Where Do You Want to Be?
It’s well-thought business wisdom that we need vision for a business or a career. Knowing where we’re going makes our daily decisions easier, quicker, and more lasting, because we’re building a road to a specific destination. Having a vision for our work is the same as having goal we’re saving our money to enjoy — a vacation or a great retirement.
I’ve not met anyone who disagrees with the wisdom of doing that. Yet, when I ask folks about their vision, most people have to stop, find some long ago thought, and dust it off. Holding that vision in the sunlight, they see how long it’s been set aside. Real-time issues and day-to-day decisions have taken all of their attention.
Many folks have lost track of their vision and don’t realize.
How to Know If You’ve Lost Track of Your Vision
If we don’t keep our business vision in our sights, we lose direction. A business vision is the energy that fuels our decisions, especially when situations get trying, and we’re learning new things under new conditions. With no clear focus to guide us, we start to compromise. Here’s how to know if you’ve lost track of your vision.
- If you wake up in the morning thinking the day is going to be boring, you’ve probably lost track of where you’re going.
- If you look at your life in the future and what you see is more of what’s right here, you’re not heading anywhere certain.
- If you’re watching other folks get places and your response is that could have been mine, you’ve set your dream aside.
- If you think that having a vision for your business is too [put your word here] for a serious person like you, you’ve given up trying.
- If you cite the roadblocks and barriers to making your vision a reality and consistently stop there, your vision is just a story.
The road to making a most amazing vision happen is paved with our thoughts, our passion, and our decisions. No outside barrier can stop a person who’s willing to stay fully invested in getting where they want to go. Winners keep their vision in front of them, adjusting and tweaking it to fit reality and their changing skill set. They do the work and stay the course, holding onto the future they see, even when other choices come along.
That’s the purpose of having a vision — to guide us to where we want to go.
Is time to take out your vision and dust it off again or are you on the road to making it happen? Do you know where you’re going?
–ME “Liz” Strauss
If you need to refocus where you’re going, let’s talk.