You may be thinking – who has time for a vision – my vision is to get through the day and get most of my tasks done. Or, I was reading holiday letters from friends, how did they possibly find time to do all of that?
And yet, here we are at the beginning of a new year, the time to consider what you want to invest your time and energy into. If you could transport yourself to the end of 2012 and write the end of year success story, you had a great year and accomplished more than you had dreamed – what would that look like for you?
“You’re in the midst of a war: a battle between the limits of a crowd seeking the surrender of your dreams, and the power of your true vision to create and contribute. It is a fight between those who will tell you what you cannot do, and that part of you that knows / and has always known / that we are more than our environment; and that a dream, backed by an unrelenting will to attain it, is truly a reality with an imminent arrival.” Tony Robbins
The Innovative Leadership Fieldbook, provides an extensive process to create your person vision. It is important to cultivate a sense of clarity about your overall vision which can also be summarized as your direction and aspirations. Simply put, your vision and aspirations help you to decide where best to invest your time and energy. Clarifying your personal vision and aspirations helps you define a manner of contributing to the world that authentically honors who you are. Your vision and aspirations further help you clarify what you want to accomplish over time. This can be any time span that resonates especially for you, whether in the short-term—as in one to five years—or perhaps a longer time-horizon, such as the span of your lifetime. Knowing your vision and values ensures that you are precise about your goals and can better align your behavior to your aspirations.
In addition to creating a well-defined vision, it is also important to be clear about your motivation. It is the combination of vision and desire that will enable you to optimize your potential. Without sufficient desire combined with solid vision and understanding of your current capabilities, you are likely to struggle when progress becomes difficult.
- What one thing could you invest your energy in that would make you say at the end of the year – this was an amazing year?
- How would you life be different at the end of the year than it is today?
- Who needs to be involved now to support your success?
- Is there anything you need to stop doing to ensure your success?
- How will you maintain life balance and accomplish this goal (sleeping, working out, etc.)?
- How will you know if you have been successful – what will you measure?
I was talking to a client today about her goals for 2012. She is a very accomplished journalist who has dreamed of writing books. She has a very successful career and yet, this is the one goal she has not prioritized above all of the other life challenges. Today, she committed to writing a book and getting it published in two years. This means she set interim deadlines of outline due date, contacting an agent, etc. By the end of 2013, you may be reading her first book. She is a person who, once she sets something as a goal will get it done and we will discuss her progress on an ongoing basis. In addition to setting her goal, we talked about what she is doing that gets in the way of writing. She agreed to spend less time focused on house hunting (x hours per month). While her current location is not optimal for her, she agreed that this takes away from her primary focus. I hope to report next year that she has a contract with a publisher for her first novel.
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