Creating a strong and powerful vision is your first step to your ascent to business success. A clear and compelling vision will catapult you to achieving all you want personally and professionally. With a clear path, you will know where you are going and getting there will be faster and more enjoyable. So let’s get started!
Being able to escape the distractions of work and life is the best way to focus. Not all of us have the time or the money to do anything exotic, but if you do, book a trip for 2 to 3 days where you can be free and relax to let your mind explore all possibilities.
A few years ago, I had the kind of time and money to do just that. I would travel to a new country every year to spend time alone and really think about my life and what I wanted. With the fall of the real estate market and the global economic decline, things have gotten a lot tighter financially. So what is a person to do?
For folks with families, children, jobs and other responsibilities that prevent them from the freedom of personal abandon, we have to be more creative. We also have to be more determined and steadfast in our determination to create a vision.
Determination starts with putting your mask on first! What do the airline stewards always tell you when you are getting ready for take-off? “Should there be a drop in cabin pressure, masks will fall from the ceiling and will provide proper air flow. Please apply your mask first and assist those around you after you have.” I am sure that is not exactly how they say it, but you get the idea.
It is important to take care of yourself because if you pass out you will not be able to assist your children or those around you that will need your help. Well, this is true in all aspects of your life. You must eat properly, get enough sleep, exercise etc to ensure you are healthy and alive to care for those you love.
In business, your vision is your mask and you have to be serious about it as you would to save your life and those around you on an airplane.
I find a quiet spot out of the house and away from all distractions to allow me time to focus. This can be a park, a coffee shop, the library and if you just cannot break away from the house, book a time where you can unplug and turn off your phones, put a note on the door to come back later and not to knock so that you and turn all of your attention to the matter at hand.your success!
Once you have decided what your oasis from distraction will be, now schedule time to visit. You need to have a minimum of an hour. Two or more hours are better so that you can really spend time brainstorming and feeding your vision. Once you have scheduled your time write it down and commit to it! Put a sticky note on your bathroom mirror to remind yourself to your commitment.
If you get ideas you want to explore before your set time, write them down on sticky notes too, or somewhere you can refer back to them so that you fully explore all possibilities. Once your time to vision has come, have a pen and paper handy!
Brainstorming your vision through writing with pen and paper is the very best way. If you type it out you can edit yourself and lose valuable ideas. I prefer typing, but I know from experience that is just doesn’t cut it. There is something elemental to reading your fluid thoughts and getting new ideas that you had not thought of before.
Questions to ask yourself:
- First and foremost, what inspires you? What is your motivation to spend time, energy and resources to achieve your vision?
- What will you do, buy, achieve with the success of your vision?
- What steps are needed to achieve your vision?
- Do you money to get to your vision? How are you going to get the money? Ask for assistance, get a loan, have a garage sale, sell things laying around the house that you no longer use on craigslist?
What are the necessary steps to get there? Create time lines! One year, three years, five years.
When you are creating your timelines, see yourself there and speak in the present. If you want to be traveling in Japan in 2014, imagine yourself in Japan. Write exactly what you are doing. For example: Just landed in Tokyo airport and getting off the plane was an experience! I don’t read Japanese so figuring my way around was exciting. Once I found the ATM machine, I got some cash out. I love the way foreign money looks. It is like art work.you get the idea.
Write what you are doing each day, where you go, what you see. The more detailed your vision, the more exciting it will be for you. The more exciting, the more real, the more likely you will succeed.
Do this with every aspect of your life starting with personal, then family, then work. I occasionally get asked about spiritual vision and that is part of your personal. Spirituality is very important for a balanced life. The most important thing to remember, you have to put your mask on first.
You can do anything you put your mind to.reasonably speaking of course. I know it is not likely traveling to the moon is in my future even though it would be an amazing experience I would love to have. I do know that I can travel to Japan and I know exploring all of the fun I would have while there through vision brainstorming will get me there!
So get started! Develop your vision! If you want to travel, buy a bigger home, make a six figure income, donate $50,000 to your favorite charity to your religious organization, you just need a clear path as to how you are going to get there.