Creating your Vision
Many people who search for success lack a couple things that are very important. I want to cover them over them over the next couple of days with you.
The first one I want to cover is your lack of vision. The Bible says that with the lack of vision the people perish!' Proverbs 29:18. This is so true. Of course we are not going to be talking about getting your glasses checked or check to see if you need glasses. Well In away maybe that is not such a bad analogy to use either. I remember when I first needed glasses I didn't even realize how bad my vision really was until after I put my new glasses on and went outside. I noticed everything in a clearer detail than I had in a long time.
I never even knew what I was missing. While driving home I noticed individual rocks in the gravel along the side of the road instead of just noticing the gravel. Instead of just noticing the trees had leaves I noticed the patterns of the leaves and even the birds that were in the trees.
I was now seeing things I didn't even notice I was missing before my new glasses.
Maybe that is part of your problem. You really have no vision or your vision is not focused or as clear as it should be. Without vision, your business won’t succeed.
I think our description of the word vision shall be, "Being able to “see” a "clear picture" of your fulfilled goals in your mind. Not just seeing the gravel or the trees but able to see the finer details that make up the gravel and the trees.
I also love flying in a jet way up above the world we live in. It gives the world we live in a whole new look. When you’re looking at the world from 20,000 or 30,000 feet up in the air you see a whole new vision in your mind. The higher up you go the larger the picture is you can see of the world. No longer is your focus just on your little part of the world and the problems you faced in your life. You are able to see outside of what you face every day and you can begin to imagine something bigger in your mind.
Once I get started on a puzzle with my children I tend to enjoy putting them together and having a clear vision is kind of like starting a puzzle. If all you had was a bunch of pieces and you did not ever know what the picture was supposed to look like after you completed it, how difficult would it be in putting the puzzle together? I know I would quit before I got very far due to frustration of not knowing what I was working towards and what it was supposed to look like when it was finished. Our vision is like the box cover of the puzzle. It helps us begin with the end in mind.
Almost every success in my life has come AFTER having a vision for it. For example, when I first began working towards the launch of Lay Off Your Boss I really had no clear vision in mind. I just knew I wanted money. We set a goal of just making a few thousand dollars to help me out of the troubles I was in at the moment. I did have a vision but it was targeted way to low. I could just see a few bills getting caught up at the time when I started.
A friend of mine Harris Fellman asked what I was shooting for with my launch and I told him if I could make $10,000 I would be happy but wasn't really expecting even that. He looked at me and told me that was way too low. He asked me how much I made in a normal years salary at the job I had before. When I told him, he told me to go back to my coach and tell him I wanted to make that much money during the launch and watch what my coaches’ reaction was and then listen to what he said back to me.
Harris told me something like if I was to set my target too low, I may hit it, but that there is almost no chance that I would ever exceed what I was aiming for. I remember laughing at that point and giving him this crazy figure that was way above what I ever made and He told me to be careful, because if you set your target too high, you may fail at reaching that target. He followed that up with but at least I would be a lot further along than the “low” target I was setting for myself.
Deciding it was indeed a better picture in my mind with the higher vision I decided to tell my coach the new figures I was working towards.
When I told my coach he was like, "Are you crazy?" "Do you realize what kind of work has to be done for a launch of that size, and are you ready to do the work it takes?" Of course I told him I didn't have a clue as I didn't even know how to make a single dollar online yet. I also asked if it was possible because in my mind I was seeing bills paid off now instead of just caught up. I was seeing the life I lived a whole lot more pleasurable to live.
When he said of course it is possible I told him that is what I wanted to work towards and we did. We ended up with a launch of over $100,000 like I shared with you before. Of course it took a lot of work to make it happen but the work seemed worthwhile because I had a clear picture in my mind of what life was going to be like when I made that happen.
Any successful business owners that I’ve known ALL have vision.
Many people have had a vision that they could focus on and then lost sight of that vision. If you lose sight of your vision, you begin to lose hope that you once had. I have lost hope before and let me tell you from experience that when you lose the hope that you once had it is game over.
I look around at the lives of others I see and it sure is not a pretty picture. Seems like everyone I see is setting around thinking poor, poor me. I remember those thoughts as well so I know how easy it is to get to that place in life. One of the biggest problems I see that is holding people back in life is a, “victim mentality”.
As Marketers we have really helped you out as a market in general to remain in this state and even help you get to this place.
We used to tell you that 95% of you were going to fail trying to achieve the steps we were laying out before you. The reason for this was because you would not take the required action need to make them work. We put the blame right on you. If a person is not going to take action of any kind and just set around and complain that they can't figure things out then I guess they get what they get. Wish I could help but it is not going to happen unless I do it for them.
Ahhh, isn't that what we have sort of done now?
We decided if you were not going to do it yourself we would promote ready-made systems that we would set up for you so that all you needed to do was click the buy now and start making money.
This is all very cool except for one part. It was not promoted very clear in my book that you still needed to follow the systems we were teaching before to make what was being set up for you work. You still had to do the work to make the system work. But because it was not really promoted in a clear manner it has allowed you to say poor me you sold me something that is supposed to solve all my problems by allowing me to make money without any work involved. What a scammer.
You may think this is crazy and even foolish of me to say, but I can send you support ticket after support ticket of people that say what I just said almost word for word.
We have helped many people make it easy to blame us for their lack of success.
But more often than not it really has to do with just the lost or lack of vision for your own life.
We have let any vision of success just seem to fade away and now all we have left is this crazy victim mentality of poor lost me. Look what the world has done to me. We do have a choice to make at this point. Sure it may not have been our fault that we are in the position we are in right now but it is our choice to remain there.
Here is what needs to happen. We need to work on getting our visions back. Formulate and brand indelibly on your mind a mental picture of yourself succeeding in life. What does this picture look like? Go ahead and dare to dream again. Once you get that picture in your mind you keep it there and do not under any circumstance permit it to fade. Your mind will seek ways to begin to develop this picture.
Your mind always tries to complete what it pictures so never think of yourself as failing; never doubt the reality of that mental image you can see. You need to be always picturing ’success’ no matter how badly things seem to be going on in your current state of your life.
Remember when I told you I first decided that I wanted to make just enough money to catch a few bills up from my launch? What kind of mentality is this? It is the same mentality that many others seem to take on and perhaps so have you. Many of us have taken on a “just get by” mentality.
If your vision is small the outcome will be small. The size of your vision will have a tremendous effect on the size of the result.
I want to leave you with this one more Question. Do you realize your potential or value? Many of the students I have worked with come to me thinking they have no value to offer at all. Can I just tell you that indeed "YOU" are valuable. Don’t sell yourself short. Many times you will see me sign my emails with the line, "Continue to stand in your greatness!"
It does not take very long to realize the value that others have to give when I begin to talk to them. But it is one thing for me to see it and another thing for you to see and realize your Greatness.
Begin right now at this very moment to formulate that vision in your mind. With everything going on in your life it may be a little cloudy at first but do your very best to see the life you want to live and then make it happen.
About Author: Jim Hartzell
Jim oversees the operations of JimHartzell.com. He is a prolific entrepreneur, having started
and sold 5 companies since 1987. He first entered online publishing in 2005 with the introduction of multiple web properties in the health, finance and travel fields. Jim loves helping people develop their full potential, especially when it comes to staying fit and healthy physically, emotionally and spiritually. Jim and his wife live in Montana. They have 6 children and 8 grandchildren.
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