Using a Map to Find Your Way (With Free Downloadable Goals Map)
When you’re lost, there are only three things you can do. You can stop and ask for directions. You can wander around aimlessly in hopes that you’ll find your way. Or you can use a map.
I love maps. Maps tell us everything we need to know about where we are. Maps give us a birds-eye view of the world we can only see a little bit at a time.
For those reasons, I like to use a map to get me to my goals. I start the map at where I am. Maybe I want to be a certain weight – I’ll put in my current weight at the “You Are Here” point. Or maybe you want to earn $10,000 but you only have $5. Whatever the goal, you have to start somewhere and you have to have somewhere you want to be – your ultimate destination.
Along the way is the fun part. Along the way you reach your mini-goals. You want to drive from New York to L.A. but you can’t make it in one trip. So you plan stops in Philly, in Chicago, in Denver. Those are awesome destinations to reach and those are part of the reason you decided to take the trip in the first place. They’re destinations in and of themselves, but they still get you where you want to go.
Then there are the tourist areas. Not the big things, but the little things you want to see on your way there. Do you take the highway or the back country road? Do you stay at a hotel or a bed and breakfast? These are the steps you take to get to your goals. They are the means to the end.
I like to sketch out little maps for each of my goals so that I know where I’m going and where I want to be. Whenever I get lost, I can go right back to my closest destination and go from there. The map is a fun way to visually represent where I am going and where I want to be in life.
I’ve provided a map (hand drawn – I know you’d never know it) to download and fill out for yourself. I am no artist. Not even close. Feel free to take the idea and make it your own if you can do it better. And please, I welcome any feedback. Anything you like or don’t like can go in the comments below.
Download: Quest Map
Please take a free copy and fill it out. Happy trails!