Can a stuffed salmon help you to improve your goals?
By Donovan Grant
What does your favourite recipe book look like?
My guess would that it has lots of beautiful colour pictures, lists of ingredients and step by step instructions of how to cook the meals. This is exactly the type of book I like too.
The reason I mention this is that on Sunday’s I get to put on my chef’s hat and cook dinner for the family. There is no greater virtue than to be of service to others and I just love cooking!
So today’s main dish was stuffed salmon. Have you cooked this dish before?
Having never cooked stuffed salmon before, I hopped on to Google in search of a recipe. I came across one that matched most of the ingredients in the fridge. The only thing that worried me was that it didn’t have a picture of what the finished dish would look like.
Without making excuses, the lack of picture was the reason that dish was “messed up” in the words of my 10 year old son. The step that said to ‘read roll up the stuffed fillets’ couldn’t work because instead of cutting the salmon into fillets, they were cut into steaks!
But here’s the thing that became apparent- I didn’t have a clear vision of what the finished recipe would look like. Sure I had eaten salmon many times before but I had never cooked this dish.
Isn’t this the same issue that many of us have in life? We don’t have a vision of what we really want!
Just ponder on this question for a moment…
How often do you start working towards your goals without knowing what the end result looks like?
As I found out today, there are downsides for sure. What can happen if you don’t have vision?-+-+
Just for starters:
- You can end up with something totally different than what you wanted
- You can lose the power of focus
- An unclear goal remains just like a day dream
- It’s easy to lose faith in what you are working towards
So, have you got a vision of what your goal is?
We don’t always need to have a total idea of how we are going to get there; but we do need to know where there is.
I love the way Marianne Williamson summed your vision up:
“Like a great athlete, we must have a very clear vision of what we want to accomplish before we make a move. Vision, in preparation for an action, is as important as the action itself.”
So think about one of the goals you are working on as the moment as if you were cooking your favourite meal. Ensure you have a beautiful colour picture, list all resources that you need and put together a step by step plan of how you are going to achieve it. All that will be left is to take action and stay focused every day!
The pictures you create in your mind are like a secret weapon in your goal achieving armoury. When you use this power you are able to bring goals and dreams to life even before you have created them! Your imagination is your road-map to anything that you want to achieve today, tomorrow and in the future. So, let’s get started.
From the chef's kitchen!
Have you got a clear vision of your top goal that you are working towards? What hot tip would you give to someone about ‘having a vision?’ Leave us a comment below, we love hearing from you every day?
Donovan Grant is a coach, mentor, blogger, speaker and IT professional who brings his wisdom of parenting for the last 21 years and coaching clients through the stages of raising youth and empowering leaders with life lessons that are changing generations. He is a passionate and committed leader who believes that we all have the ability to help to change someone else’s life. Actively doing so as a catalyst for many years he teaches how to live a life of success, balance, integrity and fun, whether at work or at play.www.donovangrant.com