Turning your vision into a reality gives you actions to take today that will move you towards accomplishing your vision.
If you create your vision and then do nothing with it. You have just wasted your time. So, how do you go from where you are today to fulfilling your dreams?
Well, that is a great question . . . Let's discuss it.
Just like you can't eat an elephant in one sitting, you can't accomplish your vision tomorrow. But you can eat the elephant one small bite at a time over a period of time. The same is true with your vision; you can set goals to take you closer to fulfilling your vision.
I will give you the steps to creating goals that'll take you towards achieving your vision.
Step #1 - Identify the Gaps
The first step towards achieving your vision is identifying the gaps between your vision and where you are today.
The more visual and specific your ultimate vision is, the easier this process will be. So, if you struggle with this exercise, I recommend revising your vision and making it more visual and specific.
Step #2 - Identify & Define Your Vision
To make our vision a reality, we need to break our ultimate vision down and assign milestones and dates to it. I recommend breaking your ultimate vision down into decades.
If you want to accomplish your vision within 20 years, we need to ask ourselves . . .
What do I need to have accomplished in 10 years that gets me halfway to achieving my ultimate vision?
Then write it down.
For example, if part of my vision is to own a business that is doing $3M in sales, but today, I am just starting out with no sales, then the gap is $3M, which means in 10 years, I need to have a business doing $1.5M in sales.
Step #3 - Create Goals From Your Vision
Next, we ask ourselves that same question but with a slight modification, "What do I need to have accomplished in 5 years?"
Again, write this down.
Continuing with our example, we would write down what we need to make $750K of sales.
Then, again, we ask ourselves a similar question. . .
What do I need to have accomplished in 1 year?
Again, write this down.
And following our example, we would write down that we need to have $150K in sales this year.
We do this for each significant gap we identified (from step #1).
Side note: Most of us will have between 3 and 5 annual goals when completing this process.
Step #4 - Determine What Your Is Why
Next, for each goal, we write down the benefits of achieving that goal.
You want to be sure you include the benefits that impact you, your employees, and your customers. This will keep us motivated when tough times come.
Step #5 - Focus on Action
The final step is to list the things you are doing that take you away from or are not in line with achieving each goal and, more importantly, list the steps or actions you need to take to accomplish your goals.
Side note: The primary difference between visions and goals is action.
Again, breaking your vision down into achievable goals will help you to stay on track and achieve your ultimate vision.
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Thank you, and have a great day!