If you dream big dreams or see a vision for what’s possible in your life – or if you feel called to make this world a better place… then you have vision.
Perhaps you’ve never thought of yourself as a visionary before, or maybe you have, but chances are that you are one.
If you are upset with the current circumstances of the world and see or feel how it could be better, then you are a visionary.
We are reminded in the Bible that without vision, people perish.
In order to live our destiny, our highest intentions, our dharma, our purpose, we must allow ourselves to dream.
But, we must do more than dream. One of the greatest pain points in my life has been having a vision, but not knowing how to bring it to life.
Over the course of my 14-year entrepreneurial journey, I’ve started many different companies. Some won, some didn’t.
Each time I’ve come closer and closer to the vision I imagine for myself.
And there was one key piece of advice that I heard that changed it all.
A mentor said to me that there are two important places to stay focused when it comes to building your dreams.
The first is on your vision.
What do you see for yourself in 5-10 years? What’s the BIG dream?
Be detailed in every area of your vision.
The finances, the impact, the relationships, the career, the travel, health, etc.
But, that is not all.
The second place to focus is to ask yourself what are the major things (no more than 5) that have to happen this year to bring that vision to life, and based on those major things that have to happen this year, what are the top 5 things that have to happen in the next 90 days to bring them to life?
So, we must be simultaneously focused on the vision and the next 90 days.
Which means that we must re-evaluate what we think is important, and make sure it’s lined up with the major outcomes we want for this year and the next 90 days.
Which means there are a bunch of new things I must start doing, and there are a bunch of things I must stop doing.
As a visionary, the “stop doing” list can feel like you’re killing your own children, which is an awful feeling.
But must remember our Thoreau…
“If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost; that is where they should be. Now put the foundations under them.”
I read this quote almost 20 years ago and had no idea what he was talking about. But, not I get it.
There are three parts to this quote that I want to break down.
1. Castles in the air = your vision
There are two parts to building your foundations under them:
2. Your 90-day focus
3. Your daily habits to support your 90-day focus.
So the three parts are:
1. Have a vision (castles in the air)
2. Set your 90-day focus on the Top 5 outcomes that have to happen to bring your vision to life.
3. Create daily habits to support your 90-day vision.
This is what Thoreau meant by build foundations under the castles.
No one ever broke that down to me in three steps, so I am sharing with you the outcome of 20 years of pondering that quote.
So, let’s put this wisdom into practice in your life.
Here’s what you need to focus on:
1. What is your big vision/dream for your life in the next 5 years? What is your business/career/vocation like? What is your romantic life like? Your health and wellness? Your family? Your money? Your impact? Your purpose?
2. What are the top 5 main things that have to happen to in the next 90 days to bring this vision to life?
3. What will your daily habits be to support these 5 outcomes in the next 90 days?
4. What do you need to start doing?
5. What do you need to stop doing?
Together, we can bring your vision to life.
Remember to get out there, take action and make it real!
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