Creating Your Game Plan for Success
“The indispensable first step to getting the things you want out of life is this: Decide what you want.” – Ben Stein
One of two things, more often than not, stops people from being successful:
- With so much opportunity and excitement possible, people can’t decide what to do first. The literally become “paralyzed with potential”.
- People rush full speed into one particular element of their destiny, spending a whirlwind of time, energy and money in a “let’s do this as fast as possible” mode. Like a runaway horse, though,this short burst of energy usually looks much more impressive than the results produced.
Jean Cocteau drives this point home: “The speed of a runaway horse counts for nothing.”
What is the answer?
I believe it’s to create a game plan, or blueprint to follow to help you navigate along the path to success. If you were starting out driving on a cross-country trip, would you begin without a map? Of course not. Nor should you begin moving toward your goals and destiny without a similar course of action in mind.
Another way to think of this concept is this: Many people who struggle with a sense of direction would not attempt a cross-country trip without some type of map and compass to help them reach their ultimate destination. As we discuss destiny (a derivative of destination) and goals, kit is important to utilize any tool or tools that can help get you where you want to go.
A compass (advice for finding direction) can symbolize your goals.
For example, if you determine that you want to travel north, then you will need a compass (goals), to tell you in which direction to travel. Without a compass (goals), you may want to travel north, but it will be extremely difficult to do so.
Just as a compass was important for sailors crossing the ocean many years ago (and it’s still invaluable today), so too are goals and a game plan important for your long journey to your destination.
Take Ownership of Your Vision
Late U.S. President John F. Kennedy was the best example of someone setting a goal, taking ownership of a vision and creating a game plan to accomplish this vision. In a speech before a joint session of Congress on May 25, 1961, President Kennedy announced the ambitious goal for the United States to send the first man to the moon and safely return him home. All of this was to be accomplished before the end of the 1960s. How’s that for vision?
This decision involved much consideration and an enormous amount of money and human effort to make project Apollo come to fruition in 1969. Shortly after the goal was announced, a tremendously ambitious game plan was created and executed over the course of eight years with the combined efforts of the federal government, NASA and engineers and contractors from all over the United States.
Tragically, President Kennedy did not live to see the realization of his goal. He was assassinated in Dallas, Texas, on November 22, 1963.
On July 20,1969, Apollo 11 commander Neil Armstrong and astronaut Buzz Aldrin stepped off the lunar module and onto the moon’s surface, as millions of people around the world tuned in on their radios and televisions to hear the following words: “That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.” Shortly thereafter, the Apollo 11 team safely returned home and President Kennedy’s vision was realized.
The game plan that was put into place on May 25, 1961 has forever changed the boundaries of what is possible in space exploration. If you were also to create a game plan in pursuit of your passion, and take action on a daily basis, what could you ultimately achieve?
This is a tough question, because if you are like most people you may be thinking: “Okay, I have dreams that I want to accomplish, but I have no idea how to even get started.”
In our next few articles we’ll talk about some tools that will help you get started and help you achieve success.
**This is an excerpt from my book: “Creating Your Own Destiny”
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