“Visioning is a vivid description of what “success” looks and feels like for us—what we are able to achieve, and the effect it has on our staff.” ~ Ari Weinzweig
It’s Day 3 of the Money Mindset Challenge and we’re talking Visioning.
Today is dedicated to all of my sisters in business working to make the planet a better place each and every day.
Before I completely understood the true power of visioning I have to be honest, I thought it was a little woo-woo.
But that was years ago.
Fast forward to 2015 and I couldn’t live my life without it, nor would my life be so fruitful.
Let me ask you a question. Have you ever felt that getting results in your business is like trying to hit a moving target? No matter how hard you try you just can’t cross the finish line?
If that resonates with you, chances are it’s because you didn’t have a clear vision of what that finish line looked like.
Let me explain.
A vision is a picture of the success of a project at a particular time in the future.
(Beware: A vision is not a mission statement.)
A vision is the actual destination.
It’s a vivid description of what “success” looks and feels like for you—what you are able to achieve.
Coming up below I’m sharing an 8-step process for creative visions that you can use in your life and business to pour fuel on your passion and celebrate success more consistently.
Remember, you can use visioning for anything and everything in your life.
- How your daughter’s graduation party will look, (sparkles and all).
- That your bedroom makeover is now a sanctuary and makes you feel like a queen.
- That the next time you promote your signature program you’ll welcome 15 new members who are energetic and excited to work with you.
Are you getting excited about the possibilities?
Grab a piece of paper and let’s review the steps.
Step #1: Pick Your Topic
Choose something related to your business, such as email list growth, program development or a program that you plan to launch soon.
Step #2: Pick the Time Frame
All of the examples above could be within a 30-day timeframe.
The number of people you will add to your email list in 30 days.
The program you will develop in the next 30 days.
The program you will launch in the next 30 days.
Step 3: Quickly List Achievements
Think about the work you’re embarking on and quickly list past, positive achievements that seem related to it. Don’t spend more than ten minutes on this, you can always add more later. The idea is to create a base of positive energy on which you can build success. The more you put your energy into the positive, the more likely you are to attain greatness in the visions of the future you’re engaged in creating.
Step 4: Rules for Writing the Vision
Give yourself somewhere between 15 and 30 minutes to complete the first draft.
You can compose your vision in any style you like, but I want to emphasize the importance of putting the word “draft” on your document. There are a few rules to follow that really do work. They are…
A) Go for something great.
The work here is about writing visions of greatness—if we don’t describe something special in the first draft, it’s not likely to get more inspiring later. If the early draft isn’t kind of scaring you a bit, then you probably haven’t pushed yourself or let out your true desires.
B) Write from the heart.
A vision of greatness is about your passion and hopes for the future. If you’re the one writing it, it’s about what you believe in, what gets you excited. Even if it includes things that others have said you couldn’t or shouldn’t do.
C) Send yourself to the future.
This may sound silly, but write as if you’ve achieved your goal already. For example, if you’re writing a vision of a brand new program you will be promoting next month, you might start out with, “The launch ended yesterday and the results are outstanding. Not only did I enroll my original goal of 15 new members, I added 5 additional spots and filled those too. I successfully met my income projections and then some. I learned so much from going though the promotion process.”
Remember, the key here is to write as if your vision has already been accomplished.
D) Write very quickly.
In my experience, the visions that I’ve written quickly have turned out the best. So start writing. Don’t wait until the stars are perfectly aligned.
E) Use the “hot pen” technique.
Once you start writing, keep writing for 15 minutes regardless of what you’re saying or how silly or smart it might seem. Keep the pen or keys on the keyboard moving and don’t stop to self-edit. My own experience is that sometimes the most important/insightful elements of the vision are the ones that I almost didn’t write down.
F) Don’t be afraid to get personal.
Blend both personal and professional goals so that you arrive at one holistic vision or two visions (one personal and one for your business) that are compatible and mutually supportive. If you’re running the business it makes sense that you build your passions into what you write. If you want to teach, put that in the vision. Weave in what you want to do, what gets you excited and motivated?
Step 5: Write the First Draft of the Vision
With all of those rules in mind, put down a vision draft. Once you’ve followed the rules and written the draft, put it aside for several days. (Obviously if you have to get it done sooner, adjust the time frame appropriately.)
Step 6: Review and Redraft
Read the statement from start to finish. My experience is that 80 or 90 percent of what I put down in that first scary rendition is right on track, but I can still work on both the content and the language. As you read through it, keep in the back of your mind: Does it sound inspiring? Do you get more excited when you’re reading it? Note that in this context, “excited” does not preclude anxiety about how to actually implement it. For some of us, the two almost always go together!
How specific should you get in your writing? Very. Don’t just say, “I want to be wealthy,” give an actual salary number or savings amount. Use a sales number that’s meaningful rather than just saying, “I want high profits.” If it is a personal goal, say, “I’m spending two weeks traveling with my kids,” rather than, “I’m spending more time with my children.” If necessary you can have up to four redrafts, but that’s the most I’d recommend.
Step 7: Get Input from Advisors
This is when you ask people whose opinion you value to review the draft. The idea is to keep improving it and get clarity on what you mean and what it says. You can start by asking more supportive readers and then later move to more challenging ones. Remember, at this stage, most input can be helpful although you aren’t obligated to use everything that is offered up.
Step 8: Get Going!
It’s time to move forward and share the vision with everyone that will be involved in implementing it.
Take it from someone who came at this all with a fair degree of skepticism and uncertainty, and resisted doing it for many years—in the end, it’s worth the effort. It’s a way more inspiring way to do business and it’s a heck of a lot more fun.
Action Items For Day #3 of the Money Mindset Challenge
- Choose one “THINK BIG” visioning topic and go through the eight steps to create your first draft.
- In the Facebook Group post the topic of your vision and how it makes you feel when you read the completed draft.
Tomorrow we are talking about getting out of your comfort zone. No more hiding, laying low or waiting for the stars to align. Tomorrow you’re going to take a giant leap, along with all your sisters in business, out of your comfort zone and into your success zone! See you soon.
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