Amy Rees Anderson

Who Do You Want To Be?

“Sometimes you need to step outside, get some air, and remind yourself of who you are and who you want to be.”   -unknown.

This Labor Day weekend was fabulous because it allowed me that time to sit back and remember exactly what and who I want to be.  I think it is so important to have a direction in our lives.  To have a vision of where we are trying to go and what we hope to accomplish.  One of my favorite quotes is the quote from Alice in Wonderland where Alice has come to a fork in the road and she asks the Cheshire Cat which way she should go.  Says Alice:

`Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here?’
`That depends a good deal on where you want to get to,’ said the Cat.
`I don’t much care where–‘ said Alice.
`Then it doesn’t matter which way you go,’ said the Cat.

If we don’t have a vision for the future, then we have no idea of where to take our next step.  But if we can sit down and really think through the question “what do I want to be when I grow up?” (and I think this question applies to all of us, regardless of our age), and if we ask ourselves the question “what is the end result that I hope to achieve with my life?”, then we will find that our path on how to achieve that end result will become much more apparent to us and it will help us start to set goals in our lives that can lead us there.

Setting goaIs is critical.  It is amazing to compare the lives of those who set goals in their lives against the lives of those who don’t set goals and just tend to go where the current takes them.  Is it any wonder that those people with goals and direction end up accomplishing so much more?   And it all begins with the simple act of writing those goals down.  Did you know that it’s said that less than 10% of people writ their goals down?  And of those who do nothing more than simply write them down, their percentage of completing their goals is unbelievably high compared to those who didn’t.  I personally like to take my written goals and turn them into a visual goal poster.  One that includes pictures of the end results I am trying to accomplish.  I have done goal posters since I hit my 20’s and it’s amazing what that goal poster will do for your life.  Trust me.  It is MAGIC!

And most of all, we need to decide the type of human being we want to be, our personal values we want to reflect.  A person of integrity.  A person of grace.  A person of love.  A person of virtue.  A person of…the list can go on and on, but it’s important to make that list for yourself and then evaluate how you are sizing up to the person you most want to be.   And yes, I do have a picture of Wonder Woman on my goal poster, because let’s face it – she can do pretty much anything!  Just listen to her theme song talking about how she is fighting for your rights, in her satin tights as she is changing the world…doess it get any better than that?!?   🙂

“Be the Type of Person You Want to Meet”

Yes, taking time to remind ourselves of who we are and who we want to be is one of the most therapeutic things we can do toward helping ourselves to become the best ‘us’ we can be.   I personally found that I still have a lot of things I need to work on to become my best self, but at least I have a list of what to work on and I have my set of goals to help get me there.  So at least I can be walking in the right direction 🙂

Have a great day everyone!


PS.  I got word that my son Dalton is safe and okay despite the hurricane and tornado last week.  Thank heavens for that blessing!



  • Georgiana Rundgren says:

    Thanks so much Amy! I am excited by your new ventures. I made my goal poster a couple months ago and it is exciting how it helps keep me focused on the road to who I want to be!

  • Georgiana Rundgren says:

    Sorry, I accidentantally did not put my correct email address in the last comment.

  • Anonymous says:

    I did a goal poster and I didn’t put down but fell in love and broke up. Its amazing what you put down on a poster board and or say in your head and it actually happens. Example: I mentioned to son this is a year of first meaning if we haven’t done it we will try or if we have done it and liked it we will do it again. We have this summer and will continue.

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