Clarity of Vision: What Are Your Waypoints?

I’ve been talking about clarity and the way to gain clarity through making a list of truly important wants. Taking some time to get really clear on what you want and what you intend to achieve is key to having a successful life and career. And it’s the foundation of the lessons my co-authors and I share in our book, “Do Eagles Just Wing It?

Once you get your 6 or 7 dreams picked, you can now work on creating a Vision and Purpose Statement. It might seem like the purpose statement would come first, but what I’ve found is that it’s a lot easier once you’ve narrowed down your want list. In fact, the list itself almost reveals your purpose to you. It’s pretty cool.

So, you start with your Want List, narrow it down to the top 6 or 7 things, then come up with your purpose statement. At that point you’ve got your clarity. You have what you need to move on to Step 2, Intention.

Intention — SMART Waypoints

If you look it up in the dictionary, there are a few different ways people use this word, Intention. For our purposes, it’s about its root, intend. What do you intend to do?

Now that you’ve got Clarity about where you want to go, what specifically are you going to do to get there? So really, this step is about creating your plan. This is where we start to get specific. And what we’re ultimately looking for in the step is to create a list of “waypoints.”

Waypoints are a navigation term, and they’re really just points along a path. And this is how birds navigate when they migrate, or at least one of the ways they do that. Birds can travel thousands of miles when they migrate. And they do it by going from one waypoint to the next.

And that’s the same thing they do for us. They help us navigate along our path and ultimately reach our goal.

What I really like about them is they’re not only about navigation. They also have a strong, motivational effect. Meaning, as you reach a waypoint and then another and another, with each one, it reminds you you’re on the right path, and gives you more and more confidence you’re going to actually reach your destination.

To create your waypoints, you first start with your high level wants, your 6 or 7 items. Then you want to break that down into what I call Critical Success Factors. These are not the waypoints. They are more like category headings. If your high-level dream is financial well being, for example, the categories under that would be getting out of debt, having a good investment and retirement plan, getting all your insurance coverages in place, and so on.

Then, once you have those CSFs in place, now you can start breaking them down into waypoints. Does this make sense to you? Have you tried it? What’s been your experience? I’d love to hear from you.

P.S. Want to learn more about this? Here’s a free excerpt from the book “Do Eagles Just Wing It?

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