1. Inspiration – Be inspired, let an idea spin your wheels and transform your mind. The sky is the limit, what are your goals? What are you willing to do to achieve them? What motivates you? Follow your inspiration and give it all you got. Reach for the stars, never be afraid of the risk. Every risk comes with faith and courage. Be courageous with your inspiration. Winston Churchill said, “Courage is going from failure to failure without losing enthusiasm.”
2. Relationships – We all need them. Surround yourself with positive people. You can’t do it alone. The stronger your network of family and friends the easier your path to success. Marinate the beauty in each relationship as a stepping stone to your kingdom. We all need support; life is built on relationships. You will find that your relationships will carry you through the good times and the bad. Use social media to make connections you never knew were within your reach. Nurture those you love.
3. Pathway – Find a path and define your route. You are a living GPS capable of routing any destination. Plan it out on paper. Look for road blocks and possible detours that will keep you from your destination. Sometimes faster is not best, as kingdoms take the time to build.
4. Accountability – Be accountable to your self. Use a journal to sketch/draft your idea1s, outline your path and set your goals. Set reasonable targets in reasonable timeframe1s. Mini goals will keep you accountable. Share them with a buddy, so you are accountable to someone besides yourself. Ask this person to check in with you to see how you are doing. Reward yourself along the way to stay motivated.
5. Grace – We all are given grace. Take time to be thankful and appreciate those that are helping you along your path. Never for one minute think that others do not have a tremendous impact on everything you do. A hand written note remains a way to take a minute out of your day to say thanks (and a stamp).
Each one of these steps has been a great influence in my life. Whether I have used these ideas for a new workout plan, starting a company, completing the MS 150, Rachel Carson Challenge or other physical challenge, managing a team or just planning a trip.
Capture your dreams, work hard to achieve them, and the reward sometimes will be the trip along the path. That path will eventually lead you somewhere beautiful gracefully.