Getting There by Robin J Elliott

Imagine traveling along in a car to an important meeting. In fact, the meeting is a life and death situation: If you don’t get to the exact location on time, someone will die! Or, if you do get to a certain destination on time, you will win ten million dollars! You would want to make sure your vehicle is in tiptop condition and fueled up, lubed, everything working perfectly, right? And you would need an accurate map and GPS, plus a fuel gauge so that you know you’re not going to run out of gas, and of course a speedometer so you know how far you have traveled and how fast, all the things we would naturally expect to have in place. We would be rested and alert and plan the trip very carefully.

Imagine if you were arranging an important wedding, meeting, or event, worth tens of thousands of dollars. You would spend time planning, checking, testing, and monitoring your progress. Yet very few people put the same amount of planning, energy, focus, and commitment into planning their lives. No wonder they achieve mediocrity at best.

This weekend Rika and I had a Planning Session. We are avid goal setters. When we set goals, we are aware that we are, in fact, creating the future in which we are going to live. We start off with what we want, why we want it, and by when we want it. Then we figure out how much that will cost, so that we have numbers to start off with. Then we work on how we can create the most amount of value for the most people and translate that into cash flow and wealth building. All of our goals are specific, measurable, realistic, exciting, personal and in line with our passion and values. We monitor our progress on the way towards our goals DAILY. We watch our speed, direction, detours, and results. We carefully assess what is working and what is not and change our action plans accordingly.

The planners and goal setters are committed, focused, relaxed, optimistic, and confident, as opposed to those who drift aimlessly from fad to fad, never really committed, giving up at the first sign of discomfort. Goal directed people succeed magnificently and create massive value for those around them. Remember what Zig Ziglar said,”You can get anything out of life, if you’re prepared to help enough other people to get what thy want.” But you have to know what you want and how you plan to get it, and then take action, before you can create anything.

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