I am evaluating 2010 and preparing for 2011. As part of the process I have picked My 3 Words for 2011 and I’m Reinventing My Business.
This blog post is about how I work on creating a foundation for the year(s) to come.
The Law of Attraction
In A Scary Admission Chris Brogan admits that he believes in the Law of Attraction.
I believe in the teachings inside The Secret. The Secret is a book that talks about The Law of Attraction. There are several books that talk about this, and The Secret isn’t even the best of them.
The premise is that if you visualize and believe with all your heart that you’ll find what you seek, then it’ll manifest.
The key is to remember that Attraction = Attract + Action. It’s not enough to attract something, it takes action to get it. Nothing will manifest out of thin air.
Visualization of what you want to achieve is used in other concepts too, like mental training.
The Secret is a catchier name than The Known. In my opinion there’s nothing secret in The Secret, it’s a new cover on what has been said before. They have done clever marketing though.
Think and Grow Rich
I’m currently reading “Think and Grow Rich” by Napoleon Hill. The book is available in print or as free ebook, I have an ebook. As the title indicates, it’s focus is on money. It lists these six steps:
First: fix in your mind the exact amount of money you desire. It is not sufficient merely to say “I want plenty of money.” Be definite as to the amount.
Second: determine exactly what you intend to give in return for the money you desire. (There is no such reality as “something for nothing.”)
Third: establish a definite date when you intend to possess the money you desire.
Fourth: create a definite plan for carrying out your desire, and begin at ONCE, whether you are ready or not, to put this plan into action.
Fifth: write out a clear, concise statement of the amount of money you intend to acquire, name the time limit for it acquisition, state what you intend to give in return for the money, and describe clearly the plan through which you intend to accumulate it.
Sixth: read your written statement aloud, twice daily, once just before retiring at night, and once after arising in the morning. As you read — see and feel and believe yourself already in possession of the money.
Napoleon Hill talks about the importance of a burning desire. It’s not enough to wish or want, it has to be a burning desire. You need to be determined to get it, stand by it and know what you really want to achieve.
As you see in step 2 above he stresses that there’s no such reality as “something for nothing”.
I believe that it’s a two-phase process: Attraction = Attract + Action. The process works whether it’s money we’re aiming for or something else.
Attract requires us to be clear and specific about what we want to achieve. That’s what this blog post is about.
Then it takes action, I’ll do another blog post about that.
Decide what you want
Napoleon Hill writes that “All achievements have their beginning in an idea”, I prefer to talk about a vision. It shall be something that you really desire and believe with all your heart that you’ll achieve. List what you want to achieve but be specific otherwise you can’t know when you have achieved it.
Paint an entire picture, personal and professional, since different areas of life interact with each other. It can be different levels of details but ignoring the personal side and only have a business vision is not a good idea. The other way around is not good either.
Examples of what can be included in a vision:
• I want to be my own boss.
• I want to work half time and do volunteer work in my spare time.
• I want to have X dollars in my savings account because that means financial security.
• I want to live and work in the Bahamas.
• I want to make the world a better place by doing….
Create ONE vision that covers what you want to achieve. Fill it with emotions, how will you feel when you achieved it.
If you don’t know what you want, you end up with a lot you don’t. – Chuck Palahniuk
• Your vision shall be your beacon, something that keeps you heading in the right direction.
• Your vision shall be able to motivate you when the going gets tough.
• It shall be YOUR vision, not something you do to please others.
• It shall be a burning desire.
If your vision does not pass the test above then you picked the wrong vision. Return to the previous step and find your true vision.
Convert your vision to money
How much money does it take to achieve your vision?
How much do you need to make your vision come through?
Your vision might be to become your own boss instead of being employed, there’s still money that needs to be earned.
Your vision might be to be place independent (work from anywhere), there’s still money that needs to be earned.
Even a spiritual quest requires money to make it possible. There’s no “something for nothing” which means that somehow we need to pay for what we want to achieve.
When shall it be finished?
Set an end date – when shall you have achieved your vision?
Hint, if it’s more than a year away then you shall probably reconsider and rephrase your vision. A beacon that’s too far away makes for lousy navigation.
What will you do to achieve your vision?
You now have your vision, an end-date and a required amount, what will you give in return to achieve what you desire?
Define exactly what you intend to give in return for the money you desire. Plan it, at least roughly, so you know how to do it.
If you do what you’ve always done, you’ll get what you’ve always gotten. – Tony Robbins
Make your vision memorable
If you’re visual then create a vision board. That makes it easier to picture how you will feel when it’s all done.
Create a statement (agreement with yourself) that describes your vision. It shall include the end-date, when it shall be finished, and what you will do to achieve your vision. Remember to attach feelings, how will you feel when you have achieved your vision.
Keep your vision within sight
Print out your statement. Place it where you see it often and easy. Read your vision daily so you keep it alive and fresh.
One more thing – enjoy the ride! The journey towards your vision has to be worthwhile too.
What about me?
When evaluating 2010 I realized that my original vision had split into two visions, one personal and one for my business. When those visions were aligned it was no problem but when they differed the one closest to my heart did win. Most of my personal vision, along the path to discover your Self, has been accomplished. When it comes to my business vision it did not turn out as I had intended.
Lesson learned – create ONE vision and stick to it. If in doubt along the way, go back to the verify step and see if you vision still is the right one.
What about you?
How do you work to vision what you want to achieve?