Small Changes make a big difference – visioning
According to Rob Yeung visioning is the skill of creating the right kind of vision one that encompasses what we want from our whole lives and not just our careers. By doing so, we can ensure that we not only achieve our future goals and the rewards that go with it, but also enjoy the lives we live in the meantime.
One of the first exercises we are asked to perform in the bootcamps I have been doing for my business is to work out our well formed income and then to work out our ideal day. This ensures that the visions we have for success encompass all aspects of our life. There is a great example Rob Yeung gives of a very successful businessman that has achieved everything he wanted in business but to the detriment of actually having a life. Unfortunately when he created his vision it was one dimensional on career only. Nothing about relationships or the type of life he would lead.
Many companies have visions and it has been proofed through research that entrepreneurs and CEOs who have a vision help their companies grow significantly. Examples of visions are WWF “We seek to save a planet, a world of life” or Nokia’s which was ‘A world where everyone can be connected’
Lots of people have visions too, but they do not necessarily talk about them however exceptional people do talk of having a vision of the career, life and legacy they would like to carve out and of the quests and goals that make them leap out of bed in the mornings.
My vision is my why for doing business, I want to be able to help people with time and finances, travel, be with my husband and the big desire is to be able to gift an ambulance crew and all maintenance costs to our local ambulance service. My vision is to be able to enjoy life on my own terms and spend time helping charities with their needs not ever having to worry about where the finances for life are coming from.
Research tells us that even the mere act of imagining something can make it more likely to happen, which is why it is a very good idea not to imagine bad things happening. However high achievers decide what they want and work towards shaping their future.
Having a picture of our desired future can be a formidable force when it comes to our lives as shown by this experiment.
One team of experimental psychologists invited volunteers to take a test that involved them solving anagrams in a set amount of time. Immediately before taking the anagram test, half the participants were urged to imagine that they had failed the test and to explain why they might fail. The other half of the group were asked to imagine they had succeeded on the test and also to explain why they might succeed. Those who had imagined success actually did better on the test than those who had imagined failure. Their mental expectations and explanations had a tangible effect on their performance.
Once we have identified what is important to us we help ourselves to make better decisions and avoid veering off course. Once we have made the decision then opportunities to get to our vision will present themselves. A vision should act as a compass leading us in the right direction. Having spelt out a vision, we can quickly identify whether any given opportunity would make us thrive or suffer. Having a clear vision allows us to make sure the goals we have set are the right ones to have, not just because people expect it of us.
The clearer you are about what you want in life the more likely you are to get it. People with a vision have a clarity and sense of purpose that helps them stay on the course.
A great example of a way to have a rounded vision is that of entrepreneur Julian Ranger. Julian like most high achievers is a rich man. What Julian does is he has four major categories of goals: relationships, learning, experiences, and achievement with an overarching goal of order.
To Julian ‘order is having a clear idea of what my vision is, what I want to achieve, the projects and tasks I need to do to achieve those things so things get done and don’t get forgotten and to help stop me procrastinating. Without thinking about what you want you will never achieve what you want to do’
His first category of goals is about the relationships in his life. He argues that people who are driven have a tendency towards selfishness. Having a category that is to do with his family first and friends second reminds him to make time for them.
Learning is another key category. He argues that a major part of being a flourishing leader or entrepreneur is having a learning disposition, accepting that you always have new topics and ideas to learn.
For me that is reading everyday, working my way through the training materials my company has put out to teach me how to market, doing the bootcamp I am doing, and masterminding with other like-minded business people.
Julian’s third category is experiences which he defines as a range of activities that make him feel alive. Things like sport, holidays, walking , theatre and photography and in my case board-gaming or role-playing come into this category.
His fourth category is about achievement. For the most part this is business achievements, but also includes work for charities and other career or money based achievements.
So how well does his holistic vision, his set of goals, work for him?
‘We’re all driven people. If you give me the chance, I will happily spend hours on one thing but to the detriment of everything else I want to achieve. Having the system allows me to achieve my goals. It stops me from being sucked away to one goal’ he explains.
And to bring it all together Julian reviews his goals and vision weekly, reminding himself of his priorities and making sensible trade-offs.
One of the things Rob Yeung does throughout the book is give you chances to Become your best so I am going to pull this one directly from the book
Creating a Balanced Vision
Time to take an honest look at how you run your life – or is it your life that runs you? Project yourself into the distant future. Imagine that everything has gone as well as it possibly could. You have succeeded at accomplishing all of your life goals. Now write about what you life is like.
Remember that the point of a balanced vision is to ensure that you give sufficient weight to the different facets of a life that will make you feel fulfilled and successful. Here are some thoughts as to categories or components that you may wish to integrate into your vision:
- Your Physical life
- Your Relationships – Don’t forget about the quality and quantity of your social relationships and your loved ones
- Future career and work achievements – What financial , business, or career ambitions would you like to realise? Remember your job is merely one aspect of your life.
- Future legacy and social achievements – Consider what you would like to leave your family, the wider community, or even the planet once you’re gone
- The Present – Enjoy the present. Make time to do activities you enjoy.
- Personal Values – think about how your vision falls into your personal values, what kind of person you crave to be every day.
Remember this is your vision, your personal definition of prosperity and a life well lived so feel free to add further elements to complete your vision to what you feel is right.
Visioning is about using the balanced vision as a tool, a way to keep us motivated. Write your vision down and put it somewhere where you will see it, refer to it, and use it to remind yourself of what’s important and what’s not.
A well constructed, balanced vision should be motivating and make us want to take action, or at least smile. It should feel truly exciting, stretching us and encouraging us, rather than being a mere collection of goals. But do remember that a vision is not set in stone. Our visions change as our lives change too. So just keep reviewing your vision to make sure it is keeping up with your personal development. When we have a balanced vision we can be focused and clear on our goals. We can decide what we want in the future and also what we want today. We can be a success everyday.
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