself in the future?

- Do I value relations, career, and myself equally or should I tone down on my enthusiasm in a certain domain?

- Am I in control of my own life?

- Am I mindful enough?

- How bad am I really doing?


Phew! That is a lot of perspectives to gain from answering three questions, no?

You can choose to go for a shorter or longer timeline as well, maybe answer these questions with one, two, three, or ten years in mind. I chose the first option.


So yes, that's my new year resolution right there, to complete this Odyssey plan. I would love to hear yours.



 

Click here to hear this on my Spotify podcast for a more personal and detailed account.

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