Turn On Your Headlights: How to Get from Where You Are to Where You Want to Go

Have you ever had the experience of knowing what you really wanted, but having no idea how to get there ? I know I have. It can be really frustrating!

I’d know what the end result was that I wanted, but didn’t know all of the steps it would take to make it happen. So I’d get overwhelmed, I’d stall, and I wouldn’t do what it took to get to my goal.

Then I had an interesting thought. I just had to turn on my headlights! Let me tell you what I mean.How to Reach Your Goals

Let’s say you were driving in the evening from Los Angeles to San Francisco. If you took US 101, it would be about a 430 mile drive. Now, you would not be able to see all 430 miles of that road. In fact, once you pulled out of your driveway and turned on your headlights, you’d only be able to see about 180 feet in front of you.

Yet, we don’t let that stop us. We don’t get paralyzed by fear. We don’t sit there and worry, “What’s going to happen when I get to the end of this 180 feet—I won’t be able to see anything!?!” No, we simply drive the illuminated section of the road, and trust that when we get to the end of the part that’s lit, the next section of road will be illuminated as we move forward. And that’s how we do the whole 430 miles—180 feet at a time!

The “Best Case Scenario”

I realized that this was exactly what I needed to do with my business goals! I needed to set the goal, lay out the steps I could see in front of me, and trust that as I got toward the end of the part that was clear to me, the next steps would become evident. And they always do!

I like to begin by asking myself “What’s the best case scenario?” And then I figure out the first step to take me in that direction. And I do that step. Then, I determine what’s next and do that. I keep moving in the right direction.

It can work the same way for you. You do what you can in the part you can see, and trust that when you get to the end of the part that’s illuminated, you’ll see the next part of the path…the next step on the journey. That’s the way it works. 180 feet at a time.

Everything does not have to be perfect before you start! You don’t have to know every single step you’ll take. Waiting for that is a recipe for staying stuck, a recipe for never moving toward your big goals.

Here are a few tips:

1. Set big goals. Don’t worry if you don’t know every step you need to take to reach them. Just “turn on your headlights,” and do what’s in front of you.

2. Be willing to change. It’s impossible to reach a big goal without learning and growing, and becoming even more. Get ready to grow!

3. Celebrate your successes along the way. It helps build momentum and excitement.

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