One of the topics I speak about is what I refer to as your Dream Destination. It’s not a desirable vacation spot. Rather, it’s where your career and life would be 5 – 10 years in the future if things had gone far beyond your wildest dreams.
Imagine that for a minute.
You’ve accomplished more than you thought possible. You’re happier and more fulfilled than you’ve ever been. The people around you…in fact your entire world, feels joyful and light.
What’s that like for you?
The reason I ask is that I know how critical it is to be keenly aware of where you’re going with your life and your career.
As Dionne Warwick sang back in the 60’s,
What’s it all about, Alfie?
Is it just for the moment we live?
It’s not! Although it’s easy to get consumed and pulled into the day-to-day chaos and fire-fighting of our jobs.
In the moment, there’s ‘stuff’ to do; meetings to attend; deadlines to meet; accomplishments to make.
What makes all this ‘stuff’ more bearable is remembering why you’re doing it in the first place.
Is it so that you can create enough financial security so that you don’t have to work so hard? Would you then spend more time with family? Travel the world? Write that book?
I was walking toward the mountain near my home Monday. I kept my gaze near the mountain top. While it seemed close on one hand, as much as I walked, it didn’t seem to get much closer. Keeping my focus there however, made me forget I was walking up hill. It took my attention off the effort of the incline. I didn’t notice I was breathing hard.
All I could think about were the crevices, cacti, sagebrush and other features of the mountain that I could see. I imagined myself there, on the mountain top, looking out over the valley. I felt big, powerful, light and free.
That’s the value of having a Big Goal and keeping your attention on it. It makes the drudgery, tediousness and challenges of the present moment less irritating because you know WHY you’re doing them. Without that motivation, there’s just too much work.
Have a big goal. Know your “why”. Make sure your team knows their “why”, both individually and for the team. You’ll have more fun and probably get ‘there’ faster.