Direction Determines Destination

The great American motivational mentor Jim Rohn said it best, Direction Determines Destination.

What direction are you going in?

10 weeks into the New Year, it’s time to take a look inside and ask yourself, “Is this where I want to be?” Or “Am I at least moving in the direction of my goals?”

After reading those two questions, a few readers will not read any further. They perceive they are caught in the rat race of life rather than moving forward and growing in some way. Those two questions will bring them a great deal of pain and a feeling that life is just passing them by.

Each Sunday night, get into the habit of asking yourself, “Did this week move me closer to where I want to go?” Then try and catch whether or not you are being congruent and telling yourself the truth or just trying to sell yourself a story or lie.

Unfortunately, we get caught up in other people’s direction and what other people want from us. Joseph Campbell said it best:

“It takes courage to do what you want. Other people have a lot of plans for you.”

So, is your goal one that you have inherited from your friends, peers, family or what society has dictated?

Let the power of your own ambition take you where you want to go, to do what you want to do and to create the life you want to live.

Just remember, no one is coming to rescue you. It’s up to you to create whatever life you want. Whatever has to be done, it is you, and only you, who can take responsibility and make it happen.

Make sure you are moving in the direction that you want, because that is where you will find the most joy and fulfillment in life.

A Harvard Business study revealed remarkable statistics relating to goal setting and success.

  • 83% of the population does not have goals
  • 14% have a plan in mind, but their goals are not written down.
  • 3% have goals written down and a detailed plan.
The study found that the 14% who have goals are 10 times more successful than those without goals. The 3% with written goals are 3 times more successful than the 14% with unwritten goals.

Research suggests that any change will require three things:

1. A belief and the self-confidence that you can do it.
2. Not believing the lies and stories you tell yourself.
3. A financial commitment or an investment in your time to learn a new skill.

It’s true that most people plan their vacations with better care than they plan their lives.

At the end of the day, if changing your life means everything to you, you will find a way. If not, you will find an excuse.



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