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     Creating A Vision That Is Uniquely You

What do you see yourself doing a year from now? Three years? Five years? When you die, what would you like people to say about you? The answers to those questions, and a few more, can assist you as you prepare the "first edition", of your VISION. Why the first edition you say? Well, if you are an evolving human being, your vision is apt to change as you do.

A vision helps to pull you FORWARD -- toward "something you've deemed is special". Without a clear vision, you may find yourself confused, stuck, stressed, overwhelmed, and drained. How can you get back on "your" track?  Take a look at where your vision is on your PRIORITY list. If it isn't high enough on your list... 
  • ask yourself why
  • do something about it
  • let it go
Write down every reason (EXCUSE) for why you don't have a personal or professional vision. Don't stop till you have run out of reasons. Then celebrate by burning what you've written! Isn't it time to let the excuses go? Also create at least five SOLUTIONS to each of your excuses. If you can't come up with five, ask your coach for assistance. Then get going.

Some people can create a plan and that plan never changes. They go for something and don't stop till they get there. Others change their plan often. Still others use both styles. Remember what your style is and do your best. Don't worry about everything being "someone else's idea" of perfect. Throw "doing it perfectly" out the window! Whatever way YOU do it WILL be ideal for where you are now. That includes waiting until the time is right for you or not doing it at all! 

Ask your friends and clients what they think your personal or professional vision is about, what your strengths are etc. You may be surprised at what you learn! Also try to find a GROUP to work with. Many coaches and consultants offer personal foundation groups, business start-up groups, find your ideal career groups, career support groups, or marketing groups. Often, you'll work with the group and a buddy towards your ideal plan, vision etc.  To find groups: 
  • check the business section of your local newspaper or your local business journal

  • join a telephone support or MASTERMIND group

  • locate a COACH to find unadvertised in-person groups in your area

  • offer to host and receive the program for free by hosting the group at your home

Be creative and have fun. Design the most creative vision you've ever dreamed about! Design your first DREAMBOARD or start a olanning BOX. Every time you get an idea of what might be in your plan, put the thought on a piece of paper and put it in your box -- then pick a date you'll put your ideas into a plan. 

Also take a good look at your current BELIEFS about the life you're creating. Start by asking what you’ve done in the past that hasn’t worked and then review other options. Pick up a copy of the “Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom” -- it's a small book jam-packed with wonderful information on beliefs. Make sure what you believe is really "you." Don't get stuck in someone else's vision.

You can also purchase the book I use with my business clients called “The One Page Business Plan”. It's a fun, tips-full, fill in the blanks, clouds, answer-the-questions type workbook. Use it to create your business or personal plan. Plan your own business RETREAT -- go somewhere serene for a weekend or close yourself up at home and complete the 5 parts of your plan. Jim Horan, the author, says of business plans that, "Writing allows others to participate in your dreams and give you feedback." Writing is a tool to help you... 
  • see what you're thinking -- turn your dreams into something "real"

  • go for the CLARITY you desire

  • stay focused on the end result of your actions

  • get PRIORITIZED about what you need to do next

  • help you remember what it is you wanted to do

  • take immediate ACTION

Once you write your vision, try it on for size. Learn to stretch, "act as if", make small changes, or make some big changes to your vision. If it feels good, keep it. If it doesn't, ADJUST it further. Main thing is to be comfortable with it. Remember the quote that says "insanity is doing the same things over and over again expecting different results". Try on new concepts, new ways of doing things, and recommendations from others. Coaches are especially good at assisting you as you stretch, stretch, and then stretch some more! So stretch right into your vision!

I bet that once your vision has been FORMALIZED, you'll wonder why you didn't do it sooner! And you'll be amazed at the time it takes to do vs. the time (and energy) you've invested just thinking about doing it!


Maria Marsala is the owner of Maria's Place for Holistic Evolution, a nationally recognized Life and Business Development Coaching and Consulting Company. Maria's Place provides clients -- who are committed to having an impact on the world -- personal and professional services including coaching, consulting, training, seminars, administrative support and computer/web services. Visit website at www.coachmaria.com.

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