When I was young, I wanted to be so many things.
I wanted to be a performer, a pilot, a star athlete, a wealthy tycoon, and even, a garbage truck driver.
I didn’t know what I wanted to be, and where I was going.
I only started finding success in my life, thanks to this one practice. [link to annual planning]
Fast forward 25 years.
And you know what? I found myself in a very similar place.
Did I know where I was headed?
The curse of choices.
When I was older, the options were already narrowed down, but I still found myself wanting to be so many things.
I figured, and wanted to do so may things, and all at the same time!
I couldn’t decide on which one, because all of them seemed so viable, and realistic. And pretty to boot!
Writing was something that I always wanted to do, and I also enjoyed the process and creative fun of writing songs. I wanted to be successful in business, and also continue to coach and make an impact on people’s lives.
I had so many choices to choose from. So many dreams to turn into reality. So many goals to chase after.
And that was a blessing, and a curse.
I didn’t know which one to go for.
Wanting it all at the same time.
I realized that I fell into the trap of wanting all of those dreams at the same time.
I burned myself out thinking, imagining, but doing nothing to move forward.
Because I was afraid if I moved forward along one path, I would close the door on the other paths, and find that I would never be able to return.
But because I never picked a path to venture forth into, I never got any action done in my life.
I actually, never got anywhere closer to my dreams.
If anything, my dreams drifted farther and farther away from my grasp.
Could I get all those? Everything that I wanted?
Of course! With a resounding yes! You can get anything you want in your life, if you commit and set out for it.
But, not all at the same time.
If I started with one, even the simplest one, then at least I would have gotten that dream first, and then worked on achieving the next one, and then the next one.
Not all at the same time.
One by one, step by step.
Having too many directions, is having no direction.
I tried to do so many different things at once, and ended up going nowhere.
Years went by, with me trying to hold on to all of my dreams, and desperately trying to keep all the doors open, yet never stepping through any of them.
Not realizing that I had to step through a door, and commit to a path, in order to move forward in my life.
Choosing a direction, is the beginning to actually having a directions.
Trying to go to different places at the same time, results in you not getting anywhere.
I didn’t at the time, that for me to have massive results, and get closer to achieving my dreams, it was necessary to choose first, focus, and do.
This meant that I had to take a good look at what I had, and where I was coming from.
This meant that I had to choose which one I wanted to commit to first, and leave the rest behind.
Because I have faith that when I have achieved what I wanted, I can always go back to fulfill the rest.
It’s a myth to say that you’ll never be able to get all that you want in life.
Not all at the same time. Especially when you’re starting out, and building your skills, capabilities, and your person.
Decide where to go, and the rest will follow.
Because, as the old Chinese saying goes, the journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.
And before that happens, you have to decide in what direction to take the step.
You are in control, you are the driver of your life.
But you never get anywhere by sitting still.
To have direction, means to direct one’s self.
And all the other details, will follow.
You will find a way to get there.
But you have to decide first, where “there” is.
And I had to learn, how to decide, and how to put all of that into action.
Want to learn more about having, and deciding, your direction for the coming year? Sign-up for my FREE course here on The 4 Keys To Having A Breakthrough Year!