10 Secrets to Changing Trajectory Today
Sometimes you compare where you are with where you want to be and feel defeated. Other times, it feels like your feet are tangled in the sheets.
When dreams are big, progress feels slow.
The feeling of ‘not yet’ and ‘not there’ is normal, even healthy.
It’s always about trajectory.
10 secrets to changing trajectory today:
#1. Reconnect with the dream. Be boldly specific. Go beyond, “I want to make a difference.”
Say, “I want to make a difference by ….”
#2. Get out of the clouds. Accept the waters where you currently sail. Wishing they were different drains you. Don’t beat yourself up and don’t blame others.
Grab the helm and make small adjustments.
#3. The future only changes now.
Change course today, if you want new results tomorrow.
- Who might you reach out to?
- What beliefs are holding you back?
- What new way of thinking will take you further?
- What does winning look like? Momentum is a series of small wins.
#4. Add the word, ‘today’ to conversations with yourself. For example, “What does winning look like, today?”
#5. Let go the past. Success or failure – in the past – isn’t the issue.
Trajectory only changes when you stop following yesterday’s course.
#6. Start again.
Those who can’t start again land in the wrong place.
Forgive disappointments. Praise imperfect progress.
#7. Celebrate supporters.
#8. Ask yourself, “What will I do about that,” every time you attack yourself or complain about others.
#9. Eliminate an ineffective practice.
It takes more courage to stop than it does to start.
#10. Go to bed wondering, “What might I do tomorrow that takes my leadership where I want it to go?”
How might leaders change trajectory today?
Which one of the ten ideas seems most helpful for changing trajectory today? Why?
Great post Dan, I am preparing for a board meeting tomorrow – this is very helpful. #8 — At one time I actually thought I was alone in attacking myself; after asking better questions I realized that everyone has a little person on their shoulder whispering and yelling non positive stuff on a daily basis. A few week ago I told my wife that I would like to take a swing at this little person, but was afraid I would break my clavicle. I also appreciate the part about what will you do today?
Great list. Thanks.
The exact words I needed to hear today. Number 5 really hit home. Thank you for this great list!
All of these points really spoke to me today. If I have to choose one, it would be #3, sub-list item #4 – momentum is a series of small wins.
I have been thinking about how to get a book I wrote into the hands of more people. I would love for it to prove a financial success for me, but I am really just wanting people to read it because of the power it has to help people. Yesterday, someone downloaded a free copy of my book. I believe that the book needs to be available to people whether they can afford it or not, so I made the Smashwords edition “set your own price.” I didn’t get rich yesterday, but someone downloaded my book. That is a small win. It has sold perhaps 50 copies total so far. I have already achieved a goal – I may have helped 50 people, and counting.
That is momentum.
Lately I have been telling myself on a regular basis, “Today is where tomorrow starts.” I heard this in a song years ago (although it probably isn’t the original use of the words), and I feel it helps me to get thing started for change now.
Each of the ten ideas are great. Implemented together will bring dramatic results.
Yes, and quite timely for me. Thank you!
Trajectory is for the source of understanding, beyond their self to move on.