Author: Andy Grant
One of my favorite conversation-starter questions to ask people is “What are your goals?” The answer can tell a great deal about a person.
Nearly every time, there’s something in common among those who feel stuck in their current situation, unhappy with one or more aspect of their life, and feeling as though they are going nowhere: they have no goals.
In some cases, it’s simply a case of not understanding the power and presence that goals provide (and in these cases, simple instruction is the answer). Goal setting is a breeze once you understand how to do it.
With other folks, they may understand the power of goals, but they simply haven’t taken the time or effort to set any (or to update their last batch of goals). It’s important to set new goals as soon as you achieve your goals, otherwise you can lose momentum.
Other folks claim to be “going with the flow” (which often means drifting, going nowhere) and waiting for inspiration to strike.
The trouble with that approach is: inspiration typically doesn’t appear until you become crystal clear about what you want.
Writers get blocked when they stare at a blank page, waiting for something to come. Writers can easily be inspired by imagining the end result of their writing (whether it’s increased sales thanks to effective ad copy, or an emotional reaction elicited by a short story).
A person without a vision is like a ship afloat on the ocean. Sure, it might be a fun ride, you may get to relax a bit, but next thing you know, a couple of months have passed and you’re now running out of rations, clean water, sunscreen and sanity.
But a ship with a destination in mind travels with passion AND purpose, and becomes unstoppable. When you have clear, concise goals, the Universe can then deliver exactly the clues you require to follow your course and reach your destination.
Don’t wait on inspiration — because inspiration is waiting on you, right now at this very moment.
Create a vision. Invoke your passion. Ask for a sign. You will get one.
But if you don’t select a destination, don’t be surprised if you just keep drifting in limbo — and then you have no right to whine about how “nothing is happening” because that part was ultimately up to you — and you never chose a destination!
Be brave, be daring, be confident, and have faith. Whatever you ask for, YOU CAN HAVE.