September 25, 2007

What would ??? do

Someone recently asked me where I see myself in five years, and I actually started laughing. It was not one of my finer moments as far as being a grown-up goes.

While I’m not really a big fan of long-term planning, I am beginning to think that “hope interesting stuff magically happens” isn’t working out so well either.

Quinn suggested awhile ago that she was considering “What Would Cher Do” as a personal mantra when faced with difficult decisions or awkward situations. I suggested “What Would Darth Vader Do” instead (Aside - choosing your decision-making role model is almost endlessly entertaining if you, like me, are easily entertained).

Now seemed as good a time as any to revisit this question. But I couldn’t really decide on exactly the right role model, so I’m just going for W.W.S.W.A.P.D. – What Would Someone with a Plan Do. It gives you the same kind of guidance as the What Would Jesus Do folks get, but it’s for agnostics with poor goal-setting skills.

So far I’ve identified the following things that Someone with a Plan might do:

1. Have a plan, including long-term goals

2. Set specific, actionable short and medium-term goals that will move you towards your long-term goals

Well shit, this is going to be way harder than I thought...


Siercia said...


Now I'm going to be thinking all day about who my decision making role model should be.

Kelley said...

I have to admit, I am still on the "hope interesting stuff magically happens" bandwagon.

Whatever you do, never follow the "What would Britney Spears do?" :)

Sarah said...

Recently I had the"What Would Tim Gunn Do?" moment when it came to my fashion sense. First off, he would probably set fire to my closet.

(Oh, he's the guy from Project Runway!)

Risa said...

Just think about "What Would Paris Do?" and you're already better off.
But, really, I think being a "grown-up" sucks.

francois said...

"Whatever you do, never follow the "What would Britney Spears do?" :)"

Its not possible to predict what Britney would do. Just as I think she has reached the lowest point, down she goes.

Deb said...

What Would Darth Vader Do? Breath hard. Got it covered. Maybe it would be more effective with the mask.