Many people who try to “make it” in business, never do. Why? Because they are scattered with no clear vision or road map to get where they want to be. Being scattered, is a symptom of procrastination. Procrastination is a defense mechanism to avoid the pain of failure. Doing what needs to be done is the cure to this vicious cycle.
It’s not just about business. This includes all nuances of life – health, spiritual, self-love, relationships, money, contributions and fun. If it’s true in one area, it’s most likely true across the board.
Have you ever really defined all these areas of your life? Are your dreams just thoughts that come and go? Do they come most often when you are feeling down or defeated?
It’s time to write a Vision Letter to your Self
According to those who practice the art of the vision letter, 80% of what they envision comes to be. That’s a good reason to give it a try if you’ve never done it before.
Writing a vision letter is something that will take time to do. Figuring out what you want to happen in your life, and visualizing yourself doing and feeling it happening, cannot be done in a haphazard manner.
Start by creating an outline for your Vision Letter
How do you see yourself physically? Do you want to have optimum health? Do you currently have a chronic condition that you have always believed is just the way it is – something you have to live with? Do you want to lose weight? Do you want to build muscle? Do you want to feel young again? Do you have a physical goal?
What does your spiritual life look like? Do you have a connection to your creator? Whether you are Christian, Jewish, Catholic, Islam, Buddhist or any other religion, do you participate in the renewing of your faith. Human beings are Spiritual in nature, and even if you do not have a formal religion that you subscribe to, wherever you gain strength, you need to reconnect. It could be as simple as reading a passage from your Bible, or meditating in a quiet place.
List the things you love and appreciate about yourself, and be grateful. Thank your Creator for giving you the gift of YOU. Do not operate in victimhood. Live a life of integrity.
How are your relationships with your family members? Each child, whether small or an adult, needs to have a connection with you. When was the last time you went to a movie, taken a walk, gone shopping, or ate at a restaurant with your child? How about your parents? Reconnecting with older folks not only makes their day, but you are giving them the gift of being needed and everyone wants to be needed.
Don’t forget about your spouse or significant other. If you haven’t been doing things together for a while, change that. Picture yourself on a date. How often do you date? You can renew a stale relationship by having a scheduled time to enjoy each other again – just as you did when you first met.
Next on your list should be your relationship with money. Do you feel you deserve it? Do you believe those who have money are greedy? Are you living a life of lack, or abundance? If it is lack and greed, you will never succeed in business. Being in business is about making money. Greed is about what you do with your money. Lack means you believe you will never have enough money. Both are toxic to financial success.
If you already have a business, write about what you have already achieved and how you felt about that. Write about what your business looks like in specific time periods. If you have more than one business, write about them separately.
Money is also about income and debt. What income do you see yourself having by specific dates. How much debt do you have and when do you see that being paid off. How does freedom feel to you at that time?
It is said by many that what you give, comes back to you tenfold. What causes do you feel strongly about and how do you see yourself helping that cause – financially, giving your time or talent? Do you see yourself getting involved in a community project, or volunteering to tutor young children?
Here’s where the dreams come out. See yourself on a vacation with your family or other loved one. Driving a cool car. Skydiving, windsailing, being a golf expert. Going to a concert or event. Starting a project like writing a book or painting a masterpiece. What will that look like for you? Be specific about what that is.
Writing the Vision Letter
Now it’s time to actually write the letter. Break everything down into time frames, and use specific dates. What will it look like in 1 year, 6 months, 90 days, 30 days, 1 week?
Use words like: “I can smell…” “I can see…” “I can feel…” “I can touch…”. Your intent is to elicit positive emotions that are so incredible they bring you to tears.
Write as though it has already happened. Include pictures in your letter – a picture of your dream car, dream kitchen, etc. Make it graphically pleasing.
Put your letter in a folder and read it often. The more often – the better. Take it with you wherever you go.
Record it being read BY YOU. Who is the one person you listen to everytime? YOU! Save it to MP3 or CD, and listen to it every morning when you take a walk, work out, or drive to your JOB.
After all… YOU deserve it!