CONNECT the DOTS
CONNECT the DOTS
What’s the path you need to travel to reach your goals?
What are the steps? How long will it take? When will you get there?
It depends ….
It depends on the distance you need to travel and on the speed at which you’re traveling.
It depends on how many stops you make, the number of detours you take.
In this episode, you’ll learn how to build the map to navigate your gap.
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Don’t you love it when a plan comes together? That’s what we’re going to do this week – set you up for success and ease.
This week is the final part of a series I’ve been sharing this month on my podcast. It’s the same work we’ve been doing in the group I started May 2 — 30 days to Make Money Easy.
Week 1 we started off by answering the question Where are you currently?
Week 2 we answered the question Where are you going or Where do you WANT to be?
Week 3 we defined our gap – the gap between where you are and where you want to be and we broke it down so we could use that information to complete the final step in the series.
This week, I’m helping you design your strategy to close the gap. Last week, I lovingly referred to it as building the map to navigate your gap.
If you haven’t completed the first three steps, Episodes 12, 13 and 14, pause this episode and go do that work, then come back and join us to build your map.
If you did the work in Episode 13, you should have three things in front of you:
You should have a definition of your gap
You should have an understanding and awareness around your gap, where it came from, why it’s here, what has kept you from closing the gap — and
You should have a list of problems that you need to solve that will help you close your gap.
We’re going to use that information to build the map, to design the strategy you’ll execute to close that gap.
My coach Dave Moreno taught me that whatever you’re doing, you’re either widening the gap or closing the gap. We want to get you closing your gap as much as possible and as easily as possible.
The first thing I want you to do is get out the homework you did last week. We’re going to take your list of problems and we’re going to turn them into steps in your strategy.
But first I want to share a concept that has helped me and has helped my clients get unstuck more than once.
When you’re working in your business, it can be easy to get lost in the weeds. And when you’re in the weeds, it’s tough sometimes to see where to go next. You can’t see the forest for the trees. When it gets crazy like that, I just want you to imagine you’re in one of those hotels where they have the atrium in the middle and it’s beautiful scenery everywhere.
Well, when you’re on the ground floor, sometimes it’s tough to tell which direction to go in. I met a friend a few months ago at the Gaylord Opry Hotel and it was a great place to walk around and talk and just enjoy our time together, but I kept getting lost. I was so glad she knew the way.
It was because of my perspective. I was just focused on her and I wasn’t really paying attention to where I was. And I had a limited perspective, because I couldn’t see the lay of the land. I didn’t know where I was going. I didn’t really know where I was and I didn’t have a map that laid out for me where everything was located.
But imagine if you were to go up in the elevator a couple of floors – you know the ones that have the glass, so you can see out over the space below. Then I would have had a better perspective. I would have seen that there was a whole section that we had not yet explored and I could pick out landmarks that I could use to orient myself and guide me in the direction I wanted to go.
And if I went up several more floors, I would have an even broader perspective where I could pick out places that I didn’t even know existed and I could see the path I had to travel to get to them.
Sometimes we just need to do this in our business. We just need to change our perspective, so that we can see more of the possibilities out in front of us. We can see more of the path we need to follow or the direction we need to go in to get where we want to go.
With that problem list you made last week, keeping in mind all of the things you learned when you were gaining perspective, understanding and awareness around your gap, I want you to elevate your perspective on those problems.
I want you to think about the person you’ll be in the future that solves those problems easily.
I want you to think about some of the leadership you might have had at different points in your life and imagine them solving these problems, the steps they would take, the people they might ask for help.
Think about people that you follow in the coaching industry and how they might solve these problems, techniques and strategies they might employ.
Think about you as the CEO of your business, your vision, your mission, your values. Think about your strengths, your unique genius, how you’re wired and how you’re designed — think about how you would use those to create a plan and a strategy for solving those problems.
Think about having all these people in a room working together to solve these problems.
Elevate how you see yourself as a CEO, as a problem solver, as a leader.
Then I want you to go through each problem and write down the next smallest, simplest step you can take to move the needle on each one of the problems you wrote down.
For example, if one of your problems is a decision you haven’t made. Maybe you haven’t decided how to narrow your niche, maybe that next smallest, simplest step is to just decide one way to narrow that niche that is good enough for now, good enough to go out and start testing. Do it right now. Pause this podcast and do that smallest, simplest step right now.
Then go through the rest of your list and schedule time on your calendar to take that next smallest, simplest step for each one of those problems.
When you get done, your problems will be significantly smaller.
As you go forward, pick one project to focus on each week and each day, take the next smallest, simplest step, until you complete that project. Mark it off the list. Move on to the next problem.
Now you can prioritize those problems, you can put them in order from smallest to largest, like a debt snowball.
But focus on just one problem at a time and keep marking them off.
At some point, you might decide that it’s really not a problem and you just mark it off.
That’s how you make money easier.
Let me know if you have any questions on this four part series. You can reach out to me on Instagram @jillthemoneycoach or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I’ll see you next week!