Getting Clear On Your Vision For Your Business+Life

by Annie

in ruthless productivity, visionary-ness

Perspective on Landscape Through Looking GlassWe talked about values in the last post — how your vision for your business+life must rest on and be informed by your personal foundational values if you want to reach true, ruthless productivity.

Today, we’re moving forward in the imperfect house-building analogy to the next step: the vision.

It’s both the foundation of your biz-building, and the architectural plans for that biz. (Imperfect analogies r us!)

And you have to be crystal clear on that vision if you want to succeed, pumpkin.

How Crystalline Clarity on Your Vision Helps You Produce Your Ideal Biz+Life

Now, I’m not saying you have to be married to every single detail in whatever vision you develop or else you’re doomed to a life of eternal whopper-sized failure, homelessness, addiction and eventual incarceration because you went postal and brought an AK-47 to the block party.

In fact, quite the opposite: a certain amount of flexibility is required.

But clarity on the vision does a few fab-tastic things for your ability to create that ideal business and life you’re imagining in your head:

  • It gives you access to the road map to achieving what you truly want: By reverse engineering the vision, you discover the specific steps you need to take to get there. Wherever “there” is for you. Bingo: instant treasure map. Arrrgh.
  • It keeps you motivated through the rough patches: Nothing will ever prevent all doubts, fears, resistance, etc. from tempting you away from the path to your dream. But when you’re super-clear on your vision, and refer back to it frequently, it helps keep you going over and through those obstacles. It’s like Ritalin for self-discipline.

Getting Clear On Your Vision

I’ve developed a worksheet and exercise to help clients craft their business+life vision narrative, which I’m happy to share with you. (Click here to download – PDF link.) It’s, like, War and Peace long — 17 pages — but that’s because it needs to be. When you’re creating your vision, you can’t skimp on the details. The details are what make it real for you. And the more real it becomes for you, the more powerful that vision is. (And the better your results.)

You can also create a vision board, if that helps. Christine Kane walks you through the process here. Vision boards are great for those of us who need to see it to get it. (But don’t just rely on that one sense. If you can make the vision multi-sensory, so real you can taste/touch/smell/hear/feel it as well as see it, you get there faster and less messily.)

Now, go forth and en-VISION, y’all. Get it done today if you can — then you can boogie on to the actual nails-n-hammer stuff tomorrow!

Which totally reminds me. Next post: turning vision into goals!

 

 

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Michelle Church October 23, 2011 at 8:30 pm

Very nice and definitely needed. I believe we get so caught up that we often need reminders to step back and make sure our vision is still clear and we are moving in the direction we intended in the first place. Great post and timely too!
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Annie October 24, 2011 at 2:22 pm

Gracias, amiga! Yep – this is an exercise I do every year (sometimes more often, if I feel like I’m getting off track or when things change significantly) for that very reason. It’s like “Am I still on the right road? Yes? Bitchin’! Movin’ ON!”

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CAELAN HUNTRESS October 24, 2011 at 2:04 pm

I really like your introduction, setting the scene for HOW to do this exercise. It helps to get your mind in a receptive place for doing something so big picture.

And I LOVE the captivating stories in this worksheet! Not war-and-peace long, but long enough to merit a dedicated afternoon. Can I share this?

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Annie October 24, 2011 at 2:21 pm

Thanks, Caelan! Share away, as much as you like. 🙂

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Alex mangini October 25, 2011 at 6:12 pm

I make sure I know what I want to do each day before I wake up, and make sure I don’t go back to bed at night without doing it.

It helps me get pumped up for my day, as I love the work I do and the business I’m in. Plus, thinking about what all the small tasks I do throughout the day will eventually lead into (business wise) is just exciting beyond belief to me. 😀
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Annie October 26, 2011 at 10:32 am

You are clearly doin’ it right. 😀

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