Our car pulls up in front of San Francisco International Airport, I’m 11 years old. My mom opens the passenger side door and steps out. I swing open the rear door of our car and also get out, she looks at me and for at least the 30th time says “ You Are Not Coming With Me! ”. Unfazed, I walk around to the trunk, grab both of our suitcases and say, let’s go or we’ll miss our flight.
4 hours later we’re on a ferry crossing the Puget Sound on our way to my great uncle Tork’s ranch on Whidbey Island in Washington State. Just a few days before, the little yellow phone hanging on our kitchen wall rang, it was my grandma. She called to say that her brother Tork’s wife had died. Tork was deaf and couldn’t call himself. As she was hanging up the phone I could see how sad my mom was, I knew she wanted to go be with Tork, to just give him a hug.
At 11 years old I didn’t know much, but this one thing I did know. My mom was really sad and she was not going to Whidbey Island alone. Single mom, two kids (one very stubborn) and no money. The fact that we couldn’t even afford her ticket, let alone mine never even crossed my mind, it just wasn’t a factor. I was going to be by her side, period.
noun – the act or power of anticipating that which will or may come to be
I learned something from that experience and it has helped me throughout life. When I choose to do something and get extremely specific about the outcome, ignore any insignificant details or obstacles (and they are all insignificant if the dream is big enough), and I get to work, things get done…it happens.
The key is getting extremely specific about the outcome, to create an unstoppable vision.
“What” before “How”
I hate details, they always get in the way. I know details are important, but focusing or worrying about them does nothing but slow me down. If you are a real detail person then you may need to relax a bit and go big picture, at least long enough to paint the vision you will need to pull you through the obstacles as they pop up along the way.
When I think about the times I stumble, when I’m stopped cold in my tracks or even just lose enthusiasm for a business or project, it’s because I didn’t take the time to create or maintain a real vision for what I was trying to accomplish. My default is to get an idea and just start with no real plan. When I do this however, it almost always ends in disappointment. Running without a clear vision will usually just lead me in circles.
Fortunately I found a much better way. I trust my dreams and let my imagination go to work. The objective is to get crystal clear on what I want to accomplish. I paint a vivid picture in my mind of the outcome that I want to create. It’s like a little movie I play in my mind and it is extremely specific and detailed. But there is one special ingredient that is required to make this movie in my mind play in full color.
The special ingredient is emotion & passion. Without a doubt a vision has to be paired with these two if it’s to have any chance of success. You need to feel it in your soul, if it makes you cry when you think about it…even better.
If you are working on something exciting that you really care about, you don’t have to be pushed. The vision pulls you. ~Steve Jobs
Visioning, 8 steps to change your life
A vision can be something simple like my trip to Whidbey Island or it can be as big as completely changing your life or business. Either way the process is the same. Dream big, be specific and get busy.
Seeing what you want to accomplish in your mind is the first step to creating it in real life. A vision is not a plan, but it’s the dream or destination you are wanting to arrive at.
I read an article in Inc. Magazine about 4 years ago titled Creating a Company Vision by Ari Weinzweig. I book marked it and I still look at it from time to time because it’s good, really good! Ari goes into detail about what he calls visioning.
In 8 steps and about 30 minutes, let Ari walk you through a process that can help you create or clarify your future and what you want it to look like. I’d say that’s time well spent.
Here is the link to Ari’s article in Inc Magazine. I hope you take the time to soak it in and do the exercise he describes. It may just change your life.
This Weeks Podcast:
The Governator is back. Yep, Tim Ferriss who wrote the New York Times best seller, The 4 Hour Work Week interviews Arnold Schwarzenegger and they talk a lot about how an immigrant from Austria with a very broken accent and no money can show up in America and become Mr. Universe, Mr. Olympia, a real estate tycoon, an A-list Hollywood actor and of course Governor of California.
Spoiler alert, it begins with Arnold’s vision. This is a great listen, I hope you will enjoy it as much as I did.
For more info on Tim Ferriss visit his iTunes page. Be sure to check out his other episodes and subscribe to the Podcast if you connect with him. Also, make sure to leave a rating and a comment in iTunes so Tim feels the love.
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