Have a clear vision of the life you want:
I never had a thought about a vision for my life. Who does that? I got up in the morning and I went to work to make money for my family.
But then, as I started learning how to change my life and my habits, I realized something: people avoid creating a vision for their lives because they are in bad situations or working non-stop. Why make a vision when it’s impossible to accomplish those things anyway?
Everyone is the same: Until they’re not
As a goals and commitment coach: people I meet or know who are stuck and have that hopeless look in their eyes, there is an excuse for literally everything, all blame is external, those people don’t have a vision. In fact, many of them don’t even have long-term goals. This was painfully clear at my last conference in Las Vegas. 77% of the people never even write down their goals. What!?, how are you supposed to hit a target you can’t even see?
Write down your goals. Visualization starts with an idea and a crystal clear picture of what you want. Be specific. Your vision is essential to your success, not optional. You set the stage for your desired outcome based on how hard you’re willing to work and it starts with being able to clearly see yourself achieving your goal.
77% of people don't bother to write down their goals!? How do you attain what you cannot see? Start in the 23% by taking 1 hour to work out what you want.
If you aren’t living the life you want, how do you get back on track? How do you get clear on what you want? And how do you stay committed to it? Here are some steps that can help you get started: Motivation becomes stronger when you have a vision or an image of what you want to achieve. You may have the desire to get something done or to achieve a particular goal, but if the desire and ambition are not strong enough, you may lack the initiative and willingness to take the necessary action. A motivated person takes action and does what is needed to achieve their goals.
People who focus on the journey tend to be less critical of their failures. When you enjoy the process along the way, it’s easier to appreciate the end result — whether you consider it a “success” or “failure.” The next time you do experience failure, however, reframe it. Consider that you have just learned how not to do something, and then acknowledge yourself for what you’ve learned. Unless you have the perfect teacher that has already gone through all of these failures and stops you at each point along the way, we learn by doing. And the only people that can fail are the people putting forth the effort.
A vision board (also called a Dream Board or Creativity Collage) is typically a poster board on which you paste or collage images that represent what you truly want out of life. The idea behind this is that when you surround yourself with images of who you want to become, what you want to have, where you want to live, or even simply where you want to vacation, your life almost mysteriously changes to create or attract those images and desires. You can do this with a poster board at home, or create a Favorites folder, name it LIFE, and then go get every image that you want and bookmark that in the folder.
Act as if it has already happened
State your goals in the present tense like you have already achieved them. One of the most important elements of creation is the ability to see yourself already in possession of the materialistic or physical state you are creating, prior to actual evidence of such.
Take action. Don’t just visualize. For a plant to grow, it’s not enough to simply plant it and wait. You have your work to do too.
Find 5 people
You are the sum of the five people you hang around with the most. Find five people that share in your vision, mission and values. Then start communicating with them. We are out there and we want five people also, so stop being shy and get some help.
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