Vision without action is merely a dream. Action without vision just passes the time. Vision with action can change the world.—Joel A. Barker
Have you ever met an entrepreneur who has a great idea for a business and wants desperately to tell you about it? Did you feel the entrepreneur’s sense of excitement and passion? Did the entrepreneur paint a colorful picture of his or her idea? Did you get swept up in the moment? Did you find yourself telling others about what this entrepreneur said? Do you wish you would feel this way?
Creating Your Vision
The dictionary defines a vision as the “act or power of anticipating what will or may come to be”. Your goal is not to predict the future, but to set your eyes on the prize. You can create and recreate your vision at any time, from the embryonic stage to being up and running.
Let’s see what Deepak Chopra has to say in his book The Spontaneous Fulfillment of Desire: Harnessing the Infinite Power of Coincidence to Create Miracles:
Consciousness orchestrates its activity in response to both attention and intention. Whatever you put your attention on becomes energized. Whatever you take your attention away from dwindles. On the other hand, intention is the key to transformation, as we have seen. So, you could say that attention activates the energy field, and intention activates the information field, which causes transformation.
Deepak believes energy follows attention. In other words, what you focus on can become your reality. If you put your vision out there into the universe (it might be a bit extreme, but it does make a point), you’ll have a good chance of making your vision happen. If you set your intention to work toward your vision, your chances of success increase.
- Is intangible
- Is intentional
- Serves as a motivational force
- Expresses your passion
- Is a guide for planning your business objectives.
Let’s go deeper. Your vision, when written, serves as a constant reminder of where you’re going. It should be action-oriented and worded in such a way, so there is room for change. You should keep your potential customer or client in the front of your mind when creating a vision. After all, isn’t your business about providing a product or service that will satisfy a customer or client need?
The elegant aspect of a vision is that while you are crafting it, you are painting a mental picture based on your emotions (passion) and your intellect (your business idea). The result is a written statement about your dream for your business.
Can you keep your ambitious goal in mind and at the same time focus on concrete, tangible outcomes? I believe this is the key to success. You set a path and follow it. The path might be bumpy, with dangerous curves, hills, and dead ends, but in the end, you’ll get what you want – a successful business based on your values and your unique skills and abilities. It’s easy to get sidetracked and lose sight of your vision. There are many tempting distractions out there.
Your vision is not about the path, it’s about where the path takes you. It’s all about discovering your passion and pursuing it. In times of doubt, you can revisit your goal, and hopefully feel encouraged.
Answer the following questions and you’ll be on your way to create your vision.
- What is my highest dream or vision for my business?
- What do I wish for the most?
- What can I put into words that I have never put into words before?
- What am I willing to do to make my vision come true?
- What resources do I need to use on the way to achieving my vision?
Good luck and stay focused.