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Vision and belief is another perfect match in life. Without a business vision, you don’t know where you are going. Even if you believe in yourself and your company, you will still wander around with no direction. Likewise, if you have a vision, but don’t believe you can get there, you won’t move very far. You need both vision and belief.
What is your vision? Vision is your ability to clearly see your ideal business and life. Getting clear happens when you focus on what is important to you and tap into who you are, with all your dreams and passions. You might have a business vision to increase your sales by 10% or grow your team in 2017. Others have a vision of how they want their marriage or family to look. Maybe you have a plan for what you want to accomplish in the next day, week, or month. Your vision can be a short term or long term picture, or both.
For example, as a parent, I have a vision of who I want my child to be when he goes off to college in another three years. I picture him being responsible with his academics, able to take care of himself, and having the skills he needs to function in an adult world, without my supervision. Without this vision, I cannot see what I need to do as a parent to prepare him for the future. Does he know how to wash and iron his clothes? Can he fix himself a nutritious meal? Are his study habits and choices going to ensure him reasonable success in college? If not, I have some work to do. With a vision, I can see where I am today compared to where I want to be in the future. A vision highlights the gaps and helps you set forward-moving goals.
Belief is what gives you the confidence that you can realize your vision. Do you believe in yourself and have faith that you can accomplish whatever you set your mind to? If not, you will get stuck or sabotage your success. Belief requires you to take an honest look at your strengths, and own them. It is not going to be helpful to focus on what you believe you lack. The world will deliver to you exactly what you believe you deserve. If you believe your company can achieve $5M in sales, and you act as if you truly believe it, your company will achieve $5M in sales.
My older son was a naturally talented baseball player. He had speed, the ability to hit on both sides of the plate, and his coach said he had a “cannon” at the end of his arm. His peers on the football team would comment, “You know Kai is a really good baseball player, but he needs to have more confidence in himself.” People will pick up on a lack of belief – we act differently when we feel insecure, and our energy reflects that. I always told my son, “You must visualize walking up to the plate, see the ball thrown from the pitcher’s hand, and picture yourself crushing the ball into a gap in the outfield. You have to believe, in the deepest part of your soul, that you can hit the ball.”
What do you want for your life and your business, and how do you see yourself? Do you have a crystal-clear vision, and the belief it takes to realize your goals? If not, go have some cookies and milk and think about what you need to do to develop vision and belief.
Vision and Belief are like Cookies and (Chocolate) Milk
January 10, 2017