Do you know what you want?
If the answer is ‘No’, ‘Not sure’ or in any way vague or misty, read on…
One of my highest priorities as a coach, consultant and mentor is to help my clients to gain clarity about what it is that they actually want.
Why is that so important?
Well imagine yourself at an airport departure lounge. You look up at the monitor that says ‘Departures’ where all of the flights are listed.
Everything looks fine – Flight No; Departure Time; Gate No; only under destination it says, ‘No idea’. The next flight says ‘Not Sure’. The next says, ‘We’ll just see what happens!’ and the one after that says, ‘I just like to be spontaneous’.
Well that’s fine if you’ve planned a surprise birthday present – a mystery flight for your loved one, so it’s ‘Destination is a secret’, but even then surely you’d hope that the pilot at least knows where you’re going.
Imagine the chaos if all the planes just took off without anyone knowing where they were heading, how long it would take, or how much fuel they would need.
Also, lots of other people would be affected – the airline staff, the air traffic controllers, even the travel agents. How could people even help you get there if you have no idea where ‘there’ is?
I don’t want to labour the point, but even just saying that the plane is going to Perth is not specific enough. It could be Perth International Airport, Perth Domestic or Jandakot light airfield.
So I’m sure you can see that being clear about where you are going can make a big difference to the end results.
Also don’t underestimate the power of writing down your destination with clarity. University studies showed that students who wrote down their goals in life, when re-interviewed years later were far more likely to have succeeded in achieving them, than those students who didn’t write them down.
So why is that?
Quite simply, it’s the way we humans are wired. Our brains, our neurological systems are designed to help us to achieve what we want and what we focus on.
Now that’s where we have to be careful of course, because our sub-conscious minds can’t distinguish between positive and negative, good and bad. So if you focus on that which you don’t actually want, your neurology’s magnetism will attract exactly that.
Whatever you focus on creates a picture in your mind’s eye and your unconscious mind tries it’s best to deliver that.
To give one example, focus on being slim and it will help you design that body shape. Focus on being fat or over-weight and you will get more of the same.
I could easily turn this blog post into a book, but here is the short story…
If you haven’t made time to sit down for a quiet few moments and really think about what you want, then you are not helping yourself to live the life of your dreams.
“With goals we create the future in advance – we shape our own destiny!”
If you don’t have a plan for your business and how it will improve your life and the lives of others affected by it, then my recommendation would be that you do.
Write it down and focus on it and you will be amazed at the results.
The key point – if you are heading for ‘Destination Anywhere’, you may be denying yourself some amazing opportunities.
Turn it around – create some space to think, grab a pen and paper and start today.