For more than a decade, I was a runner. I would get up in the morning and never had to decide what I would do next. I would get dressed and either go to the gym to get on a treadmill and run or, if the weather was particularly nice, I would run outdoors where my only decision was where I return next.
There is no question that I was a runner.
For many of you, you haven’t made the macro decision about who you are and, as a result, you have to make new decisions all the time.
You are making new decisions because you have not committed to a practice yet.
You haven’t noticed what excites you and committed to it. That’s the macro decision.
It’s the one that you choose, not your employer.
It’s the one that you choose not sure wife/husband/partner/children/parents decide for you.
Zig Ziglar, one of the original motivational speakers in the United States, made a comparison between wandering generalities and meaningful specifics.
Ziglar tells a wonderful story about how he could teach you how to shoot a bow and arrow in 20 minutes better than the greatest archer of his time. He continues by pointing out most people would say, “I’ve never shot a bow and arrow. How could you possibly do that?”
The replies by saying, “I neglected to mention that the archer would be blindfolded.”
He then asks, “How can you hit a target you don’t even have?”
Is that where you are?
What are your goals?
What are you aiming for?
How do you think you might get there?
Have you asked for advice or are you trying to figure it out on your own?
Are you kind of wandering through life or are you focused on something in particular and trying to achieve it?
Your goal may be about the security and happiness of your family. That is perfectly fine.
Have you asked the question, “How can I achieve this? What do I need to know that I don’t know now? What actions can I take today to purposefully achieve that?”
“Purposefully achieve that.”
That points to a meaningful specific, not a wandering generality.
Ⓒ The Big Game Hunter, Inc., Asheville, NC 2020
ABOUT JEFF ALTMAN, THE BIG GAME HUNTER
Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a career and leadership coach who worked as a recruiter for more than 40 years. He is the host of “No BS Job Search Advice Radio,” the #1 podcast in iTunes for job search with more than 1900 episodes, and is a member of The Forbes Coaches Council.
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