We should ask ourselves that question at the beginning of every week. If we do not, then we will fail to achieve the results we truly desire and sort of take what we get rather than planning for and anticipating how great it could be. It doesn’t take using a crystal ball, but it does require having a vision for where we want to be short term and long term.
Do you feel like random things come your way and life turns into a whirlwind? This may be true in your professional or personal life. In my years of interfacing with top performers a common thread rings true: “Those who are truly successful either find circumstances that help them and if they cannot find them, they go out and make them!” You never wait for success to come and find you, you go out and find it. If you are looking hard enough, you can find a way to make things happen that are congruent with what you want.
Having a vision for your life must involve projecting yourself into the future and taking a look around and being observant of what it is like. Try starting off your week, with planning and having a clear picture where you want to be at the end of the week. What do you want and how will you get it.
You might say, “OK, if it’s so easy, then how does it all work”. Excellent question. Here are some things I’ve picked up from highly successful people that can help get you started in the right direction.
Key #1: Know where you want to go; Without a clear destination, we will not get to where we wish to be. Think of it as a plane preparing to fly. It has a starting point and a final destination. From there a determination is made as to the best way to get there and what will be required. They have to build in who will fly the plane, how much fuel is needed, what snacks and beverages will be consumed, how they will book the flight, what time the plane will leave in order to arrive on time, other factors that may affect like weather, air traffic, and a myriad of other factors that must be thought out way in advance. Here is an interesting fact: A plane going to Hawaii is off course 95% of the time. Constant adjustments are made to get back on course and somehow they get to their destination.
Key#2: Set reasonable and measurable goals; Setting realistic goals will help build success. And we don’t want to set them too small, but make them achievable. For example; if you normally only can run for 20 minutes without a break, a long term goal may be to run a marathon someday. Realistically, you will have to work up to that point. You may want to add 10 minutes a week and stick to it. That way you will be able to build on what you achieve every week.
Key #3: Set stretch goals; Hey, don’t make it too easy. Using the previous key, maybe you should push yourself a little and do more. I like to set goals that are just beyond what you think you can achieve. And if you achieve too easily, then raise the bar. I have had to do this many, many times in my life.
Key#4: Make yourself accountable; Lack of accountability can be a curse and set yourself up for failure. If you have a coach, friend, or someone you can talk with, it will be helpful. If not, then at least write down you goals with what you actually did.
Key #5: Know WHY you set this goal; If you cannot definitively articulate why you wish to achieve something, then you will probably never accomplish it. Understanding what it means to you is a huge factor in personal achievement.
Key #6: Remember that the process is important; Don’t forget to enjoy the process and to go about it in an honest and ethical manner. The destination is important, but so is the way you arrive at your destination.
Take time every week, before the week begins, to get quiet and set your vision for how your week will go and what you will achieve. The more clear we are on what we want and why, the more clear our reality will be.
Remember to always “ignite your passion”