"Daenerys Stormborn of the House Targaryen, the First of Her Name, the Unburnt, Queen of Meereen, Queen of the Andals and the Rhoynar and the First Men, Khaleesi of the Great Grass Sea, Breaker of Chains, and Mother of Dragons."
That is quite the epic title. Regardless of your feelings towards Daenerys at this point in the story, you have to admit that she has the most badass title in all of the known universe.
This really got me thinking. Wouldn't it be cool if we had title's in the real world? I quickly realized that it probably wouldn't be as cool as I'm hoping.
Most of us would have the lamest titles ever.
"Bob Smith, First of His Name, Drinker of Many Beers."
"Mary Jones, First of Her Name, Enjoyer of Cold Pressed Juice and Master of Her Morning Run."
Not quite the same effect.
Here and Now
Ok. Fine. Maybe most of us wouldn't have the coolest titles right now, but that's ok. I think it's important to recognize what your title or titles would be right now. Take inventory of where you're at today.
If your friends had to give you a title right now, what would it be? Is it something that you'd be proud of? Is it something you'd be proud of 20 years from now?
I think it's important to frame this from the perspective of what other people around you would think about you. You have your own image of yourself and what you should be known for, but other people may have a totally different answer. Your reputation is what others think of you, not what you think of you. That's what we're focusing on here.
There and Then
Once you have a solid grasp on your title right now, it's time to think about what you want it to be. What do you want to be known for in the future? Maybe it's just being a better version of the things you do now, in which case you just need to put together a plan for how you improve to the level you desire. But maybe it's something totally different. If that's the case, then you really need to think about how you go from hear and now to there and then.
What do you need to do to earn those future titles? What do you need to improve? Who do you know who has a similar title right now that you can model?
What do you have to do to become the Breaker of Chains?