Picturing the perfect putt completed… before it happens. Athletes do this because they are much more likely to achieve a goal if they envision it happening.
The same is true for women business professionals. Having a vision is extraordinarily effective at helping us achieve our goals. It works for short-term events, such as a business meeting or presentation, as well as for long term planning. Lasting achievement belongs to those who create a vision and take action to make their vision a reality.
Creating an energizing vision can bring vitality and excitement into your daily life. A vision helps us put meaning into our actions. If you feel as though what you are doing has very little to do with who you are and what you are becoming, a vision can help you weed out the activities that hold you back.
Here are the keys to creating an effective vision:
Keep it powerful
Use impactful, descriptive language that captures where you want to be. The more compelling and achievable your vision is, the more motivated you’ll be to make it a reality.
Keep it positive
It should provide a view of a future that is better than today’s reality. It should appeal to the heart and mind.
Time stamp it
Choose a time in the future, either short-term, such as three to six months down the road, or long-term, such as five to ten years in the future. Write your vision and begin with the words “On (insert specific date), I am….” Write it as if you are making everything you want, happen.
So, open up a Word doc or grab a notepad, and start writing your vision. You know, the one you drafted at the first session of the Women’s Leadership ProgramJ Use it to power you to achieve your dreams!
Written by Michelle Wall
Area Manager, Dale Carnegie Business Group & Eide Bailly
Certified Dale Carnegie Business Coach who works with organizations, teams, and individuals to boost performance, implement change, and develop and implement strategy.