Motivation to Follow Your Own Map


in Goal Setting, Making decisions, Taking Action, What is Failure?

Follow Your Own Map

Last week’s blog:  Would $10m change your life?   If you didn’t get a chance to read it, it is one of my best so far (in my humble opinion) so please check it out and let me know what you think.  Click here to read it.

My question for you today is this:

Where is your map taking you?

A big part of motivation, happiness, maintaining a high energy level and success is following the right map.

Your map.

Your map is based on your own authentic self, morals values, goals, upbringing, desires and dreams.

Whatever it is that matters MOST to you.  That’s the map to follow.

If you do not know where you map leads then you need to do some personal development and up your self-knowledge or you will be destine to be part of someone else’s plan forever.  By choosing not to have a map, you will become part of someone else’s map, whether you realize it or not.

Often times we follow someone else’s map due to mental laziness, FEAR, lack of self-knowledge or self-limiting beliefs and excuses like:

  • I don’t have the money
  • I can’t take the risk right now
  • It’s too hard
  • I’m not old enough
  • I’m too old
  • I don’t have the education
  • I don’t have the resources
  • I don’t have the connections
  • I don’t know where to begin
  • Better to be safe than sorry
  • I tried once before and failed
  • Someone else is already doing it
  • I’m not that good
  • My spouse won’t let me
  • My kids won’t let me
  • My parents won’t let me
  • People would think I’m crazy
  • No one has ever done it

Click here to check out Chris Brogan’s great article, “List of 106 Excuses that Keep you from Being Great” where I borrowed a couple of these excuses from (because I have no excuses of my own of course….haha, just kidding, I of course have my own list of limiting beliefs but it is getting smaller by the day).

Everything around us – the internet, planes flying through the air, electricity, refrigerators were all at one time so far fetched they seemed impossible.  What if the Wright Brothers listened to people who told them they were crazy?   What if Steve Jobs let getting fired from Apple stop his ambition?

Imagine trying to tell a cave man he can put his food in this box that keeps it fresh longer rather and cool rather than storing it in the back of the cave.   Imagine the look and response.   Give that same look and response to anyone who tells you you cannot do something.

I challenge you to shut off technology, take a long walk or spend some quiet time alone (with a pen and paper) and see where your map is leading you.   Maybe it is time to make a map if you don’t have one.  Maybe it is time to tear up the old map and start from scratch.

  • If you don’t like where your map is leading you, throw it away and start over.
  • If you like your direction, but need to make some changes, make the changes.
  • If you like where your map is leading you, recommit to it.  Create a little reminder somewhere you will see it and think about it often.
  • If you don’t make a map, you will be destined to be part of someone else’s map.

Listen to that little voice inside you.  Dance to your own music.

Lacking the knowledge, education, connections and resources are not excuses because people who started with far less than you have accomplished far more than you – it is simply a matter of getting started.  It is never too late.

You can’t connect the dots looking forward.  You can only connect them looking backwards so you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future you have to trust in something, your gut destiny life karma whatever because believing the dots will connect down the road will give you the confidence to follow your heart even when it leads you off the well worn path.  And that will make all the difference.  –Steve Jobs

Until next time, stay curious, keep learning & live inspired!

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  • Anastacio Martinez

    Thanks for sharing you wealth of motivation & for adding value to my life :-) . The great Winston Churchill said “He who fails to plan is planning to fail”.

    PS: I love the photos you used in this post. Very colorful :-) . Goes well with you background!!!

    Keep up the good work…

    You are a champion!!!

  • Annie Moyes

    Joe, what a lovely, thoughtful young man you are, and this question, although having been asked before seems more relevant in these times when it’s possible for young people to make huge changes in this world and the money to make them. In fact we are relying on you to make the changes we have started. Yours is certainly a different culture from the one I grew up in. I have been working with people for many years and do my best to stay up with the daily changes I see happening all around me. It’s certainly a challenge.

    So to answer your question, what would I do with $10 million dollars? I would like to start a movement to help young people less fortunate to change the beliefs that keep them stuck in their parents and society’s ancient, crippling beliefs systems of the past, so they can be free to live a life of real choice, free from fear and corruption. I have all I need to survive well, the only thing I would really like is for all people to be happy and live a life filled with meaning and compassion.

    Well done – I look forward to watching your future progress.

  • JustinB

    Love the life-map concept, Joe. It’s been amazing to me how once I finally figured out where I wanted to go in life, it all starts coming together to make that destination possible.

    In addition, there’s the stereotype of males, and plenty of females too, not wanting to ask for directions, yet I’ve learned in following my own life “map” that asking for directions in life is essential. That is, if the person you’re asking knows how to actually get there. You, Joe, are one of those people who knows how to get people “there.” Anyone here should feel comfortable asking Joe for directions!

  • Joe Sweeney

    Taso – thank you for your comments and continued support of the blog!

    Hi Annie! Thank you for the kind words. Is this your first time reading the blog? Your comments are much appreciated. What beliefs do you feel are most crippling for our generation? I’d love to hear more about your thoughts and ideas and perhaps it will be a source to blog about in the future.

    Justin – You rock! It was awesome to cross paths at such an exciting time in your life! Stay focused and motivated and you will follow through on those big lofty goals you set – I believe in you bud!

    • Anastacio Martinez

      My pleasure :-) . I use your blog as part of my personal development tools to develop my potential. Keep it up!!!

      • Joe Sweeney

        Taso – cool to hear my blog serves as a personal development resource for you. What other blogs to you frequent to learn about personal development? Please share em with us!!

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