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.
Ok.. you have had a few days to look over and answer your 20 Questions. I honestly hope that you took some time to answer the questions for yourself. It is said that the average New Years resolution lasts 9 days. Then we as a society just give up. It comes back to understanding that we in fact want to do something, change something, be something, but we don’t have a good map to get there. The reason that we lose the trail is that we don’t know what it looks like. We have no idea what the final product looks like. We do not have a picture of the desired outcome or how to get there.
Once you understand what your vision is, you can set a course to get there.
Now in all honesty the book has been written on this subject and I really have nothing new to add, just my understanding and perhaps my twist on the subject.
I have gone to many training sessions, courses and seminars on the goal setting, vision and leadership. In each course, the message is the same, the delivery is a bit different, but essentially it comes down to this when we are talking Vision.
“If you can see it.. you can be it”. The first time I heard this was at a training session about communicating Vision. The instructor quoted Zig Ziglar saying “If you can dream it, you can achieve it”. And that is what it comes down to. Dream it and go get it. So many times we do not allow ourselves to make our dreams come true because we fail to see our way to them. We all dream of the big house, the nice car, or the perfect Scout Troop. We do not see those things to reality because we miss out of following up with our Vision, or seeing our vision through to getting what we want.
So what is your Vision?
Your vision is simply that which you can see or imagine. It is what you anticipate happening or where you want to be.
Your vision is the most important part in goal setting, achieving your dream. You vision is not something that will come to you over night, that is why I think it important to reflect on those 20 questions. They are a starting point in discovering who you are and what you want out of life.
Within those 20 questions you will find your values and ideals. Those of us in Scouting have a solid base in that we agree on a set of values and ideals which are found in the Scout Oath and Law.
This is a great starting point for us to begin exploring our vision and setting that course.
It is important to create that starting point. Who are your friends and why do you like them? A simple question, but important in that it tells you a great deal about who you are. Who are your hero’s and why? Superman can leap tall buildings in single bound but my Dad taught me the value of Character. Take the questions serious and truly reflect on them with the understanding that the more solid your foundation the more relevant your vision will be.
See it and then set the course to be it.
Once you understand the values you live and why, you can generate or strengthen your resolve in getting the life you want.
Remember that this is YOUR Vision.. no one else’s. You may share elements of your vision, let’s say that you and your spouse share a dream. That’s fine. Share it and add it to your road map to getting what you want. It is important that spouses share their dreams. This gets you walking in the same direction toward your life’s goals. This will also force good communication and we all know that the better we communicate, the better our relationships.
Do not allow others to dictate YOUR vision. It belongs to you. It is YOUR dream, YOUR wants and desires. There are many parts of our lives in which we try to please someone else or live up to their expectations. Your vision sets an expectation of success for you.
Write it down. Once you can clearly see what you want.. Paint a picture of it. Use words to describe your vision. Basically write down what you want out of life. Once it’s on paper.. you will have your destination. Now lets map out way to get there. That will be the setting of your goals. Those bite size chunks, those little steps along the way to seeing your vision to reality.
We will talk about goal setting in a later post… give you something to look forward to.
This is a process that is worth sharing with your Scouts. The sooner they get in the habit of seeing their life in a way other than a set of rules and following the wants of teachers, parents, and yep.. Scout leaders.. they will achieve bigger and better things with their lives.
The Eagle project is a great tool in practicing setting a vision, goals, and accomplishing something great.
Le me know what you think. Have a Great Scouting Day!
So lets start the New Year off right… looking back and learning from the past and setting goals for a better future. Knowing who you are and where you want to go. Setting a vision for the new year and seeing it to reality.
Lofty to start the new year out this way… right?
Well, I once heard a wise cat instruct a girl named Alice when she asked “Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here?” “That depends a good deal on where you want to get to.” “I don’t much care where –” “Then it doesn’t matter which way you go.”.
Without direction, a road map, a vision, It wont matter which way you go and chances are you won’t get there.
I believe it was also Alice that stated “I can’t go back to yesterday because I was a different person then.” And you are. Today you are different from you were last year this time. So, who are you and where do you want to go?
If you have been to Wood Badge, or if you are planning on going, you will have seen or will see a list of 20 questions. These questions are sent to you prior to you attending the course. They get you to the trail head of your vision. Once you answer those questions, you have a better understanding of who you are and where you want to go. Starting your first steps on creating your vision.
This vision may be long-term, short-term, or based on what is happening right now. Let’s set Wood Badge aside for right now. I don’t want you thinking in terms of a “ticket” Let’s focus on you and what you want out of this coming year.
Close your eyes and think about what your life looks like in December of 2015.
Is it what you want? If not, change the course now. Make a plan, draw a picture, and go get it.
Here are the 20 questions that will help you figure this out.
Answer them to yourself. Share it with someone who will be taking the journey with you. Most important.. write the answers down. Everything is writing. That which is scheduled will happen. So write it all down and schedule your plan. We will get into more about this in later posts.
What do I feel are my greatest strengths?
What strengths do others notice in me?
What do I most enjoy doing?
What qualities of character do I most admire in others?
Who is a person who has made a positive impact on my life?
Why was that person able to have such significant impact?
What have been my happiest moments in life?
Why were they happy?
If I had unlimited time and resources, what would I choose to do?
When I daydream, what do I see myself doing?
What are the three or four most important things to me?
When I look at my work life, what activities do I consider of greatest worth?
What can I do best that would be of worth to others?
What talents do I have that no one else really knows about?
If there are things I feel I really should do, what are they?
What are my important roles in life?
In each of those roles, what are my most important lifetime goals?
In five years, what role do I see for myself in Scouting? (if you are a non Scouter.. insert your own)
What would I really like to be and to do in my life?
What are the most important values I use to guide and motivate my actions?
Don’t just answer these, sit down and really ponder each question. Some will be easy and some will require some thought. Take you time. We are talking about you here. Be a little selfish in setting goals for you. What you do now, will help others later.
Look forward, reflect on yesterday but we are looking forward. We can’t change anything from yesterday, but we can learn from it and get better.
So who do you want to be? What do you want life to look like? It’s up to you.
I revisited this yesterday in setting my goals for 2015. I have set 22 goals. 22 stops along the trail of 2015 that will make me the person that I want to be in December. They are in writing and have due dates. Everything from being Debt Free to collecting OA pocket flaps. Yeah, patches will make me a better person believe it or not.
I believe in this process and know that it works. Patience and perseverance are important and staying focused and on task. Perfect, no, at least not in my case.. I am a work in progress. But willing to work.
We will talk more about this in future posts. Go answer your 20 questions. Have a Great Scouting Day!
Today marks the 104th Anniversary of the Boy Scouts of America! And the BSA is going strong! As I thought about today’s anniversary in preparation for our unit’s Red and Green celebration tomorrow I could not help but think about why the Boy Scouts of America is so strong.
It grows its strength not from the National Office. It does get gain its strength from Council Executives or Professionals down at your local Scout office. The strength of the BSA is not in District committee’s or Commissioners. The strength of Scouting comes from its Scouts and the volunteers at the unit level. Packs, Troops, and Crews are the strength of Scouting. It is for them that everything else drives it’s purpose. It is adventure found in Scouting that invites young men to join. It is fun in the unit that makes them stay. It is the learning that is discovered that one day shows itself and causes the Scout to reflect.
The Boy Scouts of America has found that strength for 104 years. There have been rocky times and times of great celebration. The BSA has been there in peace and in war and through it all, the membership, the strength shines through.
Controversy and differing opinion has not stopped Scouting and it never will as long as units stay alive and continue to deliver the promise.
Politics and Religion can not stand in the way of great program. In an organization where everyone is welcome and everyone’s ideas and opinions are valid and heard. An organization with a firm foundation built on strong values.. the values of the strength, the members that believe in being Trustworthy and Kind, Loyal and Obedient, Helpful and Friendly, Courteous and Brave, Thrifty and Clean, and of course Reverent. We have these values that support a promise that we.. the strength of the organization… live out in our daily lives. That is why it has lasted 104 years and will continue to last.
Scouting’s strength is in all of us. From the Chief Scout Executive to the brand new Tiger Cub. We are the organization that is a game with a purpose.
We know that when we follow the Vision of the organization great things happen. There are no other youth groups like it. Not in size, scope, or program. This is Scouting and this year we celebrate 104 years.
I had the pleasure of celebrating the 100th Anniversary at the National Jamboree! I am so glad that my son’s and I got to be at that extra special event. The night of the big arena program left a lasting impact on me as a Scouter. When we lit the candles and about 80 thousand Scouts and Scouters all pledged to live the Oath together I was moved. Then in a flash, we blew out the candles on a great event, but the dawning of the next 100 years of Scouting in America. The candles extinguished ushered in a fire works display that was so big it reminded me of just how big and great Scouting is. And the fun can not be matched.
Lots of thoughts today about 104 years of Scouting in America… not one of those 110 or 125 type celebrations, but very significant given the climate of the country we are in. The Boy Scouts of America is still the values based organization that teaches young people to be great adults. Character, Citizenship, and fit for our future.
Happy Anniversary to the Boy Scouts of America!
When I went to Wood Badge in 2005 I was introduced to a goal setting and achieving process called “The Ticket”. The term comes from an old British Army practice of earning a ticket home. British soldiers that were assigned afar would begin working their ticket closer and closer to England, through assignments, favor, and of course money. The mission was to get home and each goal that was accomplished got them closer and closer to home.
Wood Badge adopted this system in name to teach and make real the process of achieving goals. Understanding ones Vision and clearly articulating that vision in project planning, no matter the size or scope. It can be a vision for a group or a personal vision, the process is the same.
Once the vision is clear and you understand your mission, it is time to get to the work of achieving that mission… getting what you want.
In Wood Badge, you are required to come up with 5 goals that directly support you mission. Those goal have to be specific to the mission. When you narrow your focus the parts of the mission become more clear and like eating an elephant, those bit size chunks become doable. That which you measure you accomplish. If you are trying to lose weight and you step on the scale daily, you are more than likely to lose the weight. You will be motivated to see that number go down. So your goals must be able to be measured, in other words how do I know it’s working or being accomplished. Your goals must be attainable. An unattainable goal is one that will never get done. You will get discouraged and failure will drive you away from accomplishing your mission. And your goals must be relevant and timely. Keep it to the task and set a completion date. Knowing when you are going to be finished and knowing that what you are doing is getting you closer to your goal gives you hope that you will accomplish your mission.
That is goal setting 101, and the system really works.
Since 2005 and the completion of my ticket for Wood Badge, I have written many tickets. We have used them in our family to look at our finances. We have used them to complete home projects. We have written them for our Troop and at work. But like anything else it takes “want to” and “stick to” to get them done. The tools really make it “easy to” and once you see that you can accomplish what you set out to do, you are successful.
As you may have noticed I have written a ticket for this blog. I want to make it better and what better way to do that than to work a ticket. You can follow that ticket here. You will notice that I made all of you my “Troop Guides” so you are my accountability partners on this. And I thank you.
Try writing a ticket for yourself. January is a great time to write one to achieve one of your New Years resolutions.
Let me know how that is going, I’ll be your Troop Guide to. Have a Great Scouting Day!