Start At The End
It is said you can’t get where you want to go if you don’t know where you’re going. Sometimes we know where we want to go, but we have no idea how to go about getting there so we end up stuck right where we are.
Short actionable steps
The best way to get unstuck is to break your ultimate goal down into attainable short-term objectives. If you want to run the marketing department of your company and you are in an entry level position you can’t exactly get up off your chair to get a cup of coffee and return to a comfortable in the corner office. You have to demonstrate your abilities, your dedication and your ambition to get invited in.
Write down concrete steps you can take on a daily/weekly/monthly basis that will get you incrementally closer. Figure out the purpose of each action. Where it will get you? Whose attention it will capture?
Don’t float, steer!
The problem many people have is they float through life, just doing whatever comes up with no real direction. You may end up where you want to go that way, but who knows how long it will take and what kinds of eddies you’ll have to spin through on the way. Better to take control of the winds and use them to steer your vessel where you choose to go.
Write it down
Goals are the key. Clear, defined, and plausible. Know your endpoint, and know all the steps you need to take to get there. When you’re confused, go back and re-read your goal map. Your map will probably need to be revised along the way so don’t get stuck on the route you thought you had to take from the beginning. Adjust as necessary!
By keeping your goals top of mind you will keep yourself motivated. When your attitude wanes. Remind yourself, “Right now it’s hard, but by staying the course I will navigate my way to that marketing director chair in the corner office.”