DRIVEN © Goals
Stage Three: Inspired
If you have read the previous issues of the DRIVEN © blog, you will have developed a goal which has become very real to you. It will no longer be in soft-focus as it is now sharp and detailed in your mind.
Now is the time to make your goal inspirational!
Inspiration means that we are taking in ideas from the outside world. For example, an artist may be inspired by the wildlife or cityscape around him or a writer may be inspired by a news report she reads in a paper.
An inspirational goal helps us to see that the goal is possible and desirable. We might see someone else achieving something similar. (If they can do it, so can I!) Or perhaps we can just see the possibility in ourselves. Either way, it is well worth developing the inspirational element of our goals.
As always there are many ways of achieving this but the following technique is popular with many top athletes and business people who have been successful in achieving their goals.
As we grow up we ‘model’ the behaviour of the people that we encounter. The more respect we have for a person, the more likely we are to copy their actions and behaviour. Therefore, it’s no surprise that a parent’s actions are so unconsciously influential and that they find themselves saying “Do what I say – not what I do!”
There are many ways of modelling, so there will be something to suit everyone. However, I will just cover two for the moment.
MODEL YOUR OWN BEST BEHAVIOR
Take an inventory of your regular actions, behaviours and strengths and select those which are likely to support your goal (or dream). It may help to ask some people who know you well as they will often see strengths that you would not recognise in yourself.
Decide on ways that you can build on these strengths and further improve your behaviour to move closer to your desired outcome (your dream!).
MODEL SOMEONE ELSE’S BEHAVIOUR
You may have recognised a person who inspires you and has already achieved success in the area you are moving towards. This person could be living or dead. They may be someone you know or not. It doesn’t matter as long as you know enough about them to feel inspired.
By studying the way that person operates in the field you want to be in, you can discover some behaviours to adopt in your own daily life. Many top sports and business people use this method to be inspired. Metaphorically following in someone else’s footsteps can make a huge difference to confidence and motivation.
To strengthen this method even further, try the visualisation method from the last newsletter “Make your Goal Real” to imagine yourself “walking the walk” on a daily basis.