We get this all the time:
“How lucky you are! I would love to live your life!”
So how did we get here?
Vision. We get a vision in our heads and it consumes us! (Or me anyway…)
Hope this article helps someone. I don’t remember where I got this, but I have taught it for a long, long time – from the days when I was a personal and business coach…
Why vision works:
The need to grow is a basic human need. When you grow, you satisfy your highest need to accomplish and contribute. The vision is simply your own view of how you want to grow. Vision works because humans want to move forward which requires that you see where you are going.
Questions to help you develop your vision:
Answer these three questions, starting with the ones you checked. Each question is designed to help you decide what goes into the first draft of your personal vision. This process is always a “two steps forward and one backward type exercise”.
#1. Looking out 18 months, decide what you most want to accomplish?
#2. What is the purpose behind your work? In other words, why do you want to do this work and how does it align with the vision of your future?
#3. What is your core talent or talents that you are expecting to use as a part of this vision?
How do you know you are making progress?
- You will be able to draw a picture of the future state you are moving toward
- You will feel energized and focused
- You will better appreciate that you are not your job and that a higher purpose is pulling you forward
People can sabotage their future by paying too much attention to what is going on around them. Rather than receiving ideas from a positive vision of the future, they get pulled, turned and wrapped up in problems of the day. They are condition driven. They are unknowingly over-invested in today’s actions at the expense of creating a future.
Why visions evaporate:
The number one reason people head in the wrong direction is because they are thinking too small. If you stay with past routines that have become habit, or process too carefully, you will underestimate your talent, your potential and your inner desire to have more. Ironically, what was a great opportunity both financially and personally never amounts to anything. By giving energy to the small things, they control your week, day month etc., the idea of possibility never occurs.
Having a vision requires that you accept things you may not now see.
And that my friends is why (and how) we live here: