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Why I am not a human GPS


As I mentioned before Les McKeown’s Predictable Success workshop is intended for 2 or more individuals trying to move an organization from Point A to Point B with accelerated, scalable growth. These organizations can be corporations, small businesses, churches, and cause based agencies.

I wrote about the importance of knowing who you and whose you are when trying to obtain any goal here => http://therabidmime.wordpress.com/2012/12/07/why-we-are-not-vampires/

Today, I want to touch on the second aspect of reaching your goals

2. Follow your nose or gut but the at least know the address

It’s fairly common knowledge I have no real inner compass. Like at all. I literally don’t know which way is up most days. It’s not unusual for my neighbors to see me turn left out of our neighborhood only to drive back past the other way 5 minutes later when I realized which way I really should be going.  It doesn’t do any good at all to tell me to go west on a highway unless it’s about 5:30 p.m. and the sun is glaring in my eyes. I spend an inerrant amount of time looking for my car every time I walk out of the grocery store or mall.

You would think I wasn’t surprised when I walked out of the workshop on Thursday and walked the exact opposite location of my hotel which was only 6 blocks away from the event location.  But I was! I had my phone with the google maps. But before I knew it I was back at the restaurant I was at the night before. NOT my hotel. I didn’t even know the address of my hotel. I thought I knew what it was but I had not recorded it properly. I couldn’t get connected to call my husband for some reason. He wasn’t receiving my texts or emails to come get me. I couldn’t tweet to let anyone know where I was. I would step into a Starbucks to get connected but could not. Did I mention I had to pee also and I couldn’t find a bathroom either?? The whole time I’m walking around in circles, trying to back track or find some sort of landmark that looked familiar to me to no avail. The darn phone didn’t even know where I was.  I would stop a stranger but of course I kept stopping people who didn’t speak English. I would hail a cab but because I couldn’t give them a street address in rush hour they would take the time of day for me.

I was lost. lost person area pic

I knew where I wanted to go. Kinda.  But I didn’t even know where I had been to figure out the wrong turn.

This is a no-brainer when you are trying to reach any goal. You have to know where you ultimately want to wind up. How will you know when you have arrived at your destination?  But at the same time you have to take note of where you have been. You have to keep an eye on Point A so you know you are drawing a straight line to Point B.

If you are trying to lose weight, write it down with an actual number and keep track of your loss. If you are trying to up your power lifting write down what weight you want to lift and keep track of the weight you can lift along the way.

If you are trying to read 50 books in a year, write those titles down and then check them off as you   complete them.  If you are trying to write a book, write down how many pages you will write a day on a calendar and check off those days until you arrive at your completion  date.

If your are trying to eliminate debt, write down each of those loans and credit cards and how much is owed.  Create a ledger and calendar to keep track of how much you have to pay and when. Keep that final goal of $0 debt posted on your mirror.

If you are trying to start a business or ministry always keep the mission in front of you. You can lead by your gut or your nose but keep where you want to ultimately end up right in front of you so you don’t start chasing squirrels or “shiny blue bouncing balls.’  Have the plan of what you want and how you want to get there.

Always know what address you are really trying to get to and how you got to it in the first place.

Do you have any stories about getting lost that are funny now?

What advice would you give others trying to reach a goal?

What goal have you recently accomplished? Let’s celebrate with you!

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I help people and organizations get unstuck. I prefer to avoid the muck as well. Whether in personal lives, organizations, business leaders, or parents I pose suggestions to keep everyone moving forward.

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