A dream is a wish; a vision is the looking. In other words, a vision is more believable, intentional and structured in assisting us to reach our goals. When building our vision, we must initially know where we want to go - this is the first stage of the formula of success. The formula to success becomes easier when its broken down into steps, then when these are pieced together you have a plan of action to follow. Like anything, once you complete the first step, the second, the third, the next steps come naturally and effortlessly.
Here are 5 ways to help you achieve your vision:
1. Own your vision
If you’re going to be successful – you must first have a vision. This vision must be the thing you want to achieve and you must be able to visualise yourself reaching success. Visualisation is a technique in creating what you want from life using the power of imagination. I always use the Jim Carrey success story, for many years he would drive down Mulholland Drive to see the big houses and the entire city of LA to visualise what his life could be like if he could reach his dream of being a global actor. Carrey’s vision gave him the goals to empower his career. You must visualise it, believe it and breath it to be successful.
2. Make you unstoppable
To make you unstoppable you must build your mind-set. The mind is the most powerful tool you possess and can be your biggest strength or weakness depending on how you use it. The first aspect is to realise the only thing holding you back is your ego – the ego is that inner voice you hear saying you can’t do it. If you’re to be successful, you must quieten that voice and encourage it to pass on thoughts to your human part of the brain. The only way to control your mind is to set it free and using this technique will help you be unstoppable.
You are wherever you are, right now, reading this.
Please re-read it, and it could be combined with a feeling that you’re feeling more calm, relaxed and at peace.
Please keep re-reading the line, focusing your awareness on each word, letter and space when re-reading it. Now you should notice that you’re breathing more slowly and your heart rate has slowed as you deepen your feelings of peace and experience. This is called Mind Choice by David Taylor.
3. Be clear about what you want
To be clear about your vision, you must set goals to encourage you to go out and achieve them. There are four ways of assisting you with this one. Firstly, make the goals SMART (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic and Time based), this will ensure that you create goals that can be achieved by a set-time, while ensuring it is realistic to your current lifestyle. Next, prioritise the goals. This will ensure that you understand the importance of each one and the order in which they happen, as affects the outcome. Once goals have been set and prioritised, you must set key milestones in order to increase your confidence along the long path once you achieve each one. It will also help with dealing with failures as if you do fail at any time, you will be able to see where you have been successful and why. Finally, you must monitor your progress as this relates to your goals being measurable - the more you can measure the better. Monitoring progress will help reach the milestones and take the steps on the roadmap to reaching your goals.
4. Build a Roadmap
You must build the path to get to your empire. Building a roadmap will give your vision, your mind and goals direction and allow them to happen. When building a road map, you must ensure it is done through small steps, encouraging flexibility and an open mind to obstacles, distractions and hurdles that will arise. My biggest tip is map out key milestones to ensure you keep focused to the next checkpoint. If you take small steps and map out milestones you will always be able to take steps back if failure hits. Obstacles and failures are inevitable if your mid set see’s them in that way, programme your mind to see them as a learning curve – just remember to keep going towards your end vision, because like maps of the world there’s more than one way of getting to your destination.
5. Opportunities don’t happen, you create them.
Action is everything in your life. Many have grown up with everything handed to them on a plate, when in fact now you’re are an adult the only way of survival is to act. When I was in a leadership role at 21, people often said I was lucky to have got that job but what they didn’t see was everything I done to get that job. Firstly, the people that said that - I can guarantee I outworked them. I worked harder in terms of output, time and consistency as nothing would stop me reaching my goal. I made sacrifices I often missed nights out with friends and cut back the amount of hours I slept to ensure I had every opportunity of being successful. Finally, I was prepared to fail – failure has never frightened me because I know where I want to be. By understanding this you instantly realise that where you are now is not where you want to be and by following all five steps it can be achieved.
In summary, everything I have done has been intentional and structured to reach my vision. That job was part of my roadmap – if you want further motivation to do the same, say this famous Tony Gaskins quote “If you don’t build your dream someone will hire you to help build theirs”.