If You Don’t Know Where You’re Going, How Will You Know When You’ve Arrived?

Have you ever been lost? I mean completely bewildered by your surroundings and without an idea as to which direction is the right direction?

Let me ask you this: How did you know when you were lost? Simple. The image of what was around you didn’t match the image of where you were supposed to be. That means, when we’re lost, we know where we are meant to be but where we actually are isn’t it.

If you don’t know where you’re supposed to be, you wouldn’t even know that you were lost and that’s a whole other level of lostness.

Living and moving with intention means knowing where you’re going. The trick is realizing that everyone is making things up as they go along and that you can do the same thing.

You are the one who decides what your destination looks like. And you are the one who determines to move in that direction every day until you arrive.


Start at the End, But Also Now

You’ve heard the saying. “The best time to plant a tree was twenty years ago; the second best time is now.”

And yet, here you are, reading this, somewhere between not-yet-started and still-not-done. Why’s that? Well, I have a theory.

You need to have a clear picture of what needs to be done before you just do it.

Starting is easy. It’s easy to plant a seed, if we’re going to go with that analogy. It’s easy to decide on a goal, to set a plan into motion, to talk about the idea of things. Just do it! Nike says, and we done it. We had a whole getting things done revolution and still, for some reason, there’s still things to do.

And that’s because we often don’t have a clear picture of what done actually is. You need to have a clear picture of what needs to be done before you just do it. It’s easy to know what needs to be done with common tasks like cleaning the kitchen or walking the dog or any of the several things we do day in and day out. But when it comes to uncharted territory like starting a business, building a community, or making a product, done gets a little murky.

So how do you get your big idea from this uncharted thing in your mind’s eye to some doable? Let’s look at the kitchen cleaning task as an example. You’ll know when the kitchen is cleaned when a few things have happened: the dishes are washed and put away, the stove is cleaned, the counters are cleared, the trash is emptied, and the floor is mopped. Boom. Cleaned.

What we see as one task, “Clean the kitchen” is actually made up of five different tasks. One task, many “dones”. Finishing means understanding every piece of done that your project contains.

Subconsciously, you know any single task is actually made up of a bunch of smaller tasks. It’s why we get overwhelmed with the idea of tasks we’ve never done before but want to do. We haven’t defined what done is at the macro or micro levels, so we just get lost in a storm of hypothesized difficulties.

Defining done is just as important as getting started. In fact, it should be step one. How do you know that your idea has been executed? How do you know that your project is complete? Start at the end and, well, get it done.


Welcome to Kabuvu!

Welcome to Kabuvu! We’re a tribe of people who are pushing each other to do great things, one daily action at a time. We believe that if you’ve got big dreams, you’ll need a big tribe and we’re here to help you build both.

You see, stories of individual successes hide a very important truth: we are each inextricably connected to each other. No one person makes it big all by themselves. Your big idea, you know the one that’s going to get you to the next level, that one? It’s going to need a whole crew of supporting actors along the way. At Kabuvu, you’ll learn how to design a life that supports people who are supporting you.

Changing your world isn’t easy, and it’s also not impossible. And, with the right set of people in your corner, you will not only make your dreams reality, you will do it in a sustainable way.

There’s so much to learn and so many things to build. So don’t get too comfortable! Sign up for the mailing list, follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and join the Tribe. The best is yet to come!