Everyone in the goal achievement space talks about how important it is to have a clear vision and specific idea of what you want to achieve – even me. However, I have a number of clients coming to me saying, “I want to work with you, but I really don’t know what my goals are or should be.”
Sometimes the hardest part of achieving your goals is figuring out exactly where you want to go. I’m telling you, although it is helpful, it’s not necessary and I don’t want that to stop anyone anymore!
I’ll let you in on my journey – when I started out, I had no idea where I was going and what I wanted out of life. All I knew, without a shadow of a doubt, was that I didn’t want to be or stay where I was at the time.
That knowledge was just enough to start on a plan, before that I was just complaining and we know how far that propels you!
The reason that knowing where you don’t want to be works is much like a GPS. I don’t know about you, but when I get in my car and set my GPS it tells me to start out going south or west or something. I don’t know where my south or west is, I barely know my left and right some days!
So you know what I do? I just start in the direction my car is pointed and the GPS redirects me as necessary. My experience with the GPS is the same in life, you get those same nudges if you set out in a direction that isn’t a match for you regardless if you have set a clear direction or know your south from left.
Have you ever started a project or something and everything seems to be against you? Nothing goes right, there are obstacles around every corner and it just feels like a slog to get this thing accomplished? Yah, me too.
Now, I ask you, have you ever started something and it all just falls into place? You have all the things you need and a few extra things just show up and they seem to help you when you weren’t even expecting or planning for them. Everything just feels in flow and like it’s working. Yah, me too.
That’s what I mean when I say if you start off on a path that is not the best one for you at the time, you’ll figure it out pretty quickly. In fact if you don’t figure it out, in my experience you will continue to get obstacles and barriers until you notice, hey, this isn’t working for me, maybe I should try something else.
I know this and trust this now because I’ve seen it happen countless times both in my life and in others.
Don’t not start
So many people are not sure where to start or exactly what they want and this trips them up and they just don’t start anything. I can tell you that they don’t figure out what they do want any faster by not moving.
I encourage you to think about a few things you want in your life. Is it a new job but you don’t know what’s a good fit for you? Is it a new location? Something else? No matter what you are looking for in your life, take a step – any step and see where it goes next. Each time you take a step, ask yourself, does this feel right? Are things seeming to fit? Am I uncomfortable because this is unfamiliar or because this is not right for me?
You really know what is best for you. Not me, Tony Robbins or any guru out there. It’s up to you to discover it by taking small calculated steps to either move you away from where you don’t want to be or to move you towards what you desire – or both!
If you only know where you are is where you don’t want to be, then take a step at a time away from where you don’t want to be, and see where each one brings you. Trust yourself to pick up on the signs if where you are heading is not right for you.
Of course if you ever need or want someone to talk out your next steps with, you have a goal achievement specialist in your pocket, don’t hesitate to reach out if you want.