Now that you have your road map you need to check off a few things as you begin your journey toward your goal.
First, you will have to stop along the way to “refuel”. Just as if you were physically traveling in a vehicle you would occasionally have to stop and refuel your vehicle. So you need to know what your “fuel” is and how to get it along the way. You will find yourself facing obstacles and will need to know how to quickly refuel and get back on track.
Secondly, you need to make sure you are going in the right direction. There is a principle of the North Star that simply states…If you are moving, you are moving towards your goal or you are moving away from your goal. There is no in between. You are either stepping closer or further away. It is important that you check in from time to time and make sure you are going the right way. It does you no good to work really hard but be headed in the wrong direction from your goal.
Thirdly, let’s address achieving your goal. One of the best kept secrets yet easiest solution achieving your goal is finding someone else who has already done it and discover what they did to get there and duplicate it. It is a great chance that they will be able to tell you the “best route” (keeping the map analogy from before) and help prevent you from going down the wrong paths. This can be called “modeling”. You are simply copying what they have done and learning from their successes and failures so as to get to your final destination, your goal, possibly faster and more efficiently.
It is important to continue to check in on your pace, we spoke about that earlier in S.M.A.R.T. goals. Keeping track of your pace and knowing if you are in track, ahead of schedule or behind schedule are all very vital to the outcome of your efforts. A good timeframe would be to do a major evaluation each 90 days. Look where you came within the past 90 days and determine where your strengths have been and continue them. However, also be looking for areas that you need to step it up and improve in over the next 90 days, 6 months to a year. This is a very valuable evaluation process. The person who is willing to do whatever it takes should consider doing a weekly review to keep them laser focused.
As you begin your goal setting process, remember that you don’t have to know the “how” of getting there, you just need to always keep in mind the “why” you are going there. Things are going to be challenging and life will do its best to knock you off course. This is when it is extremely to hold that “why” as close as possible, it is the only thing that will truly get you through it.
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