Finding your way doesn’t have to be complicated. You need to find your key to stay on target. Nobody else’s key will work for you. The key they have may look similar or be made of the same substance, but your key will be unique in all the world (just like you).
How are you staying on target?
“You can do it in just 10 minutes.” I had a friend that shared her way for getting things done. She had managed to write a novel by using this key – all while raising and schooling five children.
“I can do it in 10 minutes,” I told myself. I set my timer and got started. It turns out I can do it in 10 minutes, or at least some of it in 10 minutes, but I don’t like doing it in those increments – at least no every time.
I do better when I switch things up, especially when it comes to my writing. My key was not her key. If I’m going to stay on target I have to find the key that works for me. If you are going to stay on target, you have to find the key that works for you. If the key doesn’t work then we won’t get it done.
Simple Rules for Finding Your Way
- If you don’t work it then it doesn’t matter how good it is for others.
- Just because it worked before doesn’t mean it will work now.
- Just because it worked for them doesn’t mean it will work for you.
- Just because you can doesn’t mean you should.
I sat in on a discussion about goals and shared my revelation that BIG DREAM goals still need to be too big and too impossible to be SMART. SMART goals are: Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, Timely.
The reaction I received was what I expected. “Goals have to be SMART.”
I didn’t try to argue or sway their emphatic declarations. If SMART goals work for them, that’s great for them. For me, my BIG DREAM goals need to be a little bit impossible and a little bit scary.
You change. Situations change. Determinations change. With each change, adjustments become necessary. If you keep trying to do the same old thing then you will keep getting the same old results.
Take a moment to look at what you are doing to determine if what you are doing will work for you moving forward. Finding your way may mean you need to make a change.
I had someone tell me that the way I was writing wouldn’t work. I respected the authority of the person telling me what would work. He had a company and a brand and was doing things. He had to know what would work.
I changed what I was doing without slowing down to see how things were working for me. If I had slowed down and looked around I would have seen that what I was doing was working – maybe it wasn’t what he thought should work but it was working. Eventually, I went back to what had been working because the way he wanted me to go didn’t work for me.
There will be things that come along that you can do – you may have a particular gift or talent for doing it. But if you do one thing then you won’t have the resources to do something else. So you need to wight the cost of doing something and be willing to say no so you can have the space for saying yes to something better.
Your key is unique to do. Use the rules for staying on target and finding to define and hone your key so you can find what works for you and work it.