1 true north 2What is the difference between how you will spend this coming week and how you want to spend it?  How far away from your goals are you right now, and what are you doing to get there?  Those are the question I was asked earlier this year. 

How to design your life.

Those are tough questions to answer for anyone, wouldn’t you agree?  Especially, if you are not heading in the direction of your True North.  However, if you are trying to design the life you truly want they are necessary ones to consider. 

First let me define True North – It is the direction you want your life to be headed spiritually, personally, and professionally. 

To help define your True North consider this list…..

  • Your mission should be greater than only the things you want to accomplish.
  • Your goals should be larger than what you can accomplish right now.
  • Your plan should point you in the direction of your True North.
  • Your daily activities should be designed around your True North
  • Make your training time point in the direction you want to go
  • Raise your own bar – do not compare your self to others.  You are trying to improve your self not someone else.
  • Do all the above out of love for your life and others, not the love of the result you might receive.
  • Help enough other people get what they want, and soon you will have what you want.

All of those are Simple to say, and much harder to do, don’t you agree?  Did you notice how that whole list builds on each other?  This list is hard, I agree!  It is something I struggled with at the first of this year!

I am going to assume – and if I am wrong, let me know – most of us are working on surface issues more than the core of how we want our business or our life designed.  We worry that we don’t have skills of “so and so”, or we don’t have the resources of “blank”, and because of these comparisons we are unsure how to move forward.  None of this helps us design our life or our business. 

Maybe I am alone in this matter, but I don’t think so.  At the first of this year I was not as focused as I needed to be.  My direction was fuzzy, and because of it my revenue was down!  It was hard for me to see the future that I truly wanted – then I was asked those questions and asked to consider this list.  Since then, I have applied this list to my life and business.

  • A mission greater than only the things I want to accomplish:  My mission is to help people and businesses see the ways they can use online marketing to accomplish their goals.
  • Goals larger than what you think you can accomplish right now:   I set revenue goals 100% higher than I have ever accomplished before.  If you don’t mind I will keep the personal and spiritual goals to myself at this point.
  • Your plan should point you in the direction of your True North:  Today my daily plan only consists of 1 or 2 and maybe 3 tasks that keep my focused on my True North.
  • Your daily activities should be designed around your True North:  Now, if it doesn’t help me advance my mission it is not a part of my daily plan.  I have become incredibly guarded of my time.
  • Raise your bar – do not compare your self to others – you are designing your life:  Today I train myself to be better than I was yesterday.  I make up my own bench marks to monitor my improvements.  I have stopped comparing myself to others and I am working to design my life to be my own – not like someone else’s.
  • Do all the above out of love for your life and others, not the love of the result you might receive:  There was something liberating that occurred when I put my focus on helping others and celebrating their personal successes.
  • Help enough other people get what they want, and soon you will have what you want:  Zig Ziglar was 100% correct on this one.  Teaching others to succeed in area’s that I have had success is how you can accomplish as much as you are able.

Life and business is much better now!  What changed?  I took ownership of the tools at my disposal, and focused on how to best use them to move forward.  I allowed myself to be coached and my focus for the future has become very clear. 

Let me be clear – I do get off track occasionally.  Life is full of distractions.  The key is to recognize you are off track.  Define why you got off track.  Then, get back on the right path.

These questions really helped me and for that reason I wanted to share them with you.  I hope you see their value.  Please don’t hesitate to contact me at 870-404-6789 if I can be of assistance.

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