I firmly believe that having a game plan is essential for success. Athletes prepare extensively for their games. You need to work out as hard as they do. It doesn’t matter what your goals are. They can be as simple and as complex as, “I want to be happy” or as professionally orientated as “I want to bring my product to market”. Either way, you’re identifying where you are and where you want to be. Progress will follow.
I parallel game plan with the concept of a “road map”. You wouldn’t leave on a trip without one, right? So don’t embark on your inventing adventure without one, either. Here’s are the necessary elements of a solid road map.
How are you going to get there? Some paths are easier to map than others, but all are possible to. Find your own personal guidebook – a mentor. This mentor should, ideally, have walked the path you are creating. He or she can help identify steps you didn’t even know existed. I think befriending this individual and learning from them is the fastest way to reach your destination. Additional information gain be gained through the Internet or a trade show.
Write the steps you have gathered down. Number them. List them. Whatever you do, be specific. Specific steps are easier to achieve. I’m a visual person, and writing down my steps helps me keep them at the forefront of my mind. Make sure that your steps can be completed in a moderate amount of time – if they extend for too long, then you may become disappointed or dismayed. You want to be able to scratch these steps off.
Roadblocks, speed bumps, and detours will inevitably be thrust into your path. Keep your eye on the prize. It’s clich?, but you really do need to walk before you can run. Your goal may seem overwhelming, but if you make the steps you take manageable, then you will reach it. Do not be afraid to change or edit your road map as you see fit. Filter in new information and drive on!
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