Step Four:
create a 3-5 year vision and choose a 12 month focus to set you on track for the longer-term vision


As the fourth step in creating Your Next Chapter Map, we will do some mapping out of the next 3-5 years of your life. Even if you know exactly what it is you want to do (for example, starting a business) it is still incredibly helpful to get a sense of what you want your life to look like 3-5 years from now. This will help to make sure that the business you create (or whatever change it is that you want to make) supports and fits into the life that you want to live in the slightly longer term.

In this step, I will help you to get clear on what you want your longer-term Midlife Courage Project to be - a vision of the most satisfying, fulfilling and meaningful life you want to be living or the things that you want to have created or accomplished in the next 3 to 5 years. 

There is a quote from Lily Tomlin which I love:


All my life I wanted to be somebody. Now I see I should have been more specific.
— Lily Tomlin

In this step of Your Next Chapter Map, I will help you to get really, really, really specific about the life you want to be living 3 to 5 years from now. We may look out even further in the future depending on your family circumstances. For example, if all of your children will have left home 6 years from now, you might want to get clear on what you want your life to look like at that point so that the plans you make for each of the years between now and then will be laying a foundation to bring that longer-term vision to life.


The cost of inaction is vast. Don’t go to your grave with your best work inside of you. Choose to die empty.
— Todd Henry

Once you know your longer-term vision, you will decide what you want to focus on during the next 12 months so that you are on track to bring that 3 to 5 year vision to life. In this session, we will do some reverse-engineering with regard to the longer-term vision.

Too often we keep repeating the same year over and over again and that year doesn’t move us toward the life we really, really, really want to be living. One of the problems with New Year’s Resolutions is that, when we make them, we are only considering the year ahead rather than looking at the year ahead in the context of what we want to experience, create and accomplish in the three, five or ten years ahead.


Don’t live the same year 75 times and call it a life.
— Robin Sharma