May 26, 2015

Designing your Destiny – Part 3 of 7


Welcome to the third part in our series Designing your Destiny. This series explores the Destiny By Design formula and how it can help you achieve outstanding results in all areas of your life.

In the first part, we spoke about the need to Decide what out its you want to achieve.

In the second post we spoke about how you can connect your goal to your values and your beliefs to your values.

Step 3: Seek

In this post we are going to talk about Seeking new knowledge and levels of understanding to help us achieve the results we are after. As Einstein said, “We cannot solve our problems with the same level of thinking we used to create them.” In other words, we need to learn something more, do something better, or change the way we think in order to achieve results and Design our own Destiny.

The challenge most people have in learning something new, of even improving on their existing knowledge, is that we seldom have the time to dedicate to the learning. and even if we do find the time, we don’t know what to focus on and how to achieve results quickly.

The exercises below will guide you through the process that I and countless others have used to achieve great learning results.

1 What do you know?

Take a moment to write down in bullet points what you currently know about the topic or area you selected in Part 1 of this journey. Write down as many keywords as you can think of. And don’t worry if your list is quite short or you don’t know anything in that area. the next post will tasks care of that for you. As an example, if you choose the area of Health, you might say you know how to create a diet plan our exercise plan for yourself.

2 What do you need to learn or grow your skills in?

For example if you selected the area of Money, and you said you already know about creating an expenses document, you might say the area you need to work on is getting the habit of saving, or you want to learn how to start a business our learn to invest your money. Create a list like you did in the first exercise.

3 Define your Top Three

Now from the list of things you want to learn more about, select the top 3 that would create the biggest impact in your growth and understanding in your chosen area. 80% of your results will come from the top 20% of good actions, so be sure to circle the most important ones only.

4 Top down approach

Using the Top-down approach, select the item which will yield the biggest results if you got this handled right now. for this area, note write down the top 3-5 actions you can take and the ones that will help you learn or improve in this area quickly.

For example you might choose that the most important thing you need to learn is how to start a business. your list of how to go about it might look something like this:
1) Read books on starting businesses (pick a few in your chosen area)
2) Join the local college and take a course in that area
3) Join a mentorship program with someone already successful in that area

Following this, decide which activity will help you get 80% of the results quickly.

In the above example you may decide that getting a mentor in the same area will help you gain the knowledge as well as learn from their wealth of experience and hindsight.

Now you know what to focus on, this alone will save you hours of guesswork and help you get the results you want quickly and efficiently. This alone will double the rate of your productivity.

Well done, having gone through the first three parts of the Destiny by Design formula, you have now taken more actions than most people do on any of their goals. Give yourself a pat on the back.

To your success,

CJ Sohal


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