“Direction, not the intention, determines your destination.” – Andy Stanley.
Evan Carmichael talks about the importance of the strength of being able to express yourself and your core thrust in a single word.
For me a summarizing word is #valuable. Each person’s contribution is valuable and will benefit all of us when you give what you have to offer.
To be even more useful I want to hover over a practice that I have talked about before: setting a target condition. If you have one word, one driving principle, or a vision of how the future is going to be, you need to set a target condition for today.
If you want to retire with $2 million, you need to know how much you need to save today to reach your goal. If you are losing weight, you need to know what you can eat today to get to 170 pounds in 6 months. If you are starting a business, you need to know the revenue that you need to make today in order to make the company successful. You won’t hit your target condition every day. Sometimes there will be delicious desserts offered, or an unexpected expense, or slow sales. But sometimes you will exceed your expectations.
The purpose of the target condition is to know what you should be doing today. Your target conditions set your direction. If you want $2m, but don’t have a day-to-day plan, you will never make it there.
When you are climbing Everest, you will know how many kilometres you need to travel on any given day. The daily number of kilometres is your target condition. Some days will be less, and some days will be more. And if you always shoot towards the target condition, you will get to where you are going.
What are your target conditions that you will meet to achieve your long-term target (goal)?