Which Path are you taking? Make That Road to Nowhere Go Somewhere.
It’s your choice. You get to decide.
I don’t know about you, but for me there are certain things, quotes, and perspectives in my life that keep resurfacing over, and over again. Some have led me in the right direction, and others have left me searching for a shovel to dig my way out of a pit. Many of these things could have been avoided if I would have had the right plan.
We must learn to become mountain climbers (I’m no expert), and “Climb…” out of the sand, and onto the path that will take us higher. Like the mountain climber, in life and business, we need to build muscles for our journey. There may be a lot of sand thrown at us. There may be rocks, or boulders, blocking the path, but learning to push, to build, and to strengthen our muscles, will help us reach the top of the mountain for a glorious view.
Some of us want to nest with the eagles so that we can learn to soar, and some of us just want to wallow on our bellies on the path.
(Warning about the latter…This is the way of road kill.)
When my children were small, we gave them little notebooks about 3″ x 5″. Each day they had to write out three goals. We didn’t have to see the goals, or know what they were because these goals were their goals.
At the end of the day we would ask them… “Have you accomplished your goals today?”
They would say whether they had, or had not. If they had accomplished their goals, they would be praised, but if they hadn’t accomplished them, they would have to go back, and do whatever they said they were going to do.
We never knew what they were until we found one of my daughter’s goal setting pages recently from when she was 15 (she’s now 31).
We have teased her and chuckled about her goals… but she accomplished her goals, and to this day she is very goal oriented. (I now have that slip of paper tucked safely away.)
So, what does a 3″ x 5″ notebook have to do with which path you are taking? A lot.
You need a plan, and to set some goals. Start small and then expand upon your list. Details are important.
Surround yourself with smart people, and get a vision. There will be surprises, however, a good plan will help you maintain your footing on your chosen path. (There will, also, be those times when no plan will ever make a difference. For most of us, these are few.)
George Vanderbilt was one man who knew about planning, goals and preparation. He surrounded himself with smart and meticulous people who would help him bring his dreams of the Biltmore Estate to fruition.
Architect, Richard Morris Hunt, and Landscape Designer, Frederick Law Olmstead began work on the Biltmore House in 1889. When the house opened 6 years later in 1895, it was sill a work in progress. The work continued on for years after this, but George Vanderbilt knew that progress starts with a plan, goals, mentors, a direction, and a path.
So when it’s come to success, which path are you taking? Craft a plan, and make your road to nowhere, go somewhere!
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