Why You Need A Vision
“Where There Is No Vision, the People Perish” Proverbs 29:18 “The indispensable first step to getting the things you want out of life is this: decide what you want” – Jack Canfield, “The Success Principles” – pg 25 attributed to Ben Stein, actor and author.
It is a tragedy of our society that the gym parking lot is full on January 2nd and empty by Jan 30, or perhaps much sooner. Why? Simple! People do not have a vision for their life. It’s easy enough to know what we don’t want, but much harder to clearly elucidate what we do want. People spend way too much time focused on negativity, lack and limitation rather than abundance and prosperity. Imagine setting sail across the pacific Ocean without a clearly defined destination (the vision) a chart (the plan) and a compass (or GPS these days).
It is simple. As human beings our general tendency is to move away from pain and toward pleasure. Witness someone burning their hand on a hot surface. They move pretty quickly away from the pain. However goals fall into a different category. Let’s say you are 100 lbs. overweight, not an uncommon condition in America. But are you in pain? No! At least not yet. You may huff and puff and struggle to climb stairs and be acutely aware of the health implication but, and here is the big butt (pardon the pun) the pain is not acute yet. So convincing yourself to stay on a course of action to lose that weight takes another level of input. It takes a vision!
What is a vision? It is a concrete picture of what life will be like when you have achieved the desired result. Notice I said result and not goal. Why? A goal by itself again has no momentum. The thing that creates the momentum is the vision. Often called your “why” it is, in my opinion, much bigger than “why”. It is what or who you wish to become. You want to lose the weight because you have a vision of a healthy you, running with the grandchildren, playing ball with your son, loving your spouse, maintaining an active lifestyle and with all that extra weight, you cannot do those things anymore. That is a vision. Without the vision, the goals become mere words on paper.
For a goal to be effective it must contain these three elements:
- Realistically Achievable
- Absolutely Believable
- Simply Measurable
Let’s look at these three elements
A goal must stretch your imagination but not break it. For example, if I say I am going to lose 100 lbs. next week that is simply not a realistic goal (unless I intend to approach it with a chain saw). However a goal to achieve my ideal weight of 150 pounds in 6 months has a ring of authenticity to it assuming the amount of weight I need to lose is a reasonable number, say 50 lbs. in 6 months. Now that is believable.
If you don’t really believe with all your heart and soul that your goal is achievable, you will give up way too soon. One function of our ego is to protect us from our self. If you give it an unrealistic goal, it will simply tell you that’s not possible and you won’t be motivated to even try. For example, losing 100 lbs. in a week or even a month is probably not realistic and will be rejected by your rational mind. You won’t believe it is possible so you will not pursue it vigorously. The result is you will give up way too soon.
How do I know if I succeeded (or failed)? I measure it. If I say my goal is to be at my ideal weight of 150 lbs. by June 1, it is simple. On June 1 I stand on a scale. Anyone can make the measurement and ascertain the result. Simple!
There you have it. If my vision for my future self includes going to the gym more often, how often is more often? Hey I went yesterday so am I done? Hardly! What about a financial goal to save money? Hey I saved a dollar, is that enough? You get the drift. The path to success must be unrelenting along with a vision and a goal that is, realistic, achievable and believable for your ego to accept it, your brain to wrap itself around it and your body to achieve it.
Now all you need is a plan of attack. For example, I will achieve my ideal weight of 150 lbs. by going to the gym 3 times per week, eating salad for lunch and drinking two less beers every night. Now that is a goal with a plan that can be believed and achieved.
Write It Down
And oh, by the way, written visions, goals and plans are far easier to achieve than the ones you carry around in your head, so write it down! It is not a matter of memory. That is your ego talking! It has been shown over and over again that goals in writing have a 505 HIGHER chance to succeed than goals that are not written down. So write it down! It is programming the vision into your subconscious mind and making it a reality. So write it down! For reasons unknown to me, the written vision and goals carry far more authority than the unwritten ones. So in summary, get out a piece of paper right now and write it down! Did I say write it down?
Your 2019 Vision Challenge
As discussed in a previous post, The first step to building wealth, financial freedom, and independence is taking 100% responsibility for you and your financial future. The second step is building a vision of what you want your future to look like. The third step is building belief in that vision. If you struggle with building a vision and need some help, you might want to check out my “Double Dog Dare 2019 Vision Challenge and Workshop” During this free vision challenge I will help you to build your vision for 2019. We will look at our core values and our limiting beliefs. We will develop a life purpose or mission statement. Finally we will build belief in ourselves so that we have an absolute, iron clad, belief that our vision is achievable for us. Join me for the free Double Dog Dare 2019 Vision Challenge starting Nov 1.
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