Clear Path To
Whenever you take a flight anywhere, you’re off-course over 90% of the
time. Yet you reach your destination 100% of the time! The pilot is constantly having to adjust to changing
wind speeds and directions and is hardly ever on-course ... yet he gets you
Similarly, in life and business, we set a
goal and, midway through, we find ourselves off-course. What do we assume? That we’ve got it all wrong? Then
we beat ourselves up for bad direction. Instead, we should be taking the emotion out of it (as your pilot
does), reminding ourselves of our original plan or goal and then making a technical correction. What this
requires is not emotional reaction to perceived foolishness but Exquisite
Realising that being off-course is normal,
Revisiting your original plan and seeing where a technical correction is needed,
So, what are the steps to creating a
truly grand vision that’s worthy of all you’re capable? Well, obviously, we’d tell you to attend our
Exquisite Thinking course! However, right here, we’ll give you
some practical steps to get moving in the right direction.
Step 1 – What do you want people to say about you at your
Sound a bit gloomy? It’s actually one of
the most inspiring images you can hold for yourself. When your time is done on this earth, what would you
like to have achieved and given to those who you’ve met – how would you like them to remember
Your large business empire?
Your unstinting support and friendship?
Your unbounded enthusiasm and positive
Your generous nature?
Your teaching/coaching skills as an employer or
Your fine houses, cars and holidays?
Your brilliant invention?
Your successful and happy children?
Your love of music/art/drama/sport?
Your golf handicap?
We often dumb down our greatest dreams
and aspirations because we find ourselves off-course. However, at the back of our minds lurks that truly
Grand Design for our life – the one we fall back on when we’re not monitoring our
Step 2 – Get that dream out of your head and on to paper
Get that Grand Design out, dust it off,
write it down and experience the feeling of having achieved it. How does it feel when you see it in print?
Exciting? Challenging? Scary? Fulfilling? Big? Senseless? Dumb?
If it feels bigger than you, if it feels
exciting and scary, if you’d feel proud having achieved it, then you’ve found your Grand
Step 3 – Create a road map
So, now you know what you want to
achieve, whether it’s in one year, 10 years or 40 years. What you probably don’t yet know is how to get there
– that’s normal.
However, despite not knowing everything,
there is a lot you do know so start making a list of what needs to be done. As you progress, more will become
clear. Just work with what you know now:
What money will you need and when?
What new skills/qualifications do you need?
What people and outside skills do you need?
Do you want a mentor or coach to help you on your
What assets – stock, vehicles, buildings etc – will you
Do you need people to emotionally support you,
Just start making the list and keep
writing till you’ve run out of ideas and needs.
Step 4 – Prioritise
Looking at your list, you’ll realise two
What you already have, and
What you still need to get.
Often we do things and have experiences
that we feel were a waste of time or that we were failures at, for some reason. Having created your list of
needs, you will find that some of those “wasted experiences” were, indeed, pivotal to you achieving your
Grand Design! Life is funny like that!
So, do the list again – this time in two
columns. One column is the things or experiences or qualifications/skills or people you already
The second column is those you still need
to acquire. With this column, reorder it so that the easiest things to get are at the
Step 5 – Just do it!
Start with that second column, from the
top. If you need a coach, make a phone call and arrange an exploratory interview. If you need some equipment,
email out to suppliers for quotes. If you need money, make an appointment at your bank to see where your
credit rating stands.
Right now there is something you can do
... this minute, this day. The great thing with taking action is that it invites more action. When you make
that phone call, send that email, talk to that friend, there is an immediate sense of satisfaction and you’ll
want to do more! Do more then!
Step 6 – Remember your vision
Each day, as you wake, recall your Grand
Design. Then, as you take actions through the day, ask yourself this question and make this
“Does this action take me away or towards
my goal? Nothing is for nothing and everything counts.”
You also need to know that you are worth
it and the rest of us deserve to have your Grand Design happen – it’s win-win all