The Four Quarters 4 – Putting Things Together

19 June 2009, by A. Cedilla

“Vision without action is merely a dream. Action without vision just passes the time. Vision with action can change the world.” Joel Arthur Baker

Are you willing to do the actual work to change your world for the better? To take the lead in determining the course of your life? In capping this four-part series we’ve covered the following: 1) How to use your time wisely, and in accordance with your priorities, 2) Identifying visions and goals, and 3) Breaking down your plan into flexible, manageable steps. This last part ties everything we’ve covered together.

Being busy doesn’t always mean accomplishing something.
As an old joke goes, “It’s no use watering the lawn when your roof is on fire.” Know what your priorities are, and establish a support system so you can take care of them. Make it so you don’t have to worry about sudden flames erupting from your attic, and arrange it so you have back-ups and some fail-safe handy for emergencies. Take the time to figure things out. Often the time you wanted to save in hurrying some decisions is nothing compared to the time you spend recovering from the aftermath of choices made hastily, without guidance and not aligned with your big goals.

Keep asking questions to realign what you’re doing with where you really want to go. The on-board navigational systems that airplanes use automatically makes hundreds of thousands of calculations to correct the flight path, which ultimately helps the plane get to where it’s supposed to go.

Shouldn’t you take even a tenth of this kind of care into the decision-making process to guide your life?

Cultivate clarity, focus and attention to help you along the way.
Practice paying attention, real attention, and not just coast by using the automatic assumptions you take for granted. Know what you want and need to accomplish for today to get you a step further tomorrow.

Start at the end and work your way back. Once you have the picture of the Big Why, the reason behind the goal, the how’s, when’s and where’s often pop up and fall into place like magic.

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