Kiss Average Good-bye-- Part Two
Crafting Your Vision
This is part two in a six-part series of articles about how to create a vision for your life.
In part one (LINK) I explained how, after meeting a mentor who diagnosed my reactive thinking, I changed my thinking approach to be more proactive. I did this by creating a vision for my life. With this vision in hand, I noticed my thoughts and feelings change—a little bit at first and more as time went on. With these new thoughts and feelings, my behavior began to change. I made decisions with more purpose than I had before, and people began to notice my new attitude. In turn, my results began to shift into alignment with my desires. I was self-motivated to make my vision a reality.
I am often asked, “What elements should I incorporate into my vision?”
In this article I will introduce three of the four core elements that I build into my vision.
We all have things that we value in our lives. Here are a few examples:
The best vision for inspiring a person includes his or her values.
I value family, contribution to other people’s lives, independence, and integrity.
What do you value?
We are all born with natural gifts, and we develop others over time. The following are a few examples:
Visions that incorporate your gifts are by far the most compelling. Your gifts are the foundation of your vision.
My gifts include intuition, communication, and humor.
What are your natural gifts? Don’t hold back here. You do have gifts.
3. Character Traits and Habits
To move your vision forward, you must develop certain character traits and habits, some of which you may already have. For example, I have formed the habit of getting up early before the rest of my family is awake. This allows me to start my day with a fresh cup of coffee and a good book that typically focuses on my area of study (sales, influence, platform building, etc.). Getting up early is a great habit to cultivate. Other advantageous habits include the following:
- Eating healthy
- Spending time with your family
- Making the hard-to-dial calls
- Returning the hard-to-reply-to emails
Building successful character traits and habits into your vision will go a long way toward enabling you to live your vision in real life.
I would love to hear your thoughts on these three elements, so please add them in the comments below. What are values, gifts, and character traits or habits that you feel can enable you to achieve your vision or goals?
In my next article I describe the fourth element that I have found to be of the highest importance in constructing a vision—purpose—and will tell you a personal story about how I found my purpose.