Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Clarity

I haven't talked about Morning Coach in a while, but today's podcast was pretty interesting. The topic was clarity, looking at how clear are your future goals & objectives.

This is a pretty common theme for self-improvement. It's like the quote from Alice in Wonderland, if you don't know where you're trying to go, any road will do.

It's easy to lose this long term vision in the day to day chaos of life. Even if we have some idea of where we want to go, we don't always know how to get there.

For me, using a journal is a good exercise. It can get me away from the current chaos for a few minutes and spend a little time thinking about that long range vision of mine. I've also established my goals & objectives for the year, both for work and in my personal life. However, the goals can't be put on a shelf in hope of achieving them. I look them over on a regular basis and figure out what to do each week to help move towards those goals.

In Getting Things Done, David Allen talks about "what's the next action?" What do I have to do today to move towards the goal. Success comes when a clear vision is combined with actionable steps to reach that vision. So what are you doing today to move towards your vision?

2 comments:

project timesheet said...

I am reading a book right now, Dandelion Wine by Ray Bradbury. It's not science fiction. Like your post, it forces you to stop and think, live in the now, which with all this tech around us, is hard to do sometimes. I'm clf99 on http://goodreads.com or twitter

Bob Tarne said...

I've had Dandelion Wine on my read list for a while and haven't gotten to it yet. I think it's time to get to it. Thanks.