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Habit 2-Begin With The End in MindThis is habit number two from Covey’s list of seven and something that definitely supports productivity. It works when you set long-term goals, and use visualization as a tool to develop it. Before you start anything, you have to have a clear picture of what it is you want and that means looking at the end result and working your way backward to the starting point to know what to do to get you there. When you work in this manner and mentally create what you want, it helps you to focus on relevant things.

I have seen the difference that this makes time and time again. I’ll share one example with you. A few years ago a colleague said that she needed my help to pull things together. She was all over the place, working on a number of different things, but had no idea of where she was going with some of them. I took her through a visualization session so that she could get clear on where she was going with her clients. We went into the detail about the purpose of the programs she wanted to create and the results she wanted from each of them. I also had her stop working on her first annual retreat to get clear about the end results. That session made all the difference.

Beginning with the end in mind had her look at exactly where she was going with the programs and events in her business. The outcomes allowed her to see where the gaps where in what she was contemplating as well as the things she had already been working on without making time to envision it all first. Looking at the end result helped her create her long term goals for each endeavor and map out the plan to get there. Stopping to look forward enabled her days to be more focused and kept her from her usual days of being all over the place and not knowing where she was going.


VisionIs“Vision is the art of seeing what is invisible to others.” ~ Jonathan Swift

This year is moving at the speed of light and I know that if you’ve watched it blow right on by, now you may be thinking that you could have gotten more done or having the “shoulda, coulda, woulda” conversation with yourself.  You’re looking at what didn’t get done and trying to figure out what to do before the end of the year so things aren’t left hanging, which leaves you determined to get things on track and not start next year in this same mode.

So what is vision? Vision is of course, your picture; what you see as it relates to anything that you want to bring to fruition.  Visioning is the starting point of your planning.  That’s where it all begins; it’s what leads to your plan to carry it all out.  Without it, the rubber can’t hit the road, and nothing comes to fruition.  Do you think about vision before you start to plan? If not, this might be one reason why the year has blown by without you being able to get any of your top goals accomplished. Missing that step will have you wandering aimlessly as you attempt to forge forward but instead, only find yourself spinning your wheels.

Before you do anything, you have to know where you want to go and have a crystal clear vision of what it is. Not having vision, or not having it be clear will stall your efforts every time. So, exactly what do you do if you don’t have that clear vision? Think about what you want, and with all of the details. What do you want to accomplish inside of your business?  What’s the best thing that you can imagine?  Don’t leave anything out and write down what you want things to look like. At this point, you’re visioning, so you aren’t focusing on the “how” or “who”, just on the “what”, and be specific so that the picture is really clear. Remember this is your vision, not anyone else’s, so you have to see beyond what others may see or even be projecting for you. You have to allow yourself to see what’s not there; what has yet to be. Your vision should be something that moves you, inspires you and something that will pull you forward.

Invest time in creating your crystal vision. You might be able to get the clarity for what you want in the matter of just a couple of hours, or you might need more time or even to contemplate things and come back to it a day or so later. It’s necessary to make the time to do this before you start trying to make it all happen. Once your vision is clear, it’s time to take the vision and create your road map to getting there with a solid plan.  Without vision, you have no foundation to pursue and bring what you want to life. Don’t make the mistake of missing this step. Make the time now to tighten things up for the final quarter of the year and to set things in motion for the coming year. Put your vision first!

 


First things first, you must have a clear vision before you can do anything else.  Without it, you’re stuck.  When your vision is clear everything starts rolling in the direction of what you want to create.  Everything is born out of your vision which is why it’ so important, and whether you realize it or not, it’s a crucial part of the planning process. Without clarity, you have no vision and without vision, there is no growth.

At times, you may not know just how to get clear, and at others it’s possible that you avoid getting clear because intuitively you know that once clarity comes the doors open and at some point you’re going to have to make a change.  Sometimes it’s confusion that keeps people from being clear.  It’s quite easy to become accustomed to the way things are and doing what you normally do or what you’re expected to do and to get stuck in that holding pattern, keeping yourself from moving forward.

When you take the steps to create your vision and to bring clarity to that vision, it sets you free.  Free to create whatever it is you conjure up; free to explore and bring your vision to life.  That freedom asks you to be brave and step out onto the skinny branches and into spaces that you haven’t ventured before. Let me just say that if what you conjure up isn’t asking you to do that, you need to go back to the drawing board and cook up something else.  If your vision doesn’t stretch you or even scare you, then it’s not big enough.  It’s stepping out onto the skinny branches, into that unfamiliar territory that will have you avoid clarity, because inside you know that you’re going to have to make a shift; that change has to come.  If you find yourself unable to get clear about your vision, you might just be avoiding that clarity.  Ask yourself why you can’t seem to get clear.  Is it because you simply don’t know how, or is it because you’re avoiding it?  Once you have the answer, go through the process to get clear.  Clarity brings about the change that is necessary.  Welcome and embrace the change.  With it comes tremendous growth, the pursuit of your vision, and ultimately realization of your dream.

If you find that you’re avoiding clarity, or if you’re not sure why you can’t gain the clarity or even create your vision, I invite you to join me for my Vision: 2013 event live in Detroit.  For the first time, I’m having an event that focuses solely on helping you create your vision.  Click here to find out how you can join me live, discover the power of clarity, get the clarity you need to move forward and have some fun creating your vision board for 2013, all for a very affordable price.

 

 


First things first, you must have a clear vision before you can do anything else.  Without it, you’re spinning your wheels.  That vision gives you clarity.  Your vision starts everything rolling in the direction of what you want to create and everything else is born out of your vision.  This is why it’s so important.  Visioning it’s a crucial part of the planning process.  Once you have it, you have the key to everything.

The next step is to create your goals.  Make them SMART (specific, measurable, achievable, relevant, time-bound).  Once you create your goals in written form, you can get to the written plan, which includes all of the details.  This is when you start to think of “how”, and “what”.  I cannot stress the importance of planning.  Some will say that it just takes too much time.  The truth about planning is that, yes, it takes some time, but for every minute you spend planning, you actually save yourself at least 4 minutes of your time.  So for those of you who might have thought that planning was a waste of time, or don’t like or want to do it, it’s time to give it up, roll up your sleeves and get your plan done.

How are you going to get there?  What milestones will you cross on your way to that major accomplishment?  What action steps are going to get you there?  Your plan is your road map.

As you create that plan, you have to prioritize those action steps, determine what items are top priority and the level of priority of all the other steps in the process.  Determine what resources you’ll need to carry things out—people, budget, tools–everything that you need.  Making the time to go through the planning process also helps you identify possible obstacles that you might encounter and determine how to deal with them should they arise.

These particular things—all the fine details, are what come into play once your vision is clear.  Many plans, unfortunately never get executed.  This happens with many solopreneurs because they’re challenged in making the transition from the planning phase to implementation.  If you see that implementation is going to be a challenge for you, part of your plan should be to have someone help you with implementation and include them in the planning process.  After all, what’s the point of creating the plan if you’re not going to execute it. Planning is a two fold, very necessary process that your business won’t survive without it.  If you challenged when it comes to planning or ready to breathe life back into what you’ve created, I invite you to take a look at P3, my Power Planning Package™.


Do you think about vision before you start to plan?  Before you do anything, you have to know where you want to go and have a very clear vision of that.  Now, when I say “vision”, of course, I mean picture, which translates into following a specific process to creating a picture in your mind of what you want, writing it down, translating it into a written plan, continuing to picture it in your mind, and developing it even further into specific action steps to carry it out.

Everything that I mentioned in that sentence might seem like a mouthful and may start the overwhelm conversation for you, let me stop you right there.  Overwhelm is simply a conversation.  It’s a conversation that you have with yourself.  There isn’t anything that you can’t accomplish if you take things step by step and persist.

When you create your vision, you’re using your own personal tools.  You’re using your mind and body to create thoughts and carry out actions to create and actualize your goals.  Believe me when I say that there is power in defining exactly what you want, declaring and committing to it, then taking steps to carry out the plan.  Clear vision leads to a clearly defined course of action.  This is what’s missing most of the time when it comes to business and usually why most people don’t get where they want to in business or in their personal lives.

Visioning is the starting point of your planning.  That’s where it all begins; it’s what leads to your plan to carry it all out.  Without it, the rubber can’t hit the road, and nothing comes to fruition. So, if you’re in a space where you haven’t created your vision and you’re ready to step out of it, what do you do?  Once again, it’s a step by step process.  Write down what you want things to look like; what do you want to accomplish inside of your business?  What’s the best thing that you can imagine for your business?  At this point, you’re visioning, so you aren’t focusing on the “how” or “who”, just on what you want to create, and be specific so that the picture is really clear.  For example, if you’re still working a regular job and running your business on the side, think about how long you want to continue to do that.  When are you going to step into your business full time?  How much money are you going to make?  Who are you serving?  Get real clear before you do anything else!

Without vision you’re spinning your wheels.  Vision gives you clarity of thinking and purpose.  It starts everything rolling in the direction of what you want to create.  Everything else is born out of your vision, which is why it’s so important; it’s a crucial part of your business.  Once you have it, you have the key to everything.

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