I am huge believer in having a clear vision of where you are headed…which also happens to be one of the key factors in living life proactively rather than reactively. This concept can be applied to organizations, departments, individuals, couples, even families. Documenting a clear vision then creating a precise strategy to achieve that vision begins to turbocharge whatever this process is applied to.
Generally speaking, people do not typically write out their visualizations; if they do, the focus is often on the short term and financial success. For years, I have taught about the power of visualization, and my thinking has evolved on how to best assist people in creating great, achievable visualizations.
Here are three steps to consider when developing your visualization:
- Timeframes. Many people set a single, three-year date for a visualization. I usually ask if any significant milestones are coming up, and if so, what are the dates? From here, it may be appropriate to set a six-month visualization, especially if you are in a transition period or in the middle of a big project. Additionally, I utilize multiple points for visualization. For example, I am currently in the process of launching a new program that will bring on more coaches; as a result, I am creating six-month, one-year, and five-year visualizations.
- Areas of focus. People often feel overwhelmed when trying to narrow down their specific area of focus. To help with this, I recommend breaking it down into smaller chunks. For businesses, I suggest each department write out a visualization of what great looks like for their area of focus within the set timeframe. For individuals and couples, I encourage them to utilize The Life Balance Wheel, a tool that directs them to write out what amazing looks like in the following four quadrants: Resources, Relationships, Health, and Professional. This tends to simplify the process and allows people to better focus on these four particular life areas.
- Recruiting others. Coming together as a team, couple, or family by sharing the visualization with one another allows for each person to see what the other is thinking. A common bond and better accountability are typical results of this step.
Some people like to use bullet points, while others prefer to write a narrative – it is your call on whatever works for you. The reality is the simple process of writing it out becomes a forcing device for you to create clarity…and this clarity will empower you to make it happen. I cannot stress enough how crucial this is in achieving your dreams.
Do you have a visualization of your success? Do you need help with creating one? Reach out to Kris today to find out how to get started!