Before I set out on any journey whether it’s a backpacking trip or vacation to Disneyland it is important that I have a plan. Pulling out the map I can identify places where I can get water, camp for the night, and see a great view. On the way to Disneyland knowing what the flight times are and which hotel we are going to stay at is an important part of the trip. How we get from point A to point B keeps me on track and focused in one direction. For many of us removing the clutter and confusion from the journey makes it more meaningful and effective.
When we set our goals that lead us to our Vision we are setting way points that allow us to see the journey to the end. The goals are the way that we see intermediate success that keep us moving in the right direction. Even with set backs and challenges, when we set goals we can realize our vision.
So how are you going to get there? You need to know where you are going first. Identify your vision and share it with someone. Figure out your mission that gets you to seeing your vision become real. Then set a few goals that are relevant to getting there.
In Scouting we teach the use of SMART tools. The goals need to be Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, and Time based. We will go into that in greater detail in a later post. To illustrate the point of SMART tools though we can use a trip to the moon.
To get to the moon we need to set goals. One goal may be to build a rocket ship. We know when it is done when we can see a Rocket that is ready to launch. It is a task that is attainable in that we have the smarts, technology, and materials to build the rocket. The relevance of rocket is that we need it to get to the moon.. we can’t walk or drive there. And we set a time line for when it needs to be finished. Going to McDonalds would not be a good goal to getting to the moon.. it is not Specific or Relevant to the mission.
Think about John F. Kennedy when he shared his vision of getting to the moon. He was dealing with “metals and materials that have not been invented yet”. It was still attainable as it set the course for discovery. It forced NASA to work to the vision by setting goals and a mission to set up the conditions to get to the moon.
So how are you going to get there? Goal setting to support your mission.
Here are more questions from our 20.. as we get closer to number 20 you should start seeing a vision coming to life.
13. What can I do best that would be of worth to others?
Be a good example of living the Scout Oath and Law.. this is a daily chore. Teach skills, outdoor, leadership, and continue to build character in our young men.
14. What talents do I have that no one else really knows about?
At times I have a rough exterior. Not sure if it is talent, but I am very thoughtful in that I like my quiet time and reflection. A talent that I have that may go unknown is that I studied Speech pathology in College and did two internships in speech therapy clinics. Not sure that is talent either.. but it used to be a passion of mine. Money got in the way though and changed my course in life.
I am pretty transparent. What I am talented in is pretty much visible and known.
15. If there are things I feel I really should do, what are they?
I need to focus on the things that are most important to me and my family. I need to wear less hats. I need to prioritize better. I need to write more. I need to be more deliberate in how and what I teach the Scouts of the Troop. I need to take a look at my original ticket from 2005 and rekindle some of the goals I had then and see if I can get closet to my vision.
Your road map to your vision starts here. I hope that you are beginning to see a picture forming. Are you seeing who you are and what you want your future to look like. Are you looking at this through a Scouting lens or a personal lens. At some point those two paths will.. must cross. Is your journey taking shape?
Keep going. Don’t give up. We have 5 more questions to go.
Have a Great Scouting Day!