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“To the person who does not know where he wants to go there is no favorable wind.” ~Seneca
Vision. This entry will talk about the process of creating a vision; creating a vision as part of the process of making a plan to achieve a specific goal. I know that I just finished an entire nine part series about creating a vision and I shared that information on this blog. Still, this will come after “vision” from a slightly different angle and it is information well worth having.
Before we talk about vision again, I’m going to share a bit of backstory. Some of you know that I am a certified NLP Practitioner. Some of you even know what that means – at least in the field of self-improvement and self-development. For all of you though, and for me, I am going to start sharing some of my NLP history and experiences in this blog. NLP (Neuro-Linguistic Programming) is such a powerful set of skills and learnings and it is a key set of techniques that I continually call upon to help my clients and myself. How did I get involved in NLP and what does that have to do with “vision?’ Still more backstory is needed for that.
So now, I am stepping into the “Wayback Machine.” (Quick, anyone remember where that phrase comes from?) In 1984, I was hired by a small start-up in Southern California, my first job after college. I was hired as an accountant and what a wild and great experience I had there. The two founders of this company, George Handgis and Bob McNulty, had a vision of creating the largest Home Improvement Centers chain in the USA. Armed with drive, seemingly unshakeable self-confidence, and not much money, they very nearly made it. More >
“Change always comes bearing gifts.” ~Price Pritchett
America is very excited today. Barack Obama will shortly become the president of the United States – a monumental occasion for many reasons. Mr. Obama was not my choice for president; my choice did not make it through the primary process. Still, I wish him the absolute best. He is taking over a country with many serious issues and we need some new ideas and a strong leader. May that be Barack Obama!
Now, to Your Vision - I thought it would be useful to recap what I have talked about so far regarding creating a life vision before we move forward on the process.
1) Having a clear and exciting and compelling vision of your future is a critical element for success. With the right vision, you can become fearless. With the right vision, you are naturally focused. With the right vision, stress disappears and you are pulled towards your dreams by great positive feeling of anticipation. You create this vision with smart questions and self analysis.
2) Answer this question for yourself: What would you attempt to do if you knew you could not fail? What would you attempt to become or achieve or do, if you knew that it was impossible to fail?
3) Create an inventory of your dreams. I want you to pretend that it is Christmas Eve and you have been very good indeed – Santa is going to bring you whatever you wish. This should be a comprehensive list that looks from today all the way forward to 20 or more years from now. I don’t want you to worry at all about how you will accomplish any of these goals. I don’t want you to put any limits on these goals. I just want you to dream, across all categories of your life, and write these things down.
I’ll give you some categories to help your creativity. Try to end up with at least a dozen notes in each of the following categories of goals. Spend anywhere from a minimum of 5 minutes to whatever amount of time feels right to you.
Goal Setting Categories:
- Your Physical Body Goal
- Personal Development Goals
- Family Goals
- Relationship Goals
- Business Goals
- Spiritual Goals
- Financial Goals
- Fun / Delight Goals
- Emotional Goals
For those of you that have taken one of my annual goal setting workshops, you will notice that this process is very similar so far. The process of creating your goals for a year and creating your life vision are closely connected. When you create compelling goals for yourself, you are creating parts of your life vision.
Here is the question for today: Really, it is more of a task than a question. Take all of these goals, hopefully a long list of things, and put a timeline on each of them. How soon do you expect to complete each of your goals? 6 weeks, 6 months, 6 years, 20 years – whatever it is, write your estimated completion time next to each of your goals. Simple enough huh?
Till next time…Jack
“Once you choose hope, anything’s possible.” ~Christopher Reeve