Do you know what you want out of life? Do you have trouble answering this question? If you are having a challenge with the question, let’s spend a little time with it today.
Do you know anyone who seems constantly lost in a fog of confusion? They go one way and then another. Sometimes, they latch on to something as if it’s the solution to all their problems, only to downgrade it a few months or weeks (sometimes days) later and move on to something or someone else. They just don’t seem to know what they want.
Maybe you’re a bit like this yourself. If so, perhaps it is time for you to get back in touch with your dreams, but do so in a very focused way. You see, you can’t achieve your goals if you don’t know what they are. You can’t even set goals, if you don’t have any dreams for yourself or your future.
So ask yourself, what would you like the end-results, the outcomes, to be for yourself at the end of five years? How about at the end of one year? Once you have that outcome, what will you see? What will you hear? What will you feel? Be as specific as possible, and write your answers down.
Yes, write your answers down. Writing them down makes them real, not something floating in and out of your consciousness. The physical act of writing strengthens the neural pathways you are creating, as you plan your future. Writing it down also gives you something solid to go back to, to refresh and reinforce. So whether you use paper and pencil or some electronic device, write them down. This will be your “future reference” for comparison.
Then, examine current reality (how things are today) – and write it down. How is it different? Again, be specific and detailed. Finally, take a good look at the “gap” between Current Reality and your Future Reference. Fill in that gap, by listing, in order, the steps you will need to take to move from current reality to your desired end-result.
This process will take some time, so stay with it. And be prepared to be flexible when you run into obstacles along the way. And when you’re done, you’ll have a roadmap you can use to guide you to your own brand of success. Think of it as your personal GPS – your Goal Projection System.