As a coach, I love to take people on a journey.Â And that journey can end up in places way beyond where that person thought they could actually go. New dreams are formed, and new heights to be climbed appear.
That journey can be exciting and thrilling, but it can also be scary and the end destination can feel out of reach.
Some people make it?some don’t.
The ones who make it are the ones that take action.
Sure, they’re scared, and don’t really believe it can all come true, but they’re still excited by the potential of their dream?their ultimate vision of a new reality that they’re created.
The excitement translates into action.
The real difference is, though, that they don’t try and make that jump into their vision in one enormous leap. What I help my clients do is create the baby steps they need to take to get them from now to where they want to be.
It’s a powerful process and makes everything – suddenly – within reach and achievable. Because all you actually have to do is take the next step?and the next?and the next. In order, and in turn.
The trick is to start with the end in mind. Once you’ve worked out what your business looks like in 3 years or 5 years time, write the key elements of that on the top right corner of a piece of A4 paper.
Now draw a diagonal line coming back to the bottom left of your piece of paper.
Divide that line up into the number of years between “now” (bottom left) and “your future” (top right) so that you create a time line.
On a separate piece of paper, work backwards from your ultimate business vision, and start stepping the activities back?ask yourself “to have achieved that, what would I need to have achieved just before then to make that happen?” “And what’s the step before then?”
And keep going until you’ve got back to the here and now.
Put those steps onto your time line, and then all you have to do is follow that plan.
It makes the journey exciting and achievable, because all you’re doing is going for next (achievable) step.
And before you know it, you’ll have achieved your vision and will be asking “What’s next?”!
Have a great week,