Begin with the End in Mind
If you recognize this as Habit 2 from Steven Covey’s best selling ‘7 Habits of Highly Successful People’ you are correct. The ability to create a vision in your own mind of what you want to achieve today, this week, this month or this year means you are able to share this vision and empower yourself, your staff and your customers to help you get what you want.
It is so important to set a vision and goals and the great things is there are many, many tools available to help you do this. Whilst I have chosen Steven Covey’s work to highlight this, it’s important to find the tools that work best for you.
My life changed a couple of years ago after reading a book called ‘The Passion Test’. I worked out the passions in my life and described in very specific detail what I wanted to achieve for my life and my business. And WOW did it work! When I look back at when I did the Passion Test and wrote my vision, I can say now that this is exactly what my life and businesses have become.
It is critical to clearly see what you want having the right mindset is so important to help you stay focused when obstacles get put in your way.
Hear are 3 steps you could take to have the Right Mindset to achieve your goals.
- Look at your current beliefs.
Examine your mindset by looking at your current belief-system. Are your beliefs about your business success supporting you? Or do you have self-limiting beliefs holding you back from what you want? Identify those possible blocks and turn them around because they are working in your subconscious mind to prevent you from moving forward. They will work to negatively affect your decision-making.
- Shape your mindset with Vision and Goals.
Seeing a vision and images describing your end result clearly in your minds eye, will create a strong pull towards this end result. Choose the right tool to help you. For me it was The Passion Test. Take the time to find the right tool to help you with creating your vision. Then go on and break your vision into goals. It will shape your mindset to conform with your vision. And again there are many goal-setting tools such as Goal Mapping or Smart Goals.
- Protect your mindset.
Thirdly you have to protect your mindset against the ‘naysayers’ and ‘dream stealers’, people who want to drag you down. There are plenty of people who are happy to tell you what you can’t do. So keeping your confidence is a big thing. So stay on the right path with your vision, look to improve yourself at every opportunity and seek to help others along the way.
Find your passion, get these 3 steps right and there is every chance you will achieve everything you want for it in 2017.