Each day is filled with a gazillion choices. Our minds run through a series of “what ifs”, but do we really sit down and make a choice based on how we want things to end up?
It was almost a decade ago, when I discovered what I call the holly grail for those people craving changes in their life. It was an orange book with a happy person on the cover. “How to be your own life coach” by Fiona Harrold. It introduced me to one thing that has helped me ever since. It is called SMART goal setting. SMART stands for Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic and Time bound. And here was the catch. You actually had to sit down and write them, not just visualize them. I came across SMART in different variations ever since, but that first book forced me to see choices in the long term.
I am a great believer in making choices with the end in mind. If you think about it, would you trust a captain of a ship who would not know where she was heading?
Some people say that this kind of thinking would deprive you from spontaneity. But, here is the thing, even though you want the voyage to run smoothly you still do not know what the sea is going to do. It is hard to know what life is going to bring too. Whether you are ready to sail without a fixed destination or with one, you are bound to have an adventure, but if you know where you are going, each day is more hopeful and purposeful. Sometimes, you can even get an alternative end. And don’t you just love those?