Reach for the Stars

Reach for Stars book cover

What is your big vision? What one thing do you desire most strongly?

What are you doing about it?

Did you say that you want to grow your business – bring in more clients and more money? Did you say that you want to make more money and work less so that you can spend more time with your family? Or are you looking to become more confident in “selling” your services?

Whatever it is – what one thing have you done, today, that is going to help you get there?

If  you’re like me – or many others, you might find that you go through many days working on the “to do” list without making progress on the inspired action items that are going to help you achieve your desired goal. Every once in a while, you realize it and step up to the plate and work on your business and your goals.

Stop for a moment and look at what your vision of the future actually is. Do you see it?

Maybe, first, you need to step back and figure out what your vision is. What do you desire most strongly to achieve? Your vision is the “big picture”. It requires you to stop looking down at the details and instead look forward to see the landscape open up before you with a world of possibility. Look forward and see what your business and life can become.

Once you see your vision, it’s more clear what actions can help you achieve it.

It is more than the actions you take, it is also about the actions that you need to avoid! Avoid actions that are keeping you off track. Avoid interactions that keep you focused on the frustrations and daily grind. Instead, interact with those people that help you stay focused on your vision. Replace the old, ineffective action or interaction with a new action or interaction that does support your progress.

Look at your habits. Often, we have habits that are keeping us stuck right where we are. Maybe, some of the habitual actions and interactions are ones that we need to avoid! Oh, and remember that it takes about 28 days to create a new habit. In order to avoid old habits, make sure you pick new habits to form. Then, keep working on taking those new actions. Research shows that we must do the new actions every day for about 28 days. NASA research showed that if you miss a day, you need to start over at Day 1. Just keep at it. Remember to keep starting at Day 1, and you are going to make it to Day 28. And, remember to be patient and compassionate with yourself when you need to restart at Day 1. It is simply a restart, not a failure. After Day 28, the new habit is yours to keep!

Our greatest glory is not in never falling but in rising every time we fall. – Confucius

Reach for Stars book coverMy in-laws gave me a little book (I mean, yes, it is literally a small book) called “Reach for the Stars” by Peter Pauper Press. It’s a gift book that is filled with wonderful, inspiring quotations. The one above, by Confucius, is one of them. I picked it up the other day and was inspired to revisit my vision and keep a closer watch on my thoughts and words and habits. Yes, I have to stay aware and alert and refocus my thinking and my actions on a regular basis. This helps me to stay with what is working and what I am capable of.

Life is a grindstone, and whether it grinds you down or polishes you up is for you and you alone to decide.
– Cavett Robert

Coach’s Challenge:

Stop right now.

Think about your vision. Do you see it, taste it, smell it, feel it? If your answer is no, then take some time to do a Vision Exercise. Check out the Coach’s Challenge in this post for instructions.

Then, do each of these:

  • Pick one action you can do today to begin to live the life that you visioned for yourself
  • Pick one action that you want to avoid (spending time with someone who is negative, spending time playing that computer game, etc.)
  • Pick one habit that you’d like to change
  • Pick a new habit to replace it
  • Decide on and commit to doing this new habit each day
  • Remember to simply restart on Day 1 as many times as it takes – no judgment, no self-flagellation – simply start again

Suggested Resource:

Check out this small book for a large dose of inspiration: Reach for the Stars by Peter Pauper Press