Imagine a scenario where you needed to travel to a place you have never been to before. You have no clue how to get there, no clue about the direction. Would you just get into your car and drive off, hoping to find your way somehow? Would you set out on a journey without a plan?
The beginning of every journey is a clear understanding of the destination and the route to get there. To build a life, you need to be clear about where you intend to go. Have a plan or a road map for your life otherwise you will be used by other people to make their own plans a reality.
Why do you decide to take a mortgage or buy a car for example? How does that fit into your blueprint? Design your own life then build it one step at a time otherwise people will convince you to take action to help them build their own. Do you decide to buy a car, new furniture or a new flat screen TV because it is part of your plan or because someone used a beautifully worded advertisement to convince you to help him build his own plan?
Do you commit to a mortgage because the mortgage company sent a polished salesman to convince you to help them build their own plan? Is your decision part of your blueprint or are you being used by other people to build their own plans, to make their own goals a reality? Whose plan are you toiling and laboring for?
I get people who ask me what business they can do with a capital of so much. My answer to such people is that they need to begin by understanding why they need to build that business and what they intend to achieve. What is their destination, so that they can work on the road map? After getting clarity about the destination, the next step is to list down their unique gifts and talents, skills and expertise, strengths and weaknesses.
“It’s better to be at the bottom of the ladder you want to climb than at the top of the one you don’t.” – Stephen Kellogg
Your mission in life should be to figure out what your unique circumstances, skills and opportunities are and how you can take action to best capitalize on them. Doing what resonates with you gives all of your effort purpose and meaning.
Goals are the guiding light that get you to your destination. You need to begin by getting clarity about what your destination is. By setting goals, you will have a vision for the life you are trying to create and a plan for creating it. Life should not just happen to you; you should create the life you desire for yourself.
“A goal properly set is halfway reached.” – Zig Ziglar
Set Goals For Your Life Based on your Values