Do You Have a Clear Vision of the Future?
This is the question that separates the winners from the losers. Do YOU have a clear vision of the future? This question applies to companies, departments, teams and people. The best take creating their future very seriously and will take the time to create and design their future.
The Losers of the world live by the Law of Accident – which means they have no plan or vision for the future – they just wait for others to tell them what to do or worst, just take things as the occur no matter what the consequences! Unfortunately, this is where the vast majority of people hang their hats. They live to execute others’ plans and vision. What amazes me is that they have the time to complain about how they lack of success and how dull their lives have become.
What can you do to create your future?
There are three things that you can do. First, actually schedule some time to create your vision. This seems like a no-brainer, yet, people are not in the habit of scheduling time for thinking and creativity. Vacation planning gets more time that this critical step in your pathway to success. Take the time NOW.
Second, ask yourself critical questions like: What could the future look like for me (or my division, my company, my department.)? And let your imagination create the vision. What does success look like, sound like and feel like? Involve all your senses in this discovery of the future. What should my future be like? What is possible? What do I consider impossible – yet, what could be done to make it possible?
Remember that good questions trigger the thought process and take your thinking to the next level. At that moment, your vision begins to take on a clarity of it’s own. Go with the flow and capture your vision.
The third point is to write down the vision. Be as explicit and vivid as possible. Use all your senses and make certain that you use emotional and active words. Passive words do not work in making the future become a reality. Describe your vision in terms of seeing, hearing and feeling. This ensures that your sensory preferences are covered and your brain begins working on delivering your vision.
Finally, make action plans for creating your future. What will you need to learn? Who else needs to be involved to make it happen? What will it cost in terms of time, effort, and resources? What has to be done first, second, third, etc.? When will it be done, finished, accomplished, and accepted?
One of the key variables regarding the successful execution of your vision is DO YOU BELIEVE IT TO BE POSSIBLE? If you have any major doubts, then success is limited – by your own thoughts – no one else! Take the time to focus upon taking control of your thoughts, keep them positive and think in terms of how your vision is true. Then, take more action and actually create your own future.
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