We all have goals and aspirations. Whether we go ahead to achieve them is another story. But for those who make the crucial decision to pursue their goals or dreams, they must have a starting point. Where’s your starting point?
Many years ago, a supervisor who recognized my ability to see things positively called me into his office and said he wanted to share something with me. He shared something with me that, frankly, I would never expect a supervisor to share with his direct reports or with anyone else in the company. He said he was having trouble with his bosses. The people he reported to have lost confidence in him. He tried to explain how much it is worth to them to no avail. He did not know what to do.
So I said, where you are right now is your starting point. Look at your current situation. It may not be a pretty picture. It can be depressing to take stock of where you are right now. But, once you draw that line and make it your starting point, you can improve. Could you do it better. You don’t have to stay here. You are starting here to improve.
We can do the same in our lives. Perhaps your starting point is a debt of thousands of dollars. That means your starting point is red! It can be depressing to see your financial situation in red. But your goal is to be in the black. Draw that line. Do you continue to accumulate debts or do you decide to start eliminating those debts and move from your starting point towards Black? As little as you eliminate, you stay away from it.
People don’t like to see themselves honestly for the same reason that some people don’t like going to the doctor. They fear the results. They fear bad news. So they prefer to stick their heads in the sand of their lives and ignore the problem and the problem keeps growing. It takes courage to stop and assess where you are. It is not an easy thing. No one likes to look at their life and discover that they are failing.
However, when you tire of a failing life, you will ignore and face any disappointment, regret, depression, or any other negative feeling that comes along with your current situation. Face it bravely and tell yourself, I will move from this starting point! Where I am is not where I will stay. I will improve and put actions in my decree. I am advancing from this starting point!