People don’t believe in things that are too much in the past or in the future. We are mostly focused on what we can see and prove in the here and now.
But your history is real. What you did to create the future that is today is proof that it makes a difference.
What if you could believe in the future enough to cause you to act a certain way now?
That’s called vision.
What’s your vision for your future self?
What are you doing to make it a reality?
The latest Domino Project book release – Zig Ziglar’s Goal Setting Program, updated and curated by Seth Godin.
This was the title of a free seminar I attended today at my local public library. They actually have some pretty good programs, you should check into yours. Or better yet, volunteer to do your own workshop there, they’d love to have you.
Tonight’s seminar was presented by Debbie Lacy, a Life Coach. She was excellent. And even though I was the only male attending out of about 25 people (I wonder why) it was a great little boost to help me start achieving my goals. She provided practical tools and a different perspective on accomplishing goals.
One of the things she had us do to help define our vision was to answer the following 4 questions, which was a slightly different approach than most.
- In my life it feels like it’s time to…
- I know it’s time because… (list signs/evidence you’ve noticed)
- What are the feelings/essences that you most want to experience in 2010?
- What could you have or do this year that would create those feelings and essences? Try to narrow down to the two most important goals you’d like to achieve by the end of 2010.
I liked how she tried to help you frame your goals in a higher purpose. Yeah, you want to accomplish X, but why? What kind of feeling or essence are you ultimately after?
For instance, you might want to lose 50 pounds, but why? Is it to be healthier? look better? fit into those old clothes? With a more foundational purpose, you might find that the specific goal you’ve chosen may not be the best avenue to get you what you really want. This also helps you to be flexible and change your goals during the year if different opportunities come along.
The first two ‘finish the sentence’ questions help you to have confidence in what you know. She said “It’s important to know why you know what you know.” That almost sounds like a bad joke, but it’s true. If we can recognize the signs or evidences in our life of why we know things deep down, then that will help us not to second guess ourselves for the decisions we make.
The bottom line is, do you trust yourself? If you can build the skills to trust yourself, then you will accomplish your goals.
I believe that statement because usually the reasons we don’t accomplish our goals is because we fall back into our old patterns, we make up lame excuses, or we don’t believe we can do it.
Debbie also shared some other good techniques that I might tell you about later.
What are your favorite tactics for accomplishing goals?
Here’s a concept for you. Before you launch that revolutionary innovative idea, or tackle that BHAG (Big Harry Audacious Goal), it might be wise to start small.
Maybe you should practice that skill at a lower level until it is mastered before you move on to the next step.
Maybe there’s something you just can’t understand at that higher level without knowing what it takes to exist at the lower level.
Maybe you’ll give up altogether if it is too difficult to reach that final state.
Sometimes when we learn about how awesome running is and how it can get you places so much faster, we want to just do that first, and don’t have time for that crawling and walking stuff. But sometimes it’s just not possible to really run correctly without taking the time to master the crawling and walking stages.
Are there things you could be better at if you went back to crawling or walking?
Are there things you’ve been putting off because you haven’t felt ready to run yet? What could be a crawling stage to get you started?