ambition mapping

Find Your Focus With Ambition Mapping – With Zak Slayback, Part 2 [PODCAST #561]


(Part Two of Two) Zak Slayback returns for a marathon discussion on how to set and make progress towards meaningful personal and professional goals. Recorded April 9th in Pittsburgh, PA in the studio of good friend Andrew Mercer. I was really happy Andrew joined us; he added some great stories and thoughtful questions related to his own productivity journey. The first conversation focused on deschooling - how to unlearn and discard certain limiting beliefs that interfere with professional success and fulfillment. Today we go into detail on how to find your focus with "Ambition Mapping" - Zak's process for goal setting.


- Being busy vs. being productive: what is the highest priority?
- Andrew's productivity quest, Getting Things Done
- Know what you're looking for; identifying specific outcomes
- Building connections between visions and tasks

Ambition Mapping

If you had a map to navigate a labyrinth, you know you should trace your way backwards based on your destination. You adjust your path based on where you start relative to where you want to go. People know this when playing a game and know it in general when choosing a career (i.e., if I want to be a doctor, I should go to medical school) but rarely re-examine their path using this through their careers.

This process of regularly looking at where you want to go, evaluating where you’re starting, and working backwards from the destination to where you are now is what I call ambition mapping. - Zak Slayback

- Built off Nathaniel Branden's sentence stems
- What does it mean to esteem oneself?
- Defining "progress" and "meaningful goals"
- Ambition mapping is a three-phase writing process
1. Day One: Via Negativa - Identify what you don't want
2. Day Two: Via Positiva - Identify what you DO want
3. Day Three: Review Stems from the previous 2 days and find the intersection between the two. Research what fits in the intersection. Build the ambition map: the path from where you want to go back to where you are.

Related Shows:

[PODCAST] #401: Setting and Achieving Goals (1 of 2) – Attitudes, Obstacles and Mistakes
[PODCAST] #402: Setting and Achieving Goals (2 of 2) – Ten Tips For Success
[PODCAST] #454: Building A Credential Better Than the College Degree, With Zak Slayback

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