March 1, 2016

How to Write a Roadmap to Success


By Teresa Ford

The level of satisfaction we achieve in this life is relative to the types of questions we ask ourselves. If we are asking ourselves the right questions, we will, in essence, give permission to listen to ourselves speak innate wisdom in reply.

At the new year, many of us spent time in reflection of another year lived and expressed a desire, on some level, to achieve the hopes and dreams in our hearts for the coming year. Whether or not they were formal New Year’s “resolutions” or not, it’s around this time of year that we find ourselves falling back into old pat-terns and struggling to remember the goals we enthusiastically set just a few months ago. At times it feels more like our life is running us and we’re just trying to keep up.

Let’s be honest, there has never been a single day in your life that you rose in the morning determined to do your absolute worst. Never once have you said to yourself at the beginning of a new day, “Today, I will fail on a whole new level.” Right? No, you’ve never said that. You may very well feel overwhelmed by your ‘to-do’ list but it has never been your intention to perform poorly. Most likely, we try on a daily basis to perform to the best of our abilities. But, as humans do, we run out of time, energy, and self-discipline to reach our lofty goals.  Having a clear idea of what success for the day actually looks like will help us measure our satisfaction in a much more effective way.

More often than not, the only roadmap to our success currently in place looks a lot like “get it done.” It’s not all that clear, but our intention to do more in less time is admirable. Deep down, we want to believe we can be successful in life. We fall in love with the idea of how much better our lives could be if only we could do/be/have X, Y or Z by the end of the day/week/month. However, we will not find that success until we begin asking ourselves the right questions and plotting a rational roadmap to get there.

So here’s what you can do to easily define your roadmap. Let’s use the common goal to get fit—because it’s always at the top of our awareness. Ask yourself this question, “What steps do I need to take to eat nutritiously dense foods more often during the day?” Your distinctive wisdom will tell you the way, because you already know the answers. It will say, plain as day, something along the lines of, “Add grocery shopping to your calendar like an appointment, make a list so your shopping is efficient, and then prepare the food for consumption.”

Success now looks like 3 individual check points on a very clear roadmap:

o Go to the store. Check it off. (SUCCESS!)

o Purchase nutritiously-dense foods. Check, check. (SUCCESS!)

o Prepare the food for consumption. Check-ity-check-check. (SUCCESS!)

You can feel pretty good about measuring your success using this type of tangible mapping.

Another goal of yours might be to stop being so gall-darn tired. If you need more sleep, ask yourself, “What do I need to do to get in bed sooner?” You’ll hear yourself come up with a very effective and competent answer. You’ll have a similar check list as the food example:  1) Begin bedtime routines, 2) Turn the TV/Computer/lights off before 8pm 3) Tuck yourself in bed. ✓. ✓. ✓. SUCCESS! Imagine how you’ll feel waking up rested. It’s a superb feeling, and there’s no telling what you’ll be able to do with a clear mind and an energized body!

A goal doesn’t have to be so far out there that it remains only a dream or a wish. When you realize that your inner perception already has the answers to your success you’ll feel more empowered to take action, even in the midst of a hectic lifestyle. Our level of fulfillment in this life is self-determined by our perceived ability to succeed, so let it happen on a much more palpable level! You will find that an increased level of success and satisfaction with your performance is just one specific question away.

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