Do you remember going on a trip before GPS? To get anywhere you had to choose a destination, find it on a map, and then plan the most direct route. You could have set out in the general direction of where you were headed and hopefully could find signs along the way that would guide you, but one missed turn and your trip to Florida turned into a trip to NY.
When traveling, if you don’t have a specific destination chosen you could drive around aimlessly for years and not get anywhere. The exact same principal is present in your life as well. If you don’t specifically know what you want out of life how will you know when you get there?
I hear people talk all the time about being successful, but what the hell does that mean? Being successful is a broad concept that means something different to everyone. When you get specific about what your picture of success looks like it will be so much easier for you to arrive at your destination. When you get specific about your destination you will then be able to create a roadmap that will get you there.
Ready to find your destination? All you need to do is get very specific about what your life would look like if it were perfect and make a detailed list.
The areas I included in my list were:
- Family Time
- How I art
- Personal Time
Your areas may be very different from mine but it will give you an idea of some areas to look at. Take each area of your life and get VERY specific. For example, what would your perfect home look like, I used an app to create a floor plan of my perfect home. What does your yard look like, what color rug would you have in your bedroom, how is your home heated, do you cook for yourself or do you have a chef? The more specific you are about what your perfect life would include the clearer your picture of success will be. By having a clear picture of success you will know what destination to set your personal GPS for.
Now that you have gotten your destination you can start planning your trip! If you find that your idea of success if a small house and a huge workshop, but you have a large house and a small workshop, (ME!) then start steering your life in the direction that will get you what you want! Start a savings account for your goal and put money towards it. Even if you can only save 10 cents a week, put something towards your goal! Take every area on your list and devise plans to make them happen.
Super important note: Do not freak out when you start making all these huge plans, see how big they are, and go holy shit I can never make this happen! You can make anything happen one step at a time if you patiently and persistently work toward a goal!
Put your Picture Of Success List in your phone and read it twice every day, once when you wake up and right before you go to bed, to keep your picture clear in your head. Your brain will automatically start working on how to make shit happen! You will begin to make decisions based on your clear picture of success! You will be ready to head out to eat and instead decide to put the $30 towards your giant shop and just cook at home!
No journey is smooth. You will hit potholes, construction zones, and curvy roads, but you will know damn well where you’re headed, and with patience and persistence you will arrive at your destination!
I would love to hear from you! How do you plan for success? Let me know in the comments below what you do to keep your success on course!
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