I am terrible with directions. It’s been an issue for some time now. Its almost laughable how bad it is. I basically have to drive somewhere 3 to 4 times before I remember how to get there. And anywhere beyond my usual daily route, I have to consult my GPS. So invariably, every so often I will be out and perhaps my phone may die, or its not getting reception and there I am, lost, with no direction. Most of the time I need step by step directions or I have no clue.
Just like with driving, in life, if you have no map and no directions, you are lost. You may be going somewhere, but you’re probably second guessing yourself, and not going fast. You may think that since you are working hard and have your foot on the gas that you are getting somewhere, but maybe you’re just driving fast in circles. To be successful, you must have a roadmap. First you need to identify where you want to go, and plan accordingly.
So, where do you want to go? Find out what you are passionate about, and what you are talented in, try to match these things together. Get a pen and paper out, brainstorm at least 20 ideas. What are your strengths, how can you leverage them, and what can you do with those strengths? In this idea session do not let yourself talk your way out of things, such as “Oh, if I want to do that I would have to get a doctorate”, write it down. You are going to have to get creative to get all 20 ideas down, but keep at it.
When you find where you want to go, now is the time to plan your route. Just like landmarks help you arrive safely when driving, you will need landmarks, or small goals to get where you want to go. Write down your goals, write 20 goals. Keep writing them everyday, after a few days stop consulting your previous list. Write what comes to mind first, when you immediately remember and write certain goals down, this may help you realize which goals you truly are interested in, and are eager to complete.
The third and most important step is to write out your day the night before, this helps you accomplish small goals. These small goals that you accomplish will turn into massive gains over time.
Don’t go through your life lost, how soon are we to consult our GPS or ask someone for directions when we are lost on the road. Should we not more importantly know where we are going in life?
Jonathan King, Co-founder