What we need to do first of all though, is such a vital part of this process but is almost never included in the standard goal setting and achievement processes.
If we go back to the analogy of the sat nav and consider how the machinery actually works; the whole sat nav system is dependent on one piece of information.
Not the location, not the route, not the motorway, but the one thing we need to start the whole process, is a real clear and accurate PRESENT LOCATION. We cannot even start the engine and move unless we know EXACTLY where we are now. The sat nav just will not work unless it knows its CURRENT POSITION, then and only then, can it begin to calculate how to create a route to the required destination.
In just the same way for you to begin your journey, to where you want to go, you know you have to have an honest and clear look at where you are right now.
What you need to create is possibly the most important piece of writing that you have done in the past 10 years.
You need to create what we will call THE NOW DOCUMENT:
Write out in sensory, rich detail a complete description of you NOW:
I want you to take a blank piece of paper and do this now. Let the pen really flow, be honest and open and get down on paper the good and the bad. Just let it all out.
This exercise should take you quite a while, so really give yourself some quiet time to let all of your thoughts flow out of you.