Part 5: This is it—The GRAND DESIGN!
Are you ready?
Ready to write (and right) your future?
Ready to be bold, dream big and put it (your aspirations) on the line (literally)?
Ready to proclaim your BHAGs (Big, Hairy and Audacious Goals)?
This is it. It’s time for the GRAND DESIGN.
This is actually the easy part. You knew about goal-setting before this course—how to make a list of what you want to accomplish in the next one to 10 years.
The difficult part has been the process we have gone through to get here—figuring out who you really are, assessing how you’ve done in life so far, and most important, what assets, strengths and opportunities you have to work with going forward. We’ll come to another big challenge later in the series when we work on figuring out how to take the dreams, ambitions and big goals from your Grand Design and develop the plan of action to achieve them. But right now we’re going to focus on developing your Grand Design. And as a result, you’ll identify the person, the accomplishments and the life you have always wanted to have.
The links to the Guidelines document and the entire set of worksheets to design your 10-year and this year’s goals are listed in the RSS feed excerpt sent to your inbox. The Guidelines document contains subtle and seemingly inconsequential instructions and questions. But following these instructions and writing your goals will help you transform your wishes and aspirations into results. We will also “scrub” all your goals to make sure they are S.M.A.R.T., BALANCED and will ultimately produce the whole-life success you desire.
Download and complete the GRAND DESIGN Worksheets – download 5. (NOTE: The links to the worksheet downloads are sent via the e-mail feed. If you are just now registering, the current and prior links will be in the next feed. E-mail feeds typically go out in the evening, following the published post.)
Before you begin this exciting process, I want to prepare you with a few thoughts:
Go BIG. Your tendency may be to prejudge your ability to have and achieve what your mind conceives, but let it flow. You may also prejudge your “worthiness” to have what your mind wants, but let it go.
It has been proven countless times by average people with meager beginnings who have risen to become extraordinary, world-changing achievers: Anything you can clearly visualize and genuinely desire is within the realm of possibility for you.
Or as the great Napoleon Hill put it, “Whatever the mind can conceive and believe, the mind can achieve.”
Your mind doesn’t care about the size of your goals. If you set little goals, you’ll achieve little goals; if you set big goals, you can achieve big goals. And for the most part it takes just as much time, energy and life force to achieve big goals as it does little ones. So don’t hesitate and Go BIG!
Ask. We have been given a great promise that requires very little from you… only to ask:
“Ask and it will be given to you, seek and you will find, knock and it will be opened to you.” —Matthew 7:7
Expect. You are called to greatness. Answer the call. Expect greatness from yourself. Your responsibility is to live out your greatest potential and be the best you possibly can be. Right here, right now.
Expect little and, as a result, receive little. Have great expectations.
Fear not. Lastly, I leave you to consider this passage from Marianne Williamson’s A Return to Love:
“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, and fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small doesn’t serve the world. There’s nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We are born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us, it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”
Do you have some BHAGs you want to publically declare? Questions, observations, encouragement for others? We welcome your comments.
Sooooo much more to come! We have now envisioned our dream house and built the foundation, but we still have to figure out all the materials, resources and the needed construction plan necessary to build this house of your dreams. Until the next installment…