Saturday, June 25, 2016

Gaining Clarity with Help from the Cheshire Cat

The Cheshire Cat may have been crazy but at least he knew which road to take.

Let’s recap the scene from Lewis Carroll’s novel Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.

Alice: “What road do I take?”
Cheshire Cat: “Well where are you going?”
Alice: “I don’t know.”
Cheshire Cat: “Then it doesn’t matter. If you don’t know where you are going, any road will get you there.”

This is a fantastic representation for setting a proper goal. Just as Alice needed to know where she was going before choosing her path, it’s absolutely important that you know what you want (goal) so that you can determine the course of action that will get you there.


It’s not enough to be in the ballpark. In fact, you would do yourself (and your team) a great disservice by stating your goal in general terms.

How many people do you know that frequently fail to achieve goals simply because they are vague and wishy-washy with what they want?

They say things like this:

I want to grow my business
Duh…we all do! But how big do you want to grow and in what way?

I want to lose weight.
But don’t state how much they want to lose and by when.

I want to be someone important and respected by others.
What the H-E-Double hockey sticks does that mean?!

These aren’t goals. These are statements made by middle school students and chances are that any good teacher would tell those students to return to their desk and be more specific before submitting the assignment.  

Yet many adults try to take the easy way out by doing as little work as possible when it comes to setting their goals and somehow they’re confused or disappointed when they fail miserably or at best get poor results.

As stated before, it’s not enough to be in the ballpark. You have to know what you want. But more than that, you have to know – specifically – what you want.

So where do you fit in?

Well, let’s play a game.

Go ahead and think about that thing you want.

Now, put yourself in Alice’s pretty little shoes for a moment.

As you stand before multiple possible roads, are you able to choose the best one that will allow you to reach your desired destination easily and effortlessly?

If you have total clarity on what it is that you want then you most likely answered yes because you know which road is the right one to take.

However, if you’re having trouble choosing the right road because they all look the same or because you can’t see that far ahead then you need to become clearer with what you want.

The audio below is from a live training series, Bankrolling Your Mind, with Larunce Pipkin. If you don’t know who he is – look him up!

Based on a 3-pillar approach, the Bankrolling Your Mind program is designed to help the person (you) gain complete clarity on what you want, determine laser focus on how to get it, and develop rituals for success that when practiced over time will cultivate mastery.

You’re welcome to download this audio and use it as a training tool for your leadership team and invite them to future training calls.

Until next time, thanks for reading and be excellent!

Ps – If you’re still wearing Alice’s shoes, you can take them off now.

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