We have talked before about the importance of having a vision to draw us forward in life. Why is it then that so many people, including entrepreneurs, do not have a vision?
For many, trying to create a concrete and compelling vision is just overwhelming. Like anything else that I do, I find that taking it step by step helps it all to come together.
The first step in the visioning process is to clarify what part of your life you want to focus on. There are many possibilities on how narrow or broad this can be. For instance, you may want to look at where you are in your life now and where you want to be in 5 or 10 years. This could encompass work, health, relationships, finances and location. Or, you may be interested in focusing on only one of these aspects of your life.
For some, looking at their whole life vision is a bit overwhelming. They are not ready or simply cannot envision all of the aspects of their future life at this point in time. When struggling with an issue such as debt, poor health, or feeling unsafe, looking at the bigger, rosier picture can feel impossible. Instead of throwing the whole process out the window, choose to focus on one issue that is important to you and you feel will make the most difference.
If you are reading this, you are most likely a business person. Even if you decide to focus only on your business and not the personal aspects of your life, there can be a huge number of places in your business that you want to address. If this is still overwhelming, take some time to categorize the issues, and then decide which area will make the biggest impact on your business if you improve it, shift it, or grow it. It is OK to have a vision which focuses on a narrow aspect of your business. At least you can get started, work toward it, and make a change. Without the vision, who knows where you will be next year.
Pick an aspect of your life, imagine an exciting future for it, and write it down so that it can inspire you over and over again.