Updated: May 27, 2021
“To begin with the end in mind means to start with a clear understanding of your destination. It means to know where you are going so that you better understand where you are now and so that the steps you take are always in the right direction.” Stephen Covey
If you have read any of my prior posts, had a conversation with me, or heard me speak, you understand that I am a proponent of intentional applied efforts towards desired outcomes.
Why? Because, nothing just happens; SUCCESS in any area of our lives is intentional. Let's talk!
The Power of a Vision Plan
A vision plan is a visual contemplated blueprint that identifies what is important to you. It clearly outlines the purpose for each of your life accounts, and the actions you will take to bring them into fruition. A vision plan can assist you in taking control of your life, thus living a more purposeful and fulfilled life.
“The unlimited possibilities of our future is predicated upon what we NOW envision them to be," and "the actions therefore intentionally executed upon to bring them into fruition” Unknown/Jo Mayo
How to Turn Your Desires into a Viable Action Plan
Envision what you want your life to look like.
Explore your life accounts and determine your top priority area(s). Identify 1 to 2 priority areas of which to focus. Once you have successfully completed your initial priority(s), you can move on to create goals for any other remaining top area(s). "Write the vision and make it plain."
It is not enough to have a vision(s), but it is vital to get them written down, so that you have a tangible visual to run towards. Also, writing your goals down creates visual stimulation, which keeps you focused upon what is important and your desired outcome(s).
Create effective SMART goals that are: (a) specific - clearly define what you would like to accomplish; (b) measurable - aligning tangible goals with the required applicable level of discipline; (c) attainable - goals should stretch you, yet are achievable, (d) realistic - should reflect your expected outcome; and (4) time-bound - goals should demonstrate a sense of urgency, thus having a beginning and ending date. Run after it!
Take action. Nothing just happens! Execute the plan: A plan without action is just a plan. Put your running shoes on! Live the vision! Walk out the plan. Stay on course. If you work the plan, the plan will work! Get Busy!