FIND YOUR VISION
Creating a vision for your life might seem like a frivolous, fantastical waste of time, but it’s not. Creating a compelling vision of the life you want is actually one of the most effective strategies for achieving the life of your dreams. Perhaps the best way to look at the concept of a life vision is as a compass to help guide you to take the best actions and make the right choices that help propel you toward your best life.
With vision in mind, you are more likely to succeed far beyond what you could otherwise achieve without a clear vision. Think of crafting your life vision as mapping a path to your personal and professional dreams. Life satisfaction and personal happiness are within reach. The harsh reality is that if you don’t develop your own vision, you’ll allow other people and circumstances to direct the course of your life.
Don’t expect a clear and well-defined vision overnight—envisioning your life and determining the course you will follow requires time, and reflection. You need to cultivate vision and perspective, and you also need to apply logic and planning for the practical application of your vision. Your best vision blossoms from your dreams, hopes, and aspirations. It will resonate with your values and ideals, and will generate energy and enthusiasm to help strengthen your commitment to explore the possibilities of your life.
START SMALL BUT THINK BIG.
One small action will lead to another. One small accomplishment will lead to a bigger one. A chance meeting will lead to a business relationship. A blog post will turn into a book. A daily exercise routine becomes part of an active lifestyle. Small changes to what you eat become part of a sustainable diet. So on and so forth.
Starting small is how we get moving and it’s also how we form habits. It’s the small, consistent habits that we form that enable us to do big things.
But, there are also small, destructive habits that suck the life out of us. Ultimately, they prevent us from doing big things. Procrastination, making excuses, negative self-talk, and doubt can crush our potential.
You conquer them the same way you climb the mountain, small steps in the right direction every day. Change negative habits to positive ones, one at a time, through constant, consistent action. That’s how shit gets done.
No positive action is too small, If you think the small things doing matter, think about the last time you lost a game by one point; still a loss, right?
That’s why it is profitable begin on the small things, because the smallest moments, steps, and actions make the biggest difference in our lives. But understand that you think big and never be so comfortable staying in your small comfort zone.
Are there any naysayers in your life? Someone who is discouraging you from pursuing your goals and dreams, perhaps? Someone who thinks that you are joking and says “It’s impossible!” when you share your grand plans for your future? Someone who sabotages you when you try to cultivate a new habit or quit a bad? Someone who is keeping you from achieving your highest potential?
At one point in our life, we are bound to meet naysayers, be it an entrepreneur, colleagues, acquaintances, friends, or even close friends and family. Naysayers are termed as such because their favorite response is “nay.”
Criticism can rob us of our energy and enthusiasm; it can cause us to question the wisdom of our choices and decisions. And always with that criticism comes the “shoulds” – those things that would be better choices for us to make. You may never be free from those who need to be critical; you can only control your responses and keep your eye on your end game.
WORK HARD AND EXPLORE
The road to your dreams isn’t always easy to navigate. Sometimes dotted with mountains to climb, obstacles to overcome. Some dreams take years to achieve and a huge amount of effort. Always remember that you started on this path because you believed in something with all your heart, so much so that you were willing to pour everything into it. When the going gets tough, take a moment to remember why you started in the first place. By coming back to the core reason of your endeavors, you’ll re-center your motivation and find the energy to keep going.
Understand also that pursuing your dream is hard work, there’s good things about the process too. One of the best things about working toward a dream is that there’s room to explore. When your dream isn’t set in stone, there’s time to discover many wonderful possibilities. Although your to-do list might seem overwhelming sometimes, always give yourself the time to explore. You never know what exciting new things might come from it.