This post was inspired by another article from Investor's field guide with the same title.
There's this question that's always been asked in a job interview: "Where do you see yourself in 5 years?"
My hiring manager asked me that question in my first job interview. I blurted something at that time, which I don't remember now. But never have I thought working remotely for a company outside your own country was possible at that time, which is where I am now.
In hindsight, asking that question had little influence on my career trajectory.
What I did realize is I get to where I am today without really setting the goal for it.
I just keep improving my skills until someone is willing to hire me for remote work.
I just lift weight on a weekly basis until I can lift really heavy.
So instead of asking where do you see yourself in five years. What if we ask ourselves: "what things do you think are important to do every day?"
I think this is much better than setting a goal, at least for me.
I want to improve my career opportunities, so I would need to become a better writer by writing consistently every day.
I want to remain healthy and active when I get old, so I make sure I make sound food choices every day and workout consistently.
I want to be productive, so I need to make sure I get enough sleep every night and measure my output instead of input.
This becomes a continual effort you're willing to do long term without worrying about what to do after you've hit a certain goal.