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We understand the GPS, the global positioning system is a technology that we enable in our phone or in our car to help us navigate from where we are at present to our destination.

Can we use the GPS concept to track our goals?

Imagine having a GPS to track your goals. What would an internal GPS look like?

The GPS is so widely accepted today to allow us to find wherever it is we’re going. Facebook Places uses Location Based Services, a service with GPS, to give you information relevant to the place you’re in, like park or public place. When you’re on a mobile device, the places you visit may include your friends’ photos, experiences and moments from that place.

Stop there.

How an Internal GPS Will Locate Your Goals

Using the GPS concept and Facebook Places to gather lots of information, let’s apply this imaginative concept to form images and experiences of our own goals.

An internal GPS will give you instructions to reveal the route where you want to go. To find the route, first you need to have a vision of where that place is in your life, a vision of your internal happiness.

Everyone wants happiness in their job, career, and relationships. This place or location can become a reference point, like a GPS will pinpoint where you want to go.

To keep you moving in the right direction as you move forward, an internal GPS will guide you and help you stay focused on your vision. Here’s what I want you to do next.

Vision Exercise

Try this vision exercise. We’ll take a look at the following seven areas of life that are typical of those we strive for to achieve balance and happiness in our lives.

Financial – income, savings, assets like your home and investment you would do to make you happy. For example, let’s suppose you have an ideal vision of raising golden retrievers and this is supplementing your income.

Job/Career – work, customers or clients, a business, or career opportunity. For example, you may have a vision of becoming a Jamba Juice franchisee.

Recreation/Free Time – hobbies, sports, vacation, fun activities. For example, you may have a vision of paddleboarding on Lake Tahoe, California.

Physical Health – living pain-free, eating well, weight control. For example, a vision may be achieving your ideal weight or joining a local fitness center.

Relationships – family, spouse, partner, friends, coworkers. An example of an ideal vision may be getting your family together every Sunday for dinner.

Personal – education, spiritual, personal ambition. An ideal vision example may be learning to play the piano or running a marathon.

Community – charitable, philanthropic, volunteering. Your vision may be mentoring college students on a career path like your own.

How this vision exercise works:

  • Choose one, two, or as many of the above mentioned areas, and write your vision of what you want to create or experience.
  • Make your vision as clear as possible with vivid, imaginative and descriptive words or pictures. For example, who are the people you are with, as in the recreation vision area described above you might imagine paddleboarding with on Lake Tahoe.
  • Think of your vison as achievable over the next year.  What would you really like to accomplish?
  • Think, if you had unlimited resources, what would your vision look like? Do not limit your vision in any way.
  • Don’t worry about the how you are going to accomplish your vision. When you get clear on the “what”, the “how” will show up.
  • Share your vision with a trusting friend or partner. The more you share your vision with others, you actually strengthen your subconscious belief that you can achieve it. Have your partner or friend do this exercise and share your visions with each other.
  • Read your vision list every day and evening.
  • Turn your visions into specific goals. Just like a GPS, you have to enter a specific address. Think of your goals that have come out of your vision exercise as achievable, as long as you write them down and put a date and time that you want to achieve them by.
  • Take action on the most meaningful goals you want to achieve over the next year. Track your goals like you are using a GPS every day.

Finally, be open-minded as to how your internal GPS will work for you. Don’t be surprised when you wake up tomorrow to see you are already starting to use your internal GPS.

To have this exercise facilitated at your next event contact me at ann@annmaugustine.com. This exercise is often part of the customized programs I facilitate at events and training workshops.