Regardless of what you want to accomplish or achieve as an individual or as a team, there are certain steps you must take to get from where you are to where you want to be. It will not happen automatically. You must be intentional. That means you’re not going to get there wandering around.
I have developed a three-step process to get from where you are to where you want to be. It is a simple process that anyone can put into practice. I use these three words to outline the simple process; location, destination, navigation.
Location – Where you are
If you are going on a trip you have to begin where you are. If you use a GPS, it first must find your current location before it can program a route to your desired destination. The same is true in life.
Before you can get from where you are to where you want to be, you must first discover where you are. This sounds like a no-brainer but frequently people want to get from one place to another without having a good understanding of where they are. In the behavior science field, this is called self-awareness.
Get an understanding of your strengths and weaknesses, personality, spiritual gifts, your present state, etc. This helps give you an understanding of where you are starting. Where are you physically, emotionally, mentally, and spiritually? You cannot map out where to go until you find out where you are.
Destination – Where you want to be
After your GPS finds your location you can then enter where you want to go. Until you enter a destination, the GPS cannot calculate a route. The same is true in life.
Get specific about your goal or dream. Do not say, “I want to lose weight.” That is like telling your GPS, “I want to go north.” That is not a destination. Get specific.
Describe in detail where you want to go. What will life be like when you get there? Create a vivid picture in your mind and perhaps even draw or print out a picture to put on a vision board. (Maybe I should do a blog on how to set up a vision board.)
Navigation – How to get there
Once your GPS finds your location, and you enter the address you want to go to, then and only then will the GPS calculate a route for you. Then you can follow the direction to get to your destination. The same is true in life.
Map out the actions needed to get from where you are to where you want to be. What do you need to specifically overcome the obstacles that may be in your way? Develop what Tony Robbins calls, “a MAP, a Massive Action Plan.”
Sometimes you may need to re-calculate along the way just like a GPS does, but that does not mean you abandon the destination. It just means you may need to make some adjustments along the way.
There you go! A simple three step process to get from where you are to where you want to be. Location + destination + navigation = your GPS for success in getting from where you are to where you want to be!
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