Write It Down
Do you have a written plan for your life? In my experience about 3% of the people I ask this question say “yes”, but these are usually the most successful 3%
I know what you are thinking. You are thinking that you know exactly what you want to achieve in your life and it is all in your head. That’s fine of course except there is no commitment to a thought pattern. Ever wondered what happened to those wonderful ideas that you had last year, what you were going to do, the successes you were going to achieve. It is very difficult to put ideas into action until they are written down.
Think about your company strategy for this year. Can you imagine what would have happened during the year if the strategy had not been in writing? That’s right, Nothing!
Everything is created twice!
I don’t know if you’ve ever thought of that but nothing substantial or of any value is created only once, they are all created twice. First in the mind of the creator, then in fact.
When a car manufacturer wants to build a new car he doesn’t sit down with a big sheet of metal and start banging, he creates the car in his mind then puts it down on paper, no work will be done on the actual car until every detail is complete in the mind of its creator and on the paper in front of him. This process can take months and sometimes even years before the building of the actual car begins.
When you want to build your own house you don’t find a spare piece of land, have a truckload of bricks delivered and start building. What sort of house would you expect if that were your approach? No! You would start with a few ideas of your own then contact an architect to make realistic drawings of the finished property. You would then meet him again and change things until they are just right. You would consult all the stakeholders, your family, the local council, even the neighbours and get their input before finally starting on the building work.
We all know this. So why do we leave life to chance?
Why do we spend so much time designing the house we live in and the car we drive and expect our life just to bumble along without any direction? It makes no sense!
Like all things of value, your life should be created twice. Firstly in your mind and on paper, and only when you are happy with the design should you start to build it. Just like building that house, you should consult the stakeholders, probably your family, before you complete the design.
To start to build your life to achieve your full potential you need to have a clear picture of what you want to achieve in your mind. Just like the car manufacturer you need to visualise the finished product before your start to put the pieces together.