Some faces scrunch up as if to say, "I wish you had not asked that!" Others look contemplative, as if saying, "Oh, I am so grateful you reminded me of that question, now I can take some powerful action!" And then there are few who answer with confidence, knowing exactly what they are meant to do by when and how.
What is question?
"What are your goals for next "Insert period of time here."?
Sometimes exact phrase is changed. Some people who may look at "Goals" in different ways. For them, question might be, "What is your vision?" or "What is your intention?"
Nonetheless, root question is same. "What do you want to grow towards? Where is gap in your life you currently want to fill?"
Until this question is answered, aimlessness is what governs your life.
Forever etched in my mind was first session with Ray. He told me before we got started that he was trying this out much like he would go to parade to see Emperor in his new clothes. He was not convinced there was anything to coaching, but since he was curious, he wanted to work with me as he created his newest product.
At conclusion of session, I always give fieldwork assignments, as session itself is what I refer to as "Locker Room Talk". The game is played out on field, and Coach remains on sidelines. Fieldwork is sort of like Play book: it brings to life on field what Coach has taught in locker room and during practice. It integrates lessons into player's lives.
One of assignments included continued work to make his vision crystal clear, to take cobwebs away, to get inside them with a microscope so nothing would get in way of creating powerfully.
Ray groaned, as if in pain. "Oh, you have hit one there. I know how goals work. I know writing it down works. I know how important this is. AND I have been ignoring it."
Later that week, I received an email thanking me for pushing him. In next six weeks he achieved more than he had achieved in in previous six months. And it all started with a discussion of goals followed by taking action on those goals. Step by step by step.
Below is an outline so you may achieve your goals passionately, just as Ray did.
Goal Secret #1-Paint a PICTURE. Don't just write your goals in words, craft your goals so you can see and experience end result. Paint a glorious, three dimensional multi sensory goal instead of a one dimensional, flat goal. When you can clearly see and experience it, you can more easily create it. One way to make a picture is through creating a dream board. Simply cut out pictures from magazines that illustrate aspects of your goal and make a collage. Hang Dream Board where you can see it frequently. Your picture will quickly and artfully come to reality.