Guide rails: Mapping Out Your Identity

In this episode, Tom unpacks the idea of mapping out your future self.  What do you want to be known for, as, and by? You are not going to be accidentally successful but mapping out who you want to be is the most powerful tool you can have in making sure you become that!

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3 Must-Hear Takeaways from this episode

You and I are never going to be accidentally successful. It is going to take a plan, a roadmap, some guard rails (or “guide” rails).

Amateurs grow by trial and error. Professionals get a coach.

Sometimes you don’t see your own progress because it happens slowly.

Show Notes:

Facing his 40th birthday, Tom asks himself the question, “What do I want to be known for?” As a result, he learned some key areas and “guide rails” to move from where he is, to where he wants to be.

Map out goals and dreams to create guide rails.

Embrace guide rails to avoid distractions and things that take you off course Guide rails help your decided when to say “yes” to and when to say “no.”

Guide rails map out the growth track of our lives. It lets us know what we should be doing to move forward to our goals and growing.

Tom’s personal 20-year identity map

  • Be ridiculously generous
  • Leaving a legacy for his family: Experiences over stuff
  • Be known as an author and coach

Mapping out your identity gives you a measuring tool for the progress in your life. 

Even if you miss your goal, but have grown, you are so much better than you would have been without a measuring tool in place.