This week we're map-making – breaking down a destination (place we want to get to) into doable to-dos, and I'm sensing the tension between single-minded focus and going-with-the-flow. So let's talk about how to hold the tension, without falling into the what-about-this? swirl.
Once you have a destination + a map:
Go all in.
Do everything it takes to figure out how, specifically, you could get there.
Be willing to do whatever it takes (with integrity) to get there.
If you can't imagine giving it your all, take a break, step back. Locate your enthusiasm. And create a destination around THAT.
(If you can't find any enthusiasm, honey, you need to take a break. Rest, read, sip tea, snuggle…and then when you feel energized come back to this.)
From your whole-hearted dedicated space, remember:
The destination does not define you.
It doesn't indicate your worth.
Reaching it will not (necessarily) make you better, smarter, richer.
Reaching it or not reaching it doesn't matter nearly as much as dedicating yourself to a direction and then moving with intentional action to it, day after day.
It's not about the destination, it's about identifying what you want and how you could get there.*
As Danielle LaPorte puts it, “Want it with all your heart, but don't be attached to getting it.”
So why bother?
Because you'll never get anywhere without a dedicated, doable plan. It's not that you have to complete the map, exactly as you imagine it. It's that you learn as you go…and a map tells you how to start going.
The power of your own map is twofold:
1. It forces you to prioritize. Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest? No,that's no longer the question. The question is: what actions will get you closer to your destination?
2. You learn by doing. Your map provides a list of things for you to try and experiment with.
And that's where all the learning, growing (even making money) happens:
Do something towards the destination.
Pay attention to what works.
Note what doesn't work (or feels bad/exhausting/overwhelming).
Without the destination in mind, you wouldn't know what to try. But if you stay too attached to getting it, you don't learn the lessons that come with adjusting.*
It's true! All that adjusting might result in:
Not reaching your destination.
Deciding you don't want to go to that destination.
Bypassing that destination in pursuit of a new, better-suited-to-you destination.
“A goal is not always meant to be reached, it often serves simply as something to aim at.”
What's your destination for this quarter? What has it taught you about getting there?
*It can be hard to take a break to reassess and adjust. That's why I built it into the Solo Mission – so you don't have to remember it on your own.