Strengths and Outcomes

JourneyLifeEDITDecember 30, 2015

4 Minute Read | 300 Words

We’ve all heard the saying: A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. And, it’s true, to reach a destination—any destination—we must first leave where we are.

To take this idea a step further, consider this: We could safely drive from New York to LA in the dark only seeing the 300 or 400 feet in front of us lit by the headlights.

In both cases it boils down to one word: START.

That is, we don’t need to see the end in order to begin. But we do need to begin in order to finish.


We can’t know all the details of our various journeys in life, so it’s important that this doesn’t prevent us from setting out. After all, it’s easy to get bogged down in all the “hows” of an idea and to forget that life generally unfolds when we allow it.

However, when we try to control every outcome and foresee every obstacle, we generally spend a lot of energy fretting over how we might resolve imaginary challenges.

Instead we can put that energy into preparing the way and creating opportunities in the present.

Our strengths have a lot to say about this idea, too. By identifying our gifts and focusing on them, we know that we can start from strength and grow stronger, as opposed to starting from “weakness” and hoping to end at strength. Which is a gamble.

When our perspectives are strengths based, we don’t need to focus on what is ten miles down the road because the value of what is right in front of us is seen clearly.

The strengths keep us present and prevent us from the discouraging thought of “how, how, how” because we are focused on the encouraging thought of “now, now, now”.

3 Questions

What is my next first step?

Do I focus on LA when I haven’t even left New York?

What is my ultimate dream for the coming year?

5 Minute Action

Make a list of ten goals you have for the coming year—anything from health and wellness goals to financial goals and relationships.

Find a glass jar and four rolls of pennies.

Dump three rolls into the jar and then add another 65 pennies from the fourth roll.

That gives you 365 pennies in the jar.

Tape your list of ten goals to the outside of the jar and take one penny out every day—starting on January 1st.

Allow the visual representation of time passing in shrinking penny-jar to motivate you.

As your penny count gets lower and lower your list should get shorter and shorter as you accomplish each goal.

Be Your Greatness. Start. Do. Go.

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