Happy Labor Day everyone
I want to welcome you back to the series that was started last week called, “Learn To Respect The Power of Vision For You and Your Team“. We last left off talking about seven ideas to help build vision. In part 1 we covered two of the seven. If you have not read part 1 of this series be sure to click the title to get a chance to read it: Learn To Respect The Power of Vision For You and Your Team.
Learn To Respect The Power of Vision For You and Your Team Idea #3: Create a Sacred, Inner Space to Go Deeper
The vision you create for your practice begins in your mind and heart. It is something you can feel, taste, see, hear and touch with your soul.
Creating a supportive, inner environment is a powerful way to aid you in developing your vision. To access the inner depths of your mind and heart, find a way to retreat to a serene and tranquil place where your mind is free of the “outer noise”.
In this sacred space, your heart, mind, and soul can more easily access what might be called Source. What you can find there is your most Authentic Self. Tap into this successfully, and your vision is likely to spring forth easily.
Though your mind may resist with every fiber of its being, try surrender into this emptiness. Check your brain out at the door. A Zen master once said, “You already are that which you seek.” But you’ll find it much easier to uncover that if you are relaxed and can get your mind out of the way.
Learn To Respect The Power of Vision For You and Your Team Idea #4: Ask (the Right) Questions
Ask the questions that provoke and encourage answers to the deeper questions. These might include:
• What is the single most important thing my practice needs to go to the next level and further help my customers best?
• What are the three most important actions I need to take in order to increase my sales or income?
• What are the three most important changes I need to make in order to help me and/or my clients accomplish my/their objectives?
• What is the single biggest challenge that – if resolved – would most help me or my clients.
Learn To Respect The Power of Vision For You and Your Team Idea #5: Identity the Problems Holding You Back
Sometimes we’re just plain stuck. What about you? Where are your points of “stuck-ed-ness”? Discussing it with others – especially your coach and MasterMind team – is a powerful way to uncover the detours around or through the roadblocks holding you back from developing your vision.
There are times when we must first clear the rocks off the trail before we can continue on our path of self-discovery. Moving these out of the way helps unblock the energy flow, enabling us to more easily tap into the Source for answers.
Nothing happens without action. Once you have come up with a Vision that seems to fit well, ACT ON IT. It might not be perfect, but if it’s “good enough”, then get going! You can always “course correct”.
Don’t get bogged down in thinking about HOW you’re going to get there. Momentum is a powerful force, perhaps THE most important force when you’re first embarking for your Vision.
A sailor on a long voyage can never know for sure the exact course they will take to their destination. He/she will need to constantly make corrections for winds, current, and unforeseen challenges along the route. In the same way, you can tweak and adapt your own journey.
Learn To Respect The Power of Vision For You and Your Team Idea #7: K.I.S.S. (Keep It Short & Simple)
Once you have a pretty good idea of your vision, simplify it. Keep honing it down and find ways to bring more clarity. Be brutal; in fact go for what is sometimes call “brutal clarity of purpose”.
There is a nice analogy between a vision and a powerful photo. A very successful studio photographer was asked how he consistently came up with powerful photos. He responded, “Once I’ve got all the elements in the photo that I think I need, I start taking away from it. If I remove or simplify an element or item and it helps, I keep the change. I continue this process with everything I can until it hurts the overall image. That’s when I know I’ve got my image.”
The lesson: try simplifying or removing extraneous parts of your vision. Ask yourself, “Does it help – or hinder? If it helps, keep the change. If it doesn’t, put it back. Continue with this process until you have the best picture you can.
Developing a Vision and acting on it is one of the most essential steps to creating a successful coaching practice. It is also one of the most powerful services you can offer your clients in helping them manifest their fullest potential.
Try these 7 ideas to help you do this. If something works for you, use it! If it doesn’t, discard it. We all have our own best ways of finding and developing our Vision. What matters most is that you do it, then act on it.
Take Care and God Bless,
Greg “Da Spokesman” Stargell
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