Tip # 4 - Clarify your Vision


Look into the future. Where do you want to be in 5 years, 10 years or 20 years? Look as far into the future as you can. What will it look like? Can you see it? Can you articulate it? Studies at Harvard University confirm that vision, seeing into the future or long-term thinking (paying the short-term pain for the greater gain) is the dominant criterion of success. What short-term pain would be willing to bear for the greater gain?

Now, look at your business. Where do you want it to be in 5 years, 10 years or twenty years? Be specific. What’s its volume? How many locations? What will be the size of the locations? How many employees? How involved will you be? Will you run it or have someone else do it? Make your vision as clear as possible.

Once it’s clarified in your mind, break your vision down into to small steps. Ask yourself, “What things will I have to do to bring my vision to fruition.” Write timelines and deadlines. By writing your vision clearly, it will create tension in your life. That tension will encourage you take action and bear the pain of short-term obstacles. You can do it, but you must first see it to believe. If you don’t believe you can do it, you won’t even try. Remember, there is no try, just do it!

Almost all world-class athletes, leaders and peak performers are visualizers. They see it; they feel it; they experience it before they actually do it. The mind sees no difference between a vividly imagined experience and an actual one. Visualization gives the mind fodder to be creative and propel it to make your vision a reality.

“The best way to predict the future is to create it.” (Peter Drucker)

Thanks for reading.

Sam Allman
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