Think back to the moment you decided to go into business for yourself. How did you feel? Excited? Nervous? A little of both? Did you have a creative outburst and pour your heart and soul into your business from the beginning? As time goes by, and excitement makes way for routine, a vision plan will help you recapture the passion that got you started in the first place.
Clarify Your Vision
Create a clear image of exactly what you want to achieve. This isn’t something esoteric. Simply imagine a tangible target and write it down. Your vision may be a financial goal, a personal acquisition, business expansion, or anything else your heart desires. It’s about you and your loved ones.
Contribute time and effort everyday to achieving your vision. A large challenge is more easily digested when you chop it up into little bite size morsels. Now that you’ve got something well defined to aim for, start taking the appropriate steps to reach your goal. Think of your vision like the rocky peak of a sky-high mountain. Would you try to climb to the top in one day? One year? Your milestones are your checkpoints as you scale your way to the summit. After you’ve written down your milestones, your vision plan starts to come into focus. What before had only form, has now taken on structure.
Your vision plan is about personal inspiration, it’s not a business report. Look to pictures or evensongs for inspiration. Let your vision be pragmatic but also strive to feel your vision in the emotional centers of your brain. A clear vision should tug at your core, driving you forward with resolve. Harness that determination and fill in the gaps between the milestones you’ve set. Chop up your plan into monthly mini-goals and then further into daily and weekly action items. If you feel a part of your daily schedule is interfering with realizing your vision plan, cut it out. Look for fresh ways to become more efficient in reaching your milestones. Make a commitment to yourself and begin to effect changes in your daily life to make your vision a reality.
Use Your Vision Plan
Let your vision plan be your map in the territory of accomplishment and consult it everyday. If you were a pirate hunting buried treasure, would you look at your map one time and then discard it, hoping for the best? Don’t make the mistake of tossing your vision plan into a cluttered desk in your drawer and then neglecting it.
Roadblocks are inevitable on any road to success. You’ll experience feelings of fatigue and disheartenment. Keep in mind that anything worth doing doesn’t come easily. Your vision plan should be your ally and your muse. It should also be somewhat demanding. If you’re not feeling motivated, consult your map and remember the commitment you made to yourself and your plan. Don’t let your vision plan down. After all, it’s a reflection of your dreams and ideals.
Making a personal vision plan is not just a fun way to systemize your thoughts. It’s a powerful inspirational and organizational tool that pushes you face first toward success. It reminds you of why you became an entrepreneur and keeps your passion burning like a never-ending candle. Get started on your vision plan today and don’t look back.