Why should you read me?
Because I have a plan. This puts me in the 2% of the population who have actually spent time to think about the future, decided what it is going to be like and set out to get there.
Have you decided what your future is going to be? Are you taking steps to get there?
Definite Goals but Uncertain Path
The journey to your future goals is just like navigating the woods to reach the mountain far away that you have in your sights.
You know where you are going, and you also know the general direction in which you need to move to get there. But you cannot anticipate the obstacles, deviations, unexpected short cuts, and accidents you will encounter on the way.
You may be chased by a deer, get stuck in a thicket, be washed away by the river, or countless other things that happen in the woods. But every time you can get back on the course because you can see your destination clearly.
Life plans are like that.
Start with a goal, and take the next logical step. And then another. Regardless of where you find yourself, if you can see your goal clearly, there is always the next logical step to take that will get you closer to the goal.
Getting There on Time
Worthier your goal is, harder it is to get. I have felt anxious many times, as I am sure most of us have, when nothing consequential seems to be happening. Or maybe sometimes you may have to take a few steps back. I have found that every retreat or block reveals a good lesson that, if you pay attention, you can use it further up in your journey to avoid bigger problems.
In many ways, these obstacles may look like slowing you down, but in the larger context they might be just what you need to make your overall progress rapid.
Time is often an artificial construct any way. It binds you and enslaves you and you will make bad decisions if you do not control your time.
I am always surprised (and dismayed) at the level of micro management of a project plan that occurs in the corporate setting. Too many milestones and deadlines, with each step charted in advance. All it takes is for one or two things to go wrong and everyone is now scurrying around trying to meet their deadlines. This is a clear case of being controlled by time.
Leave some flexibility in your plan to be able to react, make course corrections, etc. Set interim goals, but be aware of the world around you. Something might happen and throw you an opportunity to make a different choice (than your project plan) and reach your goals significantly faster. If you are too busy with your plan, ticking boxes every day, you will not notice these opportunities.
Walking down the road if you get bumped by a car from behind, dust yourself up and instead of picking up a fight with the driver, ask him for a ride.
The key question you need to ask, in any situation, is “what can I do now that will take me closer to my goal”