Guest Bloggers: Charmaine Hammond & Debra Kasowski, authors of “GPS Your Best Life – Charting Your Destination and Getting There in Style” to be released on Nov 21, 2012
“If you don’t know where you are going, how can you expect to get there?” This is a quote by Basil S. Walsh.
The challenge for many people is knowing where they want to go, and what they want to have, be and achieve.
Imagine going to a mega mall that you have never been to, one where you could get lost in the parking lot, let alone in the mall. Amy and Emma had were overwhelmed by the size of the mall, and how they would find their vehicle after a day of shopping. As they entered the mall they noticed the “you are here” sign. Taking note of the current location was the first step in finding their car at the end of the day and navigating through the mall. This sign helped them Get Positioned for Success (GPS).
To GPS your best life, you must first know where you are, then visualize where you would like to be, and finally map out a plan to get you there. Here are a few tips to help you GPS your best life, and get there in style:
Knowing where you are:
Knowing where you are right now… not yesterday and not tomorrow… but right now, is the first step. Take a few minutes to acknowledge your strengths, your values and what makes you who YOU are. Think about the quality of the relationships you are in (friendships, business collaborations, marriage or dating, family relationships, and your relationship with yourself). Consider the aspects of your life that are comfortable or better yet, going well. What about the areas where you feel off course?
Knowing where you are is the first step in getting in the driver’s seat to create your best life.
Where you’d like you go:
Once you have a sense of where you are, think about where you would like to go, or what you would like to do, be and have. Sometimes people discover their purpose (true calling), some were born with it, and in some cases, their purpose finds them. Your purpose or true calling is your WHY. To get greater clarity on your true calling, ask yourself these questions:
What revs my engine?
What do I love to do that feels effortless?
What do people acknowledge my strengths to be?
When I sit back and imagine my life as it could be, what does that look like?
When you are crystal CLEAR on the “what and the why”, the how begins to emerge
Mapping a plan to get there:
Sometimes people try to map their plan before they are CLEAR on the what and the why. Mapping your plan is the how. When you know what your life is like now, and what you envision for future, you can map out how to achieve that reality.
Chunk it down, think about the actions in bite size pieces. Write down every possible action (don’t’ worry about the order of the steps) to make the goal a reality. Every day, choose five mini actions, we call this your Daily Five GPS steps. Little steps lead to consistent action and big results.
And along the journey remember to acknowledge your growth and successes, and share them with others.
Charmaine Hammond and Debra Kasowski are the authors of GPS Your Best Life- Charting Your Destination and Getting There in Style. Jack Canfield, co-author of The Success Principles and Chicken Soup for the Soul says that “Charmaine and Debra show you how to navigate through life’s inevitable roadblocks and obstacles with ease and grace, so you can reach your desired destination”. To find out how to GPS Your Best Life, visit www.gpsyourbestlife.com