There’s a difference between having a goal and reaching a goal and that difference is movement. If you aren’t taking actual steps to reach your goal, it’s still in the dream stage. You don’t have to figure everything out in the beginning. That isn’t always possible anyway. But find a way to begin – to go from having a goal to moving toward your goal.
Hope has three components: A goal to make your future better than the present, the belief that you have the power to make it so, and multiple pathways to achieve that brighter future. “Waypower thinking” enhances your belief in your ability to generate multiple routes to reach your goal. This is a key to Excelerated Movement™.
Good intentions are necessary to point you in the right direction. But good intentions by themselves get you nowhere. You’re at the starting line — what are you going to do now? Action triumphs over good intentions every time.
Two related principles of the Excelerated Life™ deal with setting and achieving BIG (Bold, Important, Gratifying) goals. The two principles are Goals and Goal Setting and Action. Goal setting is an important step but by itself is not enough. Once you have your BIG goal in mind, you must start to take the actions that enable you to achieve it.
I have told the story before about my client, “Mary”, who came back for more coaching after she had set some good, workable goals but had failed to make progress on any of them. I told Mary at the time that a goal “was a necessary step toward creating her best life, but it is only a step . . . a beginning step at that. She needed to develop strategies – a detailed plan – to help her progress toward achieving her goals.”