One of my old co-worker and friend’s favorite saying was, “Plan your work, and work your plan”. The part that was so cool is that she spoke with so much conviction whenever she quoted this that you had no other choice but to re-evaluate whatever you were doing. I’ve learned over the years that the most successful people all do the same thing. They set a goal, determine how to get there and they enter to win!!!
Put another way, “People don’t plan to fail, they fail to plan”. This is the recipe for disaster. The most important piece of success, is knowing where you’re going and being specific about the destination. It’s all well and good to say, “I’m going to New York City” but once you arrive in the Big Apple… then what? You can wander the city for hours and hours, which can lead to days, to months, to a lifetime. Many of us have been wandering around for our entire lives because we haven’t truly set a specific destination.
So write it down!! Once you’ve decided where you’re going, put that destination to paper. Script it out. Get that pack of Post-Its out of the junk drawer and put it up everywhere! Place it on the bathroom mirror, put by the light switch as you leave the house, have a copy on your dashboard… the key here is that every time you see it, you are reminded of where you’re going and seeing that little note is a confidence builder. That little note helps to renew our strength when things get tough and we get off-course.
But going off course just a little isn’t bad though, right? Wrong!!! Let’s take the “1 degree” approach. Being off one degree…
- After one foot, you’ll miss your target by .2 inches. A trivial miss…
- After 100 yards, you’ll be off by 5.2 feet. Not huge, but noticeable.
- After a mile, you’ll be off by 92.2 feet. One degree is starting to make a difference.
- After traveling from San Francisco to L.A., you’ll be off by 6 miles.
- If you were trying to get from San Francisco to Washington, D.C., you’d end up on the other side of Baltimore, 42.6 miles away.
- Traveling around the globe from Washington, DC, you’d miss by 435 miles and end up in Boston.
- In a rocket going to the moon, you’d be 4,169 miles off (nearly twice the diameter of the moon).
- Going to the sun, you’d miss by over 1.6 million miles (nearly twice the diameter of the sun).
- Traveling to the nearest star, you’d be off course by over 441 billion miles (120 times the distance from the earth to Pluto, or 4,745 times the distance from Earth to the sun).
I know you’re sitting there saying, “Well, I’m not going to the moon, the sun or the next star. So, what difference does it make?” To be completely honest, many of our goals are as far away from us as earth is from the next sun. We talk about wanting to be a millionaire, being debt free and having great success but you barely work your hourly job, you spend every penny that you have BEFORE you get it and all you do is talk against those who are successful. Staying sharp and focused on our goals is a must but with the right tools… we can do this!!!!
So, today’s assignment is to re-evaluate your heart and your passions. And establish a goal, or two.
Remember, only YOU have the power to either fulfill, or destroy, your destiny. What are you going to do with that power?
I love you ALL!!!