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Do you ever wonder how the world’s biggest entrepreneurs, successful people like Richard Branson and Bill Gates, manage to achieve so much in their lives? The answer doesn’t always lie with their skills, it’s their vision that’s key to success.
Having a clear vision is vital in pursuing your dreams and achieving your goals. Without it, a goal is nothing more than a wish and how often do wishes come true? You need vision to drive you and give you a clear purpose. It will help you to overcome obstacles and tackle challenges head on.
Building a vision is simple but so important. Don’t be afraid to plan big. Shutting your ambitions down before you have even begun is limiting your potential. Here’s what you need to do:
1. Know what you want
Sit down and think about what you want to achieve in the next year, five years and even in your life. Use a spider diagram so you can see everything on one page.
Goals could include reaching a certain level in your career, earning a high salary, buying a house, owning a particular car, or travelling to exotic places to name a few.
2. Know who you want to be
Getting what you want isn’t the only thing that will make you happy. Becoming the person that you want to be is also key to success and happiness. Think about your values and your ideal personal brand.
3. Decide where you want to be in a certain number of years
By placing time constraints on your vision and goals, you’ll be able to motivate and inspire yourself to achieve them sooner. It’s also a good way for you to measure your success and feel like you are regularly achieving things.
4. Picture that future life
Now you should have a good idea of how you want your future life and self to be, so keep that in mind. You can either mentally re-visit your vision, or create a vision board and place that somewhere in your home where you will see it everyday.
5. Don’t lose sight of it
Your vision will keep you focused on what you want and motivated to achieve it. Your future can be better, happier, more successful and more productive. However, to reach this great future the changes have to start today and your vision will help you to begin making them, this is why vision is key to success.
Vision is not only essential to making your life a success. If you are or want to be a strong leader, vision is vital. Leaders need to be able to look to the future, envision growth and improvement and then focus on what needs to be done today to get there. For truly successful leaders, a vision is not a dream of the future, but a reality that has not happened yet.
A business without vision is going nowhere. Leaders need to use their vision to inspire their team and get everyone working toward the same goals. Others need to believe it and they need to invest in it and that starts with you.
With a vision in place, you are ready to start achieving your goals and working your way to success. It won’t happen overnight, but if you can keep your vision in mind you will be able to make it happen.