Thursday , 13 May 2021
Here’s the Simple Formula For Success

Here’s the Simple Formula For Success

Sunny Spain vintage map pendant

Sunny Spain vintage map pendant

Welcome to part four of my success series! It started when I asked you to research your best life: First, you made a list to help you figure out what you want. Next, you created a list of all the things you didn’t like about the way your present life is unfolding. Last week, you made note of everything you do well.

This week, you are going to map your “I Want” list from the very first assignment. By simply mapping this long list of wants, you begin to organize your plan for success. As you consider each of your desires, your priorities present themselves. As you put your distant goals further out on the map, any pressing goals will feel more surmountable.

Your Assignment this Week: Grab a blank piece of paper. Put a “you are here”-style dot right in the center of your canvas. Next, grab your  “I Want List” and get ready to move all of the items over to your Dream Map.

Just like a real map, your dreams and destinations certainly can’t be stacked all on top of one another. As you plot your destinations, you may realize some take priority over others, some are within reach, and some will take longer to achieve.

As I was doing my own Dream Map, I realized that some of my desires are way off into the future. For instance, I want to be an active senior, but that’s decades off so I’m able to put that desire way out in the corner of the map. I want to be a good wife and mother within my family—I want that all day, every day and I practically wrote it over top my “you are here” marker. As I filled up my map, I started to separate what was important to me right now from what I’d like to focus on later.
In creating your map, you will see how your goals are achievable, and that you must physically move toward them. If I want to travel from Pittsburgh to New York, I can’t sit down on a park bench and wonder why I’m not getting there.

Here’s the simple formula for success: take small steps toward your goals every day. You either take those small steps, or sit on the park bench.

And you know, it seems simple but few people actively move toward their dreams. Most people are sitting on a park bench complaining about how the dreams aren’t showing up for them. Can New York show up in Pittsburgh? NO! If you want to see New York, you have to move toward it.

Have fun with this, and I’ll see you next week with a plan to help you speed your travel on your Dream Map. All the best, Lisa 

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  1. This is all so true thank you for such an inspiring and great article and tutorial.

  2. Great concept! As a lover of travel, I get it! Working on my Dream Map today!

  3. This is such a great idea! I found a saying that I printed out and pasted on my desk…unfortunately I don’t know who wrote it to give credit but it is so inspiring to me. Your Dream Map is a way for us to picture success…thanks for sharing! Here is the saying:
    ‘Stamp indelibly on your mind a picture of yourself as succeeding. Hold this picture tenaciously and never permit it to fade. Your mind will seek to develop that picture.’

  4. Great article…and great series. Its so easy to get caught up in the everyday “life” tasks and then pile on our craft hobbies. It’s hard to stop for a second and just think about what we want, what inspired us to begin with, what we need to work on and where we need to go. Thanks for reminding us to stop and really think about what makes us happy and how we have all the resources within ourselves to make that happen!

  5. Visualization and the power of intent; all good stuff!

  6. This is one fabulous article. I really love it and have taken it to heart.

  7. I am starting to work on it right now. Good concept. thanks for writing about it.Comng from linkedIn to read the blog. Just today, I listened to the webinar on Etsy about making Profit.

  8. Awesome analogy, Thanks for the inspiration.

  9. Very nice ideas, can’t wait to try them!

    Carol Joy

  10. This is a wonderful and encouraging article, just want I need at this point in my life. My mom just died and my kids will be no longer in middle/high school in several years – it’s a positive step to take to plan and dream for the future.

  11. What a fabulous inspirational article “Thank you’

  12. It is so powerful to write your goals down and refer to them regularly. AND it is great to see people bringing their handmade dreams to life with inspirational words like this.

  13. Some days I feel like I’m hiding under the “park bench!”

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