Imagine your life as the large standing map in the mall. Only, the map isn't so much an indicator of where things are, but when. The map is a timeline, and the "YOU ARE HERE" star? That's today. Think about today: what you have, what you want. Then, once you have that list, think about one year from today. What do you want to have then? Why? How are you going to get there? Who is going to help you?
That's the key to generating leadership and momentum in your life. I often build year-long plans with clients, and support them in understanding why they want what they want and how to get there emotionally. That's my job as a coach, listening for a living and reflecting back what I see. Sometimes that means asking you a question that you have never been asked before, or pointing out the way you are undermining your own goals. It can be an emotional roller coaster. It makes you focus on what matters. It's draining and challenging and generally awesome.
With the fall upon us, it should come as no surprise that change is on many of our minds. Things are always changing—the weather, the seasons, whether public transit is running on time—but we rarely think about change as something that we can create ourselves.
So ask yourself now, if the changes in your life weren’t at the whims of the universe, what would you create today? How about in a year?
Did you come up with anything juicy? Write it down. If you are really up for a challenge, write down next to it by when you will have created that big, juicy something. And in doing so, you have just made a new timeline possible. Do you know where that puts you? Right at the start of it.