As you climb the ladder of success, check occasionally to make sure it is
leaning against the right wall."
A Clear Vision - What Do You Want?
Most people have a vague idea of success. Perhaps it means having money to
you, or owning nice things. Some people measure success in terms of
relationships, or raising a healthy family. Some measure in terms of influence,
Any way that you measure success is valid, as long as it brings you
How do YOU measure success?
Take some time to answer this question. You may want to sit down with a
journal and a cup of tea and allow yourself to daydream. What would success
look like? What would it feel like? Don’t worry about what’s possible, or limit
yourself in any way. What would you like?
What would your ideal relationships look like?
How often would you get together with friends?
How would you spend time with your family?
What would success in the arena of health look like to you?
What’s your ideal weight and level of physical activity?
When you’re successful, what does your home look like?
What type of vehicle do you drive?
Where do you spend your time, what environment?
Free time/Hobbies/Personal Development
What do you do with your free time?
What spiritual practices do you enjoy?
What are your hobbies?
How much income would you like to have?
What type of work would you LOVE to do?
What would an ideal day look like?
All of these are part of a definition of AUTHENTIC SUCCESS, success
that comes from the alignment of mind, heart, body, and soul.
If you don’t know what you want, you can’t get it!
Most people are far more familiar with what they DON’T want, rather than
what they do want.
This is a spiritual principle as well as a practical one. Spiritually speaking, if you don’t know what you want, you can’t ask the Universe for it. Practically
speaking, if you don’t know what you want, you can’t begin to structure your
life to create it.
Action Step: Keep this list of what you want – we’ll be using it in an upcoming lesson!
Business Owners: You will want to do the section below as well!
A Clear Business Vision
What’s your vision for your business? How much money do you want to make
this year? In 5 years? How will that money come to you? What objectives,
strategies, and goals do you have for creating a business that serves you, serves
your customers, and serves the world?
It’s astonishing how many service-minded professionals don’t have a vision for
their business or their success. If you’re fuzzy about your details, don’t despair
– you have lots of company! Just know that this is the place to start.
This is a spiritual principle as well as a business principle. If you don’t know
what you want, you can’t create it – you can’t ask the Universe, or anyone in it,
for support. From a business standpoint, if you don’t know what you want,
you can’t create the structure to bring it into existence.
Action Step: Create a clear business vision.
Imagine that a good friend is asking you questions, and just write your answers
as though you were talking to her. You can even have a friend actually ask you
the questions, you answer verbally, and record the answer. You can transfer it
into writing later.
Why did you start your business? What do you want to accomplish with
Who are the people that you help?
What problem do you solve for them?
What is special or unique about what you do?
What is true in the world that makes your business so important for
people? What makes it likely that you will succeed?
What does your ideal business day involve?
How much business would you like to have in 6 months? In one year?
What would that look like?
What do you need in order to achieve this?
Are there any key issues that need to be addressed for this to happen?
Surprise! You have just created everything that you need for your business
Creating a business plan is one good way to get your ideas down on paper.
Unless you’re in a business that seeks government funding, or loans from big
companies, a one-page business plan will be fine. There are lots of resources
on the web to help you create one, such as: