The saying may be old and overdone, but it’s tried and true, and a principle that’s easy to take for granted. Determine exactly where it is you want to go, so that when the rubber meets the road, you will have a clear destination in mind as you begin to navigate your roadmap to success.
First things first—your vision, or that snapshot of where you want to be at the end of all of your blood, sweat and tears, depends greatly upon your priorities in life. And it is those priorities played out in your daily life that will drive you toward that end goal and ultimately success, in your relationships, family and business. Priorities vary from person to person, and can be anything from physical health, to rekindling the romance in your marriage, to making tons of money!
Whatever your priorities, write them down on paper. Go on, now, write down your top 3 priorities.
While prioritizing may seem intuitive, your values are so integrated into who you are that they can be difficult to pinpoint, so I’d like to walk you through a process that can aid you in developing a concise vision and ultimately the top priorities that will help you get where you’re going.
Picture yourself at the end of December 2014. And as tempting as it is to use sweeping generalities like “happier” or “thinner” or even just “better off than I am now,” hone in on the details of that image of you. Where are you? What are you doing? How do you feel?
My vision at the end of 2014 is very clear. I am sitting in a particular chair in my house, surrounded by my kids and my husband and the remnants of Christmas. In my hand is a cup of coffee. And you know what? That cup of coffee is less than a quarter full, which is virtually unheard of in my life right now. My face is relaxed. I am in a stress-free zone. When I think about my vision, I can actually feel the happiness and contentment. I am feeling satisfied with my business, I am fulfilled by helping you get what you want from your business. This is what I’m talking about when I say we want the specifics—the nitty- gritty—of where you are going in 2014.
Get this vision—this snapshot of where you are headed—on paper. If you are a visual person, draw a picture. If you are a list-maker, make a list. Whatever it takes, get the details of where you will be at the end of this year – have it clearly visible so you see it every day, several times a day- as decisions come up, and opportunities arise – look at that vision and ask yourself.
Do these opportunities honor my priorities?
Will these opportunities get me to my vision?
The path that you take to your vision is totally up to you and the choices you make. The more clearer the vision – the more clarity you will have on which path to take to get there.
Share your vision! Where are you going to be at the end of December 2014?