You may think you know the answer to this question. In reality, unless you’ve done a lot of specific thinking about exactly what your goals are, you probably aren’t very clear about your destination.
Clarity is one of the keys to overcoming fear and being able to Get the Nerve™ to succeed. Chance are, though, that you aren’t clear enough yet.
There are a lot of ways to do this and I’d like to share one of those ways with you today.
I recently attended a presentation on vision given by management consultant Corky Hilliard. Corky is pretty impressive: she’s worked for four Texas governors, consults major companies and boards of trustees, and she’s been active in numerous non-profit organizations and community outreach programs. She’s been very successful in helping people clarifying their vision.
Corky finished up her talk with a simple yet powerful exercise, which consisted of answering four questions.
Think about these questions and answer them for yourself. And then look at your daily practices to see if what you’re doing actually lines up with your answers.
1. What do I currently have now that I want to keep in my future?
Understand the goodness in your life, the things that bring you satisfaction, peace, comfort, strong relationships, health, and financial well-being. What do you need to do in order to keep those things in your life?
2. What do I have that I don’t want to keep?
You may have bad relationships, more weight around your waist than you’d like to carry, bad business practices, habits that are keeping you from realizing your potential. Identify those things that act as an obstacle to getting what you want.
3. What do I NOT have that I really do NOT want?
Think about things that would hinder you from moving forward. What negative things could appear in your life if you don’t keep doing what you’re supposed to do? How would they hurt you? What can you do to ensure that they don’t happen?
4. What do I NOT have yet?
What is it exactly that you want but you have not gotten yet? What is missing from your life that you have to continue to move forward to get?
Do this exercise to create a vision for every aspect of your life: health, family and friends, personal growth, finances, career, physical environment, and so on.
If you can answer these questions with clarity and specificity, you will be well on your way to going exactly where you want to go.