The GPS™

*You can do this exercise in your journal, however, I recommend you download the PDF at the bottom of the page and follow along with the exercises below.

On your journey to accomplish your mission, the best way to navigate from where you are to where you want to be is by GPS–Global Positioning System. The same goes for your goals and dreams, only we’ll use a slight variation on the initials “GPS”.

Let’s start first with the equation for success:

Success = G+P+S

Part I:

First, let’s break down your definition of success in each area in which you want to focus. It may be best to download a worksheet for each and every big mission you have (i.e. health, relationships, wealth, etc.) and then complete the entire worksheet for one area of focus, take a break and come back to the next area of focus.

Now answer: What does that word success (in each area) mean to you? What does it mean to be ‘successful’ (i.e. in your health, relationships, wealth, etc.)?

This may be the first time you’ve ever gone deep on this idea, so take some time to consider the values you hold dear to your heart. Your core values. Explore this via the exercise on the downloadable worksheet below and come up with your own definition of success.

Part II:

Once you’ve written that definition out, then consider the GPS portion.

G = Goals

It’s imperative to get clear on what you want. Your goals. Your dreams. Your mission. The challenge is that this is where most people stop. Traditional goal-setting calls for extensive definition of the goal, but little else.

Let’s delve into the the goals that will answer your big mission right now; what is the outcome you are working toward right now? What are the top 3-5 goals that will move you closer to accomplishing that mission?


Mission: Run a marathon

3- 5 major goals that support the mission:

1. Register for the marathon today

2. Research and implement an appropriate nutrition plan to support the training

3. Work up to running 10 miles at your desired pace by a specific date

4. Work up to running 20 miles at your desired pace by a specific date

5. Run in and finish the race

* Include specific dates for each

In this example, you are setting goals based on major checkpoints along the course of accomplishing the mission instead of looking at the overall mission as one big task. Breaking it down into smaller, digestible tasks erases overwhelm and suffocates procrastination.

Complete the Goals portion on your worksheet now (under Part II).

Now that you’ve gotten clear on the goals, let’s go a little deeper and make them more powerful.

P = Purpose

This, my friend, is the jet fuel of goal-setting success. You must back your goals with purpose. Just as currency holds true value when backed by something valuable like gold, your goals require and deserve you being dialed into your purpose.

Here is where the real work begins. Ask yourself why these goals are so important to you.

– Why is it a must for you to accomplish these goals?

– What will your life look like once you’ve accomplished them?

– What will happen if you don’t see these goals through to completion?

– What will it mean to to you to succeed at these goals?

–   Who will your success serve beyond yourself?

Complete the Purpose portion on your worksheet now (under Part II).

But even solid goals and strong purpose aren’t enough. You still need structure to see the mission through to completion.

S = Strategy

A solid strategy will hold those clear goals and heart-centered purpose in tight formation.

A strategy I personally use and share with my clients, the Flight Plan To Success™ model, challenges you to work your way backwards from victory to where you are today.

What is your ultimate goal? In the above example we used running a marathon to illustrate this. Those smaller, intermediate goals act as the bridge to the ultimate outcome we are working towards. Here is how this structure might look:

End goal: Run marathon on 15 October

5-10 Critical Steps:

– Run 20 miles on September 25

–   Run 15 miles on September September 4

–   Run 10 miles on August 1

–   Run 5 miles on July 15

–   Run 1 mile on June 15

–   Sign up for the marathon!

This is a basic structure that, when implemented, will keep you on tack to your biggest projects. I literally used a structure similar (albeit with more steps) to train for and run a 26.2 mile marathon.

Put simply, to accomplish our biggest projects, goals and missions, start by getting clear on what you want to achieve, consider 5-10 critical steps that will take you to victory, and use those mission-supporting checkpoints to connect where you are now to where you want to be.

Complete the Strategy portion on your worksheet now (under Part II).

It is crucial that we place the goals, purpose and strategy in their proper context. As I alluded to a moment ago, too many good people miss their targets by placing all their time, energy and focus on the goal itself. Fact is, once the goal is set,  the real work begins. Realign your approach to success like this:

5            70             25

Success = Goals + Purpose + Strategy

Specifically, place 5% of your time energy and focus in getting clear on what you want, 70% on why it is so important and what it means to you, and 25% on how you accomplish the mission.

Fly High. Fly Fast. Fly Far!


Download the GPS™ worksheet here.