Looking to reset in 2022? Start with HERE!
By Ali Robinson-Rogers
Founder SerenityMode Coaching
A GPS or Global Positioning System, is a global navigation satellite system that is used to provide the location, velocity and time synchronization. These days, you can find GPS systems almost everywhere - especially in your car and on your smartphone. Even though there are five main uses of GPS, including mapping and timing, most of us use GPS to help us get to where we are going, by helping to determine our position (location), helping us get from one place to another (navigation) and also monitoring our movement (tracking).
What most people don’t realize when they are on a journey to self-development is that they consider where they want to be without identifying where they currently are, or in other words, navigating to their destination without entering their starting point (or current location).
To be successful in your personal and professional growth you will need to develop your own internal GPS - and that starts with identifying where you currently are. The most powerful thing about being brought to the place of desiring more, is that it can help you to increase your gratitude, stamina and resistance. The self-discovery involved in determining where your “you are here” point is on the map provides opportunity to explore your surroundings, reflect on your perspective and in many cases determine how you even go to this place.
While it may not seem like it at first, and while you are going through it - all of your experiences from the past, built the present day you. If you are not where you want to be, or doing what you want to be doing, starting here is the best possible way to build your plan for the future. Understanding what brought you to this point can be difficult, because you may feel as if you don’t have all the answers yet. But trust me, it will be worth it. If you are like me, my pain and frustration brought me to the place of needing help and created a desire for something different. While, by all accounts, from the outside looking-in everything seemed fine - I was a career focused woman, entrepreneur, wife and mother - there was so much going on around me that I did not have a high level of serenity which creates the condition of clarity necessary to grow. Starting with where you are helps to create that needed level of serenity and positions you for a smooth journey towards reaching your goals.
Try these simple steps to determine your “you are here” point on the road to achieving your goals:
Check your surroundings. Take a look around - a literal look around and a figurative look around. Discover what about your current situation is working and what is not working for you. In other words, what’s your “why” for wanting more. In this observation remember to note the things you have to be grateful for as well as the things you want to improve.
Prepare for the trip ahead. Plan for what’s to come. When I am going to a football game, I am sure to take blankets, gloves, a hat, and a comfortable seat when it’s cold. I also prepare my mind for the cold conditions, by acknowledging and accepting that it is possible. When you think about where you want to be, what will you need there? Most people definitely need a mindset shift, but what else? Patience, time, support? Whatever it may be, ensure that you note it especially if it is something you will need to work on.
Determine your level of determination. Willingness is one of the most important components of growth and change. Think about how willing you are to change how you do things, learn new things and be in a new place once you arrive.
Set your “cruise control." Commit, commit, commit! Being committed and staying committed to the journey requires discipline, just as using cruise control on your car helps you stay relatively at the same speed - find what is going to keep you on track. Do you need to set aside daily, weekly to work on your goals? Do you need an accountability partner? Don’t forgo the importance of putting this in place before you start.
Getting to your personal and professional goals does not have to be difficult, but it does require you to do some work on the front end and along the way. Set your internal GPS for maximum results, so you can reach your goals with ease.
Ali Robinson-Rogers is an author, speaker, consultant and certified coach. She works with world-changers to break barriers and disrupt unhelpful thinking so that they can reach their goals in leadership, life and love. Learn more about Ali and here personal and professional development practice at www.serenity-mode.com.