Have you ever wanted to accomplish something but been unsure how to get started? Or maybe you set a goal and then couldn’t figure out the right actions to take? Or you set the goal, started taking action – and nothing happened. No results – zip, nada, zero. So you stand there, stationary, wondering what bus just ran you over and why you haven’t accomplished anything?
Sometimes goal-setting is like trying to find your way out of a very large (and very confusing) maze (with clever traps trying to kill your progress and passion along the way). You know where you are, and you know where you want to be, but the area between “here” and “there” is shrouded in mystery and fear.
Well my friend, your fear and confusion are about to pack their bags and head off into the sunset because I’m going to take you by the hand and show you STEP-BY-STEP how to achieve any goal. That’s right – ANY GOAL! Yes, even the Big Hairy Audacious Goals! (side note: when I tell my friend Casey Eberhart some of my goals he says I’m just batshit crazy enough to do it. Methodical is one way. Fearless is another. Keep reading, you’ll see what I mean…)
Goal achievement is simply a process of moving from one place to another, just like the maze concept described above. If you don’t know the route that leads to your destination, you’ll just keep wandering around in circles.
But what happens when someone gives you a map, a step-by-step guide that told you exactly where to turn, which route to take, and led you easily to the end of the maze? I bet you’d have no trouble succeeding then!
The problem is that a map written by someone else can only help you so much. Unless the creator of the map lives inside your head and knows your unique position in life, your skills, your strengths, your weaknesses – any guide they provide will be vague and general; untargeted to what YOU want to accomplish. (Did you catch that? Vague. General. Untargeted. Does that really sound like a solution that will actually work? No, it doesn’t.
There is a solution, however. What if you could write your OWN map? What if you had a guide that could take you through a simple, step-by-step process that reveals the most focused action steps, how to prepare for dealing with obstacles, how to objectively evaluate your progress and change direction when necessary as you go along?
Stick around, because this multiple part blog post can give you that, and more. Come along with me as I guide you in developing your own focused, targeted, personalized map – a map that will lead you wherever you choose to go!
Are you ready? Grab a notebook and let’s begin. –> STEP 1
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