VISION MASTERYIt wasn’t that long ago that I had a panicky feeling in the pit of my stomach.
I was wondering how the heck I was ever going to get clients, make money and pay back the debt I incurred taking so many courses and trainings.
The time and costs included marketing, website creation, monthly fees, business cards, a bit of advertising, networking… well you know the drill. And that didn’t include my valuable time and effort at home washing dishes, clothes, dusting and eating!
I thought I was doing a lot, but I was oblivious to why each day was such a struggle.
I was focused on achieving goals. I was obsessed with single minded intentions. I was lost in details and forgot the most significant principle, my internal drive and vision!
Let me explain.
Research has started surfacing that the current well-known principle of success is actually failing everyone. The original plan is failing 98% of people!
1. Decide what you want (and it’s usually external like money, house, car, career, relationship)
2. Develop a plan
3. Put the plan into action until you achieve what you wanted in point 1.
Dr. Alex Lloyd, who wrote “The Healing Codes” and recently “The Success Codes” writes that what top “success” companies have been trying to hide from you, is that their programs using the above blueprint are actually instilling “failure programming” and keeps you from pursuing success.
How is this 3 point plan a failure? Because even though it appears to be logical, it’s dependent on only one thing – willpower!
Willpower is not successful. What is successful is tapping into the un and subconscious belief that actually prevents you from succeeding.
Then one has to deprogram, reprogram and only then, develop a conscious blueprint to overlay and make the right decisions.
I’ve had a life long vision: to influence people to understand and become aware that when they are conscious (mindful) of what they think, they are in control of their life outcomes.
I’ve practiced this vision with my mom for decades. She used to say things like, “Oh if only it would stay dry for one more week so we can get the crops off, then I’ll be happy.” So she was a curmudgeon for the rest of the week worried if it would rain or not. Lately she says things like, “Well when you get as old as me, you won’t remember things either.”
I get wild with her. I ask her to stop saying those things. I wonder why she is so intent on forecasting doom.
Because she planned her life with daily and weekly goals living season to season on a farm, she’s in the habit of continuing in this manner. Living in a seniors home, she now plans on a meal to meal basis, which she can walk back from her room to the next snack.
Her attention is “why me” when she aches in pain from a fall two years ago (past) and “why aren’t my kids visiting me” (future) when she feels lonely. She’s the first to admit, however, she’s missing a compelling vision for the duration of her life.
The main issue was that my father passed a decade ago and she hadn’t decided what to do with the rest of her life. Instead, she mourned him the whole time.
Her immediate goals were being met, however, vision in this case, was completely missing. Compelling visions keep life interesting.
Set the larger vision and the smaller goals continue to lead to the whole.
Goals are just a way to further your vision and not an end in themselves.
If you keep this in mind, you won’t get stuck. In fact, the problem with just having goals is that if you set a goal, you actually focus on its completion and miss opportunities that come along which may be relevant to a bigger picture.
You already know from previous articles that what you focus on takes all your attention and energy. However, a vision is long term, purposeful, and allows openness to possibilities.
Goals also keep you in the past (you made a goal last year and still remind yourself of it) and in the future (you complete a goal and strive to decide what’s next).
The power is in the present.
Goals and strategies force you staying in the past and the future. They inhibit every one of us from living in the present.
So let’s envision first.
I discovered that if I tapped into the day itself, allow it to reflect back to me what was really going on and dig to find out what was actually preventing me from advancing, I became present and encouraged.
With a to-the-point, direct approach, you can find out for yourself exactly what keeps you from achieving more.
You could have a simple system to figure out what’s been going on with what you’ve been doing all these years, change it, and go on to make the next segment of your life absolutely resistance free and successful.
Here’s the next big clue to discovering your vision.
Become Really Aware of What Is Happening for You!
Once you become aware of your surroundings, you get the real clues as to what inspires you and what is creating success for you. You’ll also see what’s getting in your way.
When you become fully aware, you take full responsibility for your results, and you can find out what keeps you motivated and what scares you.
Today, notice everything. Notice how you act and react. Notice how others act and react. Notice everything!
Your vision comes out of this observation.
You must understand your true desires and not the ones you think other people will recognize and see in you.
What are your “true” wants?
Decide right now that you have a vision for yourself for your life. Then goals and details will support that vision.Great job today!