What Vision? What For?

What Vision? What For?

Did you know there are only two ways to get to an end result?

The first is to be pulled toward the result by being internally inspired. The other is to be pushed toward the result through internal or external motivation. There is a huge difference between motivation and inspiration. Few are inspired.

Think about which of these two ways makes for a better, easier to achieve result for you. Why do believe that? Which do you use?

If you want to complete some sort of goal with all your heart, how hard is it for you to overcome procrastination, fear and challenges to reach that goal?

What if you really do not care whether you get there or not? What if you are striving for someone else’s goal? How challenging is it to overcome procrastination, fear and challenges? Again – there is a huge difference in the two!

Having a clear vision of the end result is the most important step to success whether in business or personal growth. Vision brings inspiration. Stopping at the end of the day is hard, and you will want to begin as soon as possible in the morning. Procrastination disappears, fear falls away and challenges melt like butter!

Make it priority to define your vision. At least, create a short term vision to use until the longer term vision becomes more clear. Work with a partner or a coach to define your vision.

Business, relationships, even vacations should all begin with a vision. Vision is crucial to anything you want to do.

It is much easier to know the steps to take when the end result is clearly stated.

Don’t believe everything you hear…

Why does everybody try to tell me how ‘bad’ things are?

When I ask them to talk about their own life instead of globally – I find things are not as bad as they are making out. In fact, before our conversation is over they are usually surprised at the opportunities available to them in the present circumstances!

I encourage you to look closely for the opportunities available to you right now. There are incredible things happening in the world.

And if you have intimate knowledge of someone who is truly in bad straights (not things you have heard on the news) then do your best to help them the best you can. Their bad times will pass.

As will the news media’s take on the world situation…


Massive changes in your life?

I know there are people going through massive changes in their lives with all that is happening around us.

If  you are one of those people, my heart goes out to you. We all are very much attached to our routines, our habits and our way of life, and when these routines are broken – with the pain that often is attached, our lives are thrown into confusion.

May I be so forward to suggest that now might be the time to take drastic action? If your life seems to be careening down a path you do not want to be on and you feel out of control – often the only way to gain control at all is to at least choose the path you will be going.

This is not an easy solution, but it can be an exciting one. If you were able to make a change what would you do?  Is there anything you have dreamed of doing but let it go? Are there places you would live?  Ideas you have to be implemented?

I think the best thing possible when life seems to be carrying you along is to make a conscious effort to wrest back control and do whatever you must do to create you own life.

When you do – you will find an inner strength to help, an inner peace from trying and a great sense of accomplishment for completion.

You can do it!

What happened to accountability?

If you ask my kids I have preached accountability and responsibility as the core values for their lives to come.

If I could only get them to understand the importance of those two values – the rest would naturally follow.

What happened to rest of the world while I was teaching my kids?

They Call This Stuff News?

My background is self improvement.

One of my core beliefs and teachings is that we each create our own reality.

I am very concerned that many folks are allowing others to take this vital role away from them.

Although I have not had programmed TV in our house for over 17 years now, the ‘news’ still gets to me through the Internet, radio and conversations with others.

What bothers me is the  idea that we are all about to crash and burn.

And as I watch the savings of many people disappear in the stock market I have to wonder what the heck is going on!

I think we all need to take a very close look at what tribe we are part of!

In my tribe(s) which include my family tribe, business tribe, friends tribe, etc… – our world is pretty much the same as it has always been.

There is no one panicking that I am aware of. Are some of the members of our tribes going through challenges due to financial challenges? Of course – but that is always happening!

All of us are still doing our best to create our lives the best we can. We are making daily choices to the best of our ability. And most of the folks I know are figuring out ways to take best advantage of every opportunity that arises. And there are incredible opportunities in today’s world!

When you come across someone who seems to be part of the tribe that believes the world is ending – please point out to them they are creating their own reality.

As for me – that world I hear about on the news (it shouldn’t even be called news in my opinion) is not the world I live in. Nor would I want to!

What do you think?

If you feel strongly about this, please post a comment on the blog…

Be the fittest, most rested, most intelligent, best funded and motivated person

One of the best reads I do each morning is marketing guru Seth Godin.

As  I continually learn how to write copy for my different blogs, sales letters, and clients, more and more I am turned off by the conventional idea to sell with hyperbole.

Seth’s post this morning sums up my feelings very well…

Here it is…

People really want to believe effort is a myth, at least if we consider what we consume in the media:

  • politicians and beauty queens who get by on a smile and a wink
  • lottery winners who turn a lifetime of lousy jobs into one big payday
  • sports stars who are born with skills we could never hope to acquire
  • hollywood celebrities with the talent of being in the right place at the right time
  • failed CEOs with $40 million buyouts

It really seems (at least if you read popular media) that who you know and whether you get ‘picked’ are the two keys to success. Luck.

The thing about luck is this: we’re already lucky. We’re insanely lucky that we weren’t born during the black plague or in a country with no freedom. We’re lucky that we’ve got access to highly-leveraged tools and terrific opportunities. If we set that luck aside, though, something interesting shows up.

Delete the outliers–the people who are hit by a bus or win the lottery, the people who luck out in a big way, and we’re left with everyone else. And for everyone else, effort is directly related to success. Not all the time, but as much as you would expect. Smarter, harder working, better informed and better liked people do better than other people, most of the time.

Effort takes many forms. Showing up, certainly. Knowing stuff (being smart might be luck of the draw, but knowing stuff is the result of effort). Being kind when it’s more fun not to. Paying forward when there’s no hope of tangible reward. Doing the right thing. You’ve heard these things a hundred times before, of course, but I guess it’s easier to bet on luck.

If people aren’t betting on luck, then why do we make so many dumb choices? Why aren’t useful books selling at fifty times the rate they sell now? Why does anyone, ever, watch reality TV shows? Why do people do such dumb stuff with their money?

I think we’ve been tricked by the veneer of lucky people on the top of the heap. We see the folks who manage to skate by, or who get so much more than we think they deserve, and it’s easy to forget that:

a. these guys are the exceptions
b. there’s nothing you can do about it anyway.

And that’s the key to the paradox of effort: While luck may be more appealing than effort, you don’t get to choose luck. Effort, on the other hand, is totally available, all the time.

This is a hard sell. Diet books that say, “eat less, exercise more,” may work, but they don’t sell many copies.

With that forewarning, here’s a bootstrapper’s/marketer’s/entrepreneur’s/fast-rising executive’s effort diet. Go through the list and decide whether or not it’s worth it. Or make up your own diet. Effort is a choice, at least make it on purpose:

1. Delete 120 minutes a day of ‘spare time’ from your life. This can include TV, reading the newspaper, commuting, wasting time in social networks and meetings. Up to you.

2. Spend the 120 minutes doing this instead:

  • Exercise for thirty minutes.
  • Read relevant non-fiction (trade magazines, journals, business books, blogs, etc.)
  • Send three thank you notes.
  • Learn new digital techniques (spreadsheet macros, Firefox shortcuts, productivity tools, graphic design, html coding)
  • Volunteer.
  • Blog for five minutes about something you learned.
  • Give a speech once a month about something you don’t currently know a lot about.

3. Spend at least one weekend day doing absolutely nothing but being with people you love.

4. Only spend money, for one year, on things you absolutely need to get by. Save the rest, relentlessly.

If you somehow pulled this off, then six months from now, you would be the fittest, best rested, most intelligent, best funded and motivated person in your office or your field. You would know how to do things other people don’t, you’d have a wider network and you’d be more focused.

It’s entirely possible that this won’t be sufficient, and you will continue to need better luck. But it’s a lot more likely you’ll get lucky, I bet.