Fall in Love with Your Vision

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So used to expecting things not to work out, we limit our vision of what think we or our businesses can achieve. Or, perhaps, we allow our vision to be swamped by “yeah buts” (thoughts of fear, uncertainty, doubt, worry, anger, regret, or guilt).

Damn.

What if, instead, we loved our vision? Imagine what would happen if we spent more moments thinking about how exciting, satisfying, and fulfilling our visions are.

My guess: the results would dramatically contrast what we’re used to seeing from our old “yeah but” thinking.

 

In your corner,

Mike

 

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Certain Change Leaders

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Some leaders are comfortable with and even thrive in uncertainty and change. We see them being strategic, inspirational, and courageous. They help us find our next best markets, positioning, and offers. Their blind spot is getting to the end zone before everyone else and wondering why no one has followed them.

Other leaders demand certainty and resist change. This appears as fighting for the status quo, having finance dictate strategy, and focusing on operational efficiency. They help us preserve the familiar. Their blind spot is thinking that holding back change is healthy or even possible.

So which type of leader do we need more in our world today? Actually, we need both. Most importantly, we need leaders who can be a strong bridge between the vision-and-progress types and the steady-and-safe types. These certain+change leaders support the vision, understand that change is certain, and help those who crave certainty take a well-lit path to the new normal.

 

In your corner,

Mike

 

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Paint a Picture

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Worry (or, more mildly, concern) binds us. It keeps us overly focused on avoiding what could go wrong. This limits the time and energy we need to have things go right.

The antidote is simple: spend more time envisioning what we want.

Try this: take just four minutes this morning to paint a picture in your mind of some result you really want. Make it rich in compelling, exciting details. Whenever bad-feeling worries, concerns, or “yeah, buts” show up, set them aside and return to the picture you are painting. You will likely notice that 1) you feel better than you did four minutes earlier and 2) getting the results you want will become easier.

Feel good, good leader.

 

In your corner,

Mike

PS: We can use this to improve our thinking and effectiveness for a project, goal, week, or day.

 

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This Ought To Do It

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I can teach anybody how to get what they want out of life. The problem is that I can’t find anybody who can tell me what they want. – Mark Twain

We often don’t have a clear, compelling, and commonly-understood (by all the people who matter) set of goals for our businesses or our lives. This makes it rather difficult for us to achieve what we most desire. But picking such goals can seem impossible.

The truth is that it’s only confusing. All we need is a place to start. Here’s a pretty perfect place to start: happiness, freedom, and growth for yourself and those you come in contact with.

That ought to do it, ya?

 

In your corner,

Mike

 

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How to Build a Truly Compelling Goal

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Success demands a clear, compelling, and commonly understood vision or goal. Such a goal answers the big question, “Why?” We can probably write a clear goal. And we can include whoever matters as we build it so that the goal is commonly understood. But to make it compelling our goal needs to satisfy these criteria:

  1. It comes from within. A compelling goal is not something we derive from market data or what other people think. It comes from within us, our team, and our organization.
  2. It uses our talents. Our vision or goal must take advantage of what we as a team/organization are good at doing.
  3. It matters. Our goal or vision must resonate with our values or care-abouts.
  4. It meets our needs. If a goal doesn’t generate a valuable return, we will quickly run out of time, energy, and resources to achieve it.
  5. It meets a need for others. Our goal or vision solves a problem for other people or groups of people. And they will need to see that we understand them and the problem before they let us help them.
  6. It is big. Big goals seem scary because we can’t see how to achieve them. And that’s good. We challenge ourselves to find new ways. We learn, grow, feel vitally alive, and have a whale of a time along the way.

In our hearts we know that anything less won’t work.

 

In your corner,

Mike

 

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Start a Movement

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Think big: what could be so much better than it is now?

To get that, we don’t need a special title. We don’t need permission. We can start without money. We don’t need a plan. We don’t need to know how.

All we need are that compelling, exciting, feels-good idea about the better something and our own commitment to maintain focus on this good-feeling idea. This is exactly how all movements start. The rest tends to take care of itself.

Your turn: start a movement.

 

In your corner,

Mike

PS: Also oddly helpful are an irrational assurance of success and a curiosity about how it will all work out.

PPS: The idea has to feel good to sustain it and attract others to join in.

PPPS: Yes, this works at your organization. And in your home. And everywhere.

 

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Enough with the Calculus of Fate

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When we look to the future, most of us have very little idea about what we actually want.  If pressed, we mention some generic notions like  having more money, more success, more time, better relationships, or staying healthy.

Oddly, we actually resist getting specific. We kick up “yeah, buts”  like, “What if I dream of something specific that doesn’t happen?”, “What if I get what I dream about but it ends up not being as satisfying as I had hoped?”, “I don’t usually get what I want,” and  “Too many things could go wrong; I have to plan for all the options.”

If you don’t know where you’re going, you might not get there. — Yogi Berra

Instead of this calculus of fate and ‘what may be,’ let’s dream. Let’s paint a picture of where we are headed. Looking just beyond our “yeah, buts” we see that  know exactly what we want. We can describe in specific and exciting ways the future that would make our hearts sing. It feels terrific to do so.

And which is more likely to deliver what you want: a specific, exciting, detailed vision of what you want or not that?

Riiiiight.

 

In your corner,

Mike

 

PS: Want to make your exciting vision come true? Don’t jump into action. Start by having your heart singing.

 

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