If You Want To Achieve BIG Goals It’s Time To Get Your Vision Clear
Posted on June 28th, 2017
[Creating Your Vision Part 3]
Motivation 101 – How to get and stay motivated when life throws you lemons.
It’s time to take ACTION!
Before we get started, it’s critical that you have read part 1 and 2 first!
Otherwise, you may find the following content too deep.
Because I need you to first understand basic psychology (which was covered).
Here are direct links to the first two chapters:
This is the point in my popular ‘Vision Intensive Workshop’ that we run during our ‘30 Day Health Kickstart‘ where we do a series of powerful breakout sessions to turbocharge motivation.
We guide each of our personal training clients through a three (3) step process to evaluating their current lifestyle and build a plan to improve the areas being most neglected.
- Evaluate Your Balance Areas
- Set Some Tangible Goals
- Create Your Vision
In most instances, that usually starts with your health.
At the Vision Intensive myself and my team of personal trainers walk around the room assisting on a very high level.
Given you may not be a client of ours currently, there’s a chance that some of this info will go over your head.
So I urge you, if you are interested in diving deeper, get yourself along to the next ‘30 Day Health Kickstart‘ and see how it’s done properly.
Until then, let’s walk through the steps …
Because I’m positive the secrets I am about to discuss will help you achieve a much higher level of motivation, whether you train with us face-to-face, or not!
P.s. I’ve attached my recommended reading list at the end. The books I’ve listed have had a profoundly positive impact on my and my clients lives.
Step 1 – Evaluate Your Balance Areas
The first step in creating your vision and increasing motivation is to identify what you need to achieve a well balanced life. We’ve identified 12 key areas that must be in balance to achieve health and happiness.
I call these “The 12 Areas of Balance”, and they are:
- Health – are you in a good state of being free from physical and mental illness or injury
- Family – do you connect with your blood or marriage relations or inner circle of friends
- Social – do you feel connection and companionship with people outside your family
- Career – are you doing fulfilling work in or that is committed to your chosen profession
- Wealth – how is your net worth based on the total value of your accumulated assets
- Charity – how often do you give something without expecting anything in return
- Hobbies – are you spending enough time on specific leisurely activities for pleasure
- Relationships – how is your capacity for close connection or intimate physical contact
- Spirituality – are you supporting your religious beliefs and connecting to your spirit/soul
- Education – what activities do you do specifically for your personal development
- Exploration – how often do you travel outside your regular community environment
- Community – are you contributing to, and feeling acceptance among your herd
From here you need to evaluate how you’re performing in each of these areas of your life right now. Using a scale from 1 to 10, evaluate your performance right now.
Step 2 – Set Some Tangible Goals
Now that you’ve identified the areas that you are neglecting in your life, the next step is to set goals to improve your balance.
This is the first step to designing your dream lifestyle.
Remember the reference I made in part 1 (view here) to the music conductor.
You can’t give 100% in every area of your life at once. So for now, choose 3 to 5 of the most neglected areas to focus on.
There are two steps to setting a goal:
- First you must outline your goal
- Second you must make the goal tangible
For example, my goal outline might be to lose some weight and get in shape again. To make this goal tangible I need to create what we refer to as, a from x, to y by z goal.
So my goal would look something like this: From 95kg, to 80kg by December 1st, 2017.
To help get everyone get started in the Vision Intensive Workshop, my team got busy masterminding the three value categories that we think are most essential to creating a snowball effect across all other areas of your life.
- Health – without good health you’re unlikely to have the energy required to reach fulfillment in other areas of your life. Health must not be sacrificed for other areas.
- Education – Second to health, personal development is the most likely area to snowball, affecting all other areas of your life.
- Relationships – Loving relationships with a partner or friend is a common area that’s also sacrificed for other values and will have negative effects on your health.
Although life is not meant to be a crescendo …
Step 3 – Create Your Vision
Now it’s time to summarize your goals and action plan into a clear, concise vision.
When creating your vision statement, think about how your life looks in one, three, five or even ten years from now.
To keep things simple, I recommend focussing on 12 months and then expand your vision later down the track.
Many of you won’t know your purpose yet. I believe discovering your true purpose is the meaning of life.
And I’ve met people in their 60’s and 70’s who were still searching!
So when you create version 1.0 of your vision you may not know your purpose yet.
So instead, think about your legacy. What impact do you want to leave on the world. If that’s still too hard, think on a smaller scale. What impact would you like to leave on your local community.
If you’re still struggling, scale down further.
Think about the impact you’d like to leave on your family, or social circle.
In the past i’ve used the tombstone exercise to help.
What would you like to have written on your tombstone?
I share my personal and company purpose and vision below for your guidance.
My lifes purpose
“To deliver happiness through enhanced health and motivation.”
My company’s purpose
“To make the world better by enhancing motivation, movement and nutrition.”
Quickly make note of the alignment of these … One could argue that they’re almost identical right?
One of the keys to enjoying your work is to make sure you find a way to monetize something that enables you to live your purpose.
That’s a later discussion, but worth noting.
My 2025 One World Vision
To challenge the status quo by actually making people healthy instead of just making people look good. And provide extraordinarily rewarding careers in the process.
- 1,000,000 Online Lifestyle Transformations
- 15,000 Facility Lifestyle Transformations
- 5 Creative & Innovative Executive Leaders
- 10 Inspirational Strategic Partners
- 100 Motivating Managing Partners
- 100 Passionate Admin Assistants
- 500 Brilliant Lifestyle Engineers
- 100 Thriving Locations
Please note … My vision didn’t always look like this.
Originally my vision was about six (6) pages long. A detailed script of what my life looked like over the next 1, 3, 5 and 10 years.
Although this worked ok, it made it hard to review on a daily basis. The whole document took me about 20 minutes to read.
That might be ok for some people.
But I’m impatient.
And I’m a slow reader …
Generally if something takes more than a few minutes I get extremely bored and lose concentration.
If you’re like me, start by writing it out. But over time, work to summarize your vision into a clear paragraph that describes what you’re embarking on achieving and how.
Bonus Step – How To Stay Motivated When Times get Tough
Now that we’re on the way to creating a life worth living, it’s time we put things into practice.
Sure, writing things down into a concise vision is a great start.
But the vision is just the start of the process of upgrading your software. But actually doing it will take more practice. You will also need to regularly practice thinking in ways that support your vision.
Otherwise your ego will eventually overpower your vision and you will revert back to your old ways.
The following chapter uncovers eight (8) extremely powerful tools I use to continually upgrade my stories, boost my motivation and help keep me focussed when times get tough.
8 key motivation tools include:
- Gratitude diary
- Personal development
Below I explain each in more detail.
The act of distancing, disconnecting or seeing thoughts and feelings for what they are (streams of words, passing sensations), not what they say they are (dangers or facts). When practiced daily will become an extremely powerful tool for avoiding stress and anxiety.
Action Step: When experience thoughts, feelings, emotions or urges that don’t serve you or your vision spell them out. By that I mean, actually visualise it in your mind as the words that they are.
Then try one of the following defusion techniques:
- Sing the words in a favorite television show melody like the Simpsons
- Say the words using a famous voice you know like Arnold Schwarzenegger
The act of accepting feelings, sensations and urges for what they are (passing sensations), not what they feel like (pain and discomfort). When practiced daily will become an extremely powerful tool for avoiding stress and anxiety.
Action Step: When feeling overwhelmed with stress, anxiety or an uncomfortable feeling, practice deep diaphragmatic breathing by slowing your breath and sucking air deep into your tummy. Then scan your entire body, looking for the discomfort. Once located, identified the source of discomfort down to the tiniest detail, what it looks like, shape, texture, everything.
Then, whilst continuing to breath deeply, breath into the area and visualise your body making room for the object. For a guided Expansion exercise go here: https://youtu.be/mxEHt4YS2gs
The act of being mindful and connecting to and appreciating the present moment for the miracle it is. When practiced daily will become an extremely powerful tool for avoiding stress and anxiety.
Action Step: Take 5 minutes each day in nature (outdoors) with your shoes off connecting to the present moment by acknowledging what you see, feel, taste and smell from your surroundings. Enjoy that fact that life is a miracle and everything on the planet is too.
A series of succinct sentences that affirm your goals and help to create new stories to support your vision. When practiced daily will become an extremely powerful tool for enhancing motivation, focus and drive.
Action Step: Write a series of short, succinct sentences that affirm your goals and vision. Focus on behaviors and an inner stance that depicts your utopian reality and the character necessary to achieve it. Keep affirmation documents short. You’ll be reading it a few times EVERY day.
The act of visualising a future utopia having achieved your goals and vision. We suggest using a vision board and specific interior decorations to assist. When practiced daily will become an extremely powerful tool for enhancing motivation, focus and drive.
Action Step: Decorate your house with images, pictures and prints that represent your future utopia. Purchase a medium sized pin board and create a vision board using clipped images that represent your future utopian lifestyle.
The act of practicing mindfulness and inducing consciousness to promote relaxation, build internal energy or life force and develop compassion, love, patience, generosity, and forgiveness. When practiced daily will become an extremely powerful tool for enhancing creativity, motivation and focus.
Action Step: Take 5-10 minutes out of each day and listen to a favoured guided meditation recording until you can practice unassisted.
I use the Headspace app, available in the app store, but there are heaps of great (free) guided meditation apps available.
The act of writing down a list of positive events at the close of a day, and why the events made you happy. When practiced daily will lower stress levels, enhance sleep and overall happiness and can even reduce illness.
Action Step: Keep a journal next to your bed and record 5 things you are grateful for that day and how they made you feel at night before bed.
The act of taking specific actions to develop yourself on a personal level through enhanced emotional and spiritual intelligence. This is by far the most important step on the road to success.
In fact, the word success is not enough to describe the growth that comes about from taking committed daily action to develop yourself personally.
I would feel more satisfied calling it, Enlightenment.
Action Step: Read 10 pages per day of a specific personal development book. (1 book per month, 12 books per year.)
I always have the aforementioned lost on display at the Vision Intensive and we reward the crowed by by giving them to one lucky participant at the end of the night.
Below is a list of recommended reading for personal development in no particular order:
- Drive (by Daniel Pink)
- Switch (by Chip & Dan Heath)
- The One Thing (by Gary Keller)
- Essentialism (by Greg McKeown)
- The Happiness Trap (by Russ Harris)
- The Biology Of Belief (by Bruce Lipton)
- The Power Of Habit (by Charles Duhigg)
- The Heartmath Solution (by Lew Childre)
- Think And Grow Rich (by Napoleon Hill)
- The Happiness Advantage (by Shawn Achor)
- The Code Of The Extraordinary Mind (by Vishen Lakhiani)
- The Seven Habits Of Highly Effective People (by Stephen Covey)
Each of these books I have read more than once. And each has helped to sculpt and enhance my current lifestyle blueprint.
If you follow the 10 page daily rule outlined above you will complete this list in one year. More importantly, you will experience a level of growth and personal development that will positively change you for the rest of your life!
And, even more importantly, the lives of those around you.