An important question is where are you traveling? I don’t mean where is your current destination, but where are you really traveling? Think about it for a minute. If a traveler is journeying far, she knows the destination. She most likely has estimated how long it will take to get there, and she has probably planned what route she’ll take to reach her destination. Likewise, our journey towards success is not that different–we have to determine our destination. Only you can decide where you’re going and sometimes that means looking back at where you’ve been.
If I look back at where I’ve been, back to let’s say 1995, I was fairly young in the Air Force. I had my whole career ahead of me: my travel destination was where the Air Force sent me, and at this time I lived in Japan. I might even say I was on top of the world! Okay maybe not, but I was fairing well in the Land of the Rising Sun. Honestly, life was good! Yet something within me knew I couldn’t always let the Air Force pick my destination. One day, my service would be complete and my destination would become mine alone–not a set of orders that determined my new home. I would need to pick a destination and determine goals that would help me arrive.
So ask yourself to visualize your destination and the goals that will help you arrive there. Assess where you have been and ask yourself…where do I want to be? You might be venturing towards a new career, have desires to live abroad, or hopes to start a new business. The destination is your choice, your goals. Decide where you want to go; be firm about your ideal destination and do chase after your goals.
In my previous post, I stated your vision of success is your vision. It’s much like a travel destination, we all have different tastes and desires. So, too, are our ideas of success. This series is simply a guide to nudge you towards life’s greatest hike–the climb you alone have determined.
So consider these final thoughts:
- We need a travel destination: goal
- We need approximate travel time: how long might it take you to reach your goal?
- We need a route to arrive at our “chosen” destination: what steps will you take to move forward?
My final question is…how do you crave the day?