Archive for April, 2008

Creating and Living Your Vision

Dawn and I went down to the Shelburne Shipyard on Sunday and took the winter cover off from our boat named Attitude. Click here for pics, if you haven’t seen her.

We popped the cork on a cold bottle of Sparkling Chardonnay and toasted the start of another sailing season on Lake Champlain.

Afterward, we walked around, champagne flutes in hand, basking in the warm afternoon sun and looking at all the other boats.

I couldn’t help but think back to a time, not all that many years ago, walking around this same shipyard. I was in awe of the size and beauty of these sleek vessels and also a bit envious of their owners as I wasn’t one of them.

Today, Attitude isn’t the biggest or the newest, but she is one of the biggest and certainly one of the most attractive yachts on the lake.

As we strolled through the yard, I was reminded of how my vision for this had come to fruition.

This week, the training call I delivered to my Diamond Club Members was on Crafting Your Vision.

I went over the powerful reasons why we should all have an inspiring Vision Statement for our life and our business—all driven by our Core Values and our Mission.

We talked about an inner and outer vision (private vs. public) and how important it is to have a clear intention of what we want to create. It just may have been the best training I did this year. It is an important topic and one neglected by many.

I shared what I see as the biggest challenges as to why people DON’T craft a vision, and I offered plenty of strategies to create and live into that vision.

A vision statement is a vivid, idealized description of a desired outcome that inspires, energizes you to create a mental picture of what you truly want.

As an example of a Vision Statement, I read some excerpts from my own Life Vision. And in reading it, I realized that almost every single thing I had written about had come true.

When I started this document in 1986 and updated it in ’96, my life didn’t look anything like what I was describing. I was broke, had mountains of debt and wasn’t sure how to grow my business.

But now, I’m living my dream and I’m very grateful.

I know you can live your dream, too.

I got here by following the teachings of the masters. I didn’t do things perfectly, and I wasn’t always consistent. But I was very clear about my outcome.

I had a vivid, emotionally driven picture of the life and company I wanted to create. And Dawn and I—and a few part-time people—worked toward making it a reality.

Now, it’s time to buff up that vision—or maybe create a whole new one. And I’m going to be spending all weekend doing just that in San Diego with Michael Gerber in “The Dreaming Room”.

I have great expectations for the process, so stay tuned.

Resources . . .

How to Write an Inspiring Vision Statement

Michael Gerber’s Dreaming Room

How to Write a Mission Statement

Your Core Values Course ~ The foundation for your Mission and Vision

Diamond Club ~ You can join now. Your Mastermind Team is ready for you.

I’m Living My Dream, But How the Heck Did I Get Here?

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Are You Making Progress or Just Going in Circles?

Almost everyone I know is busy.

Heck, even the RETIRED people I know are busy.

It doesn’t matter whether you’re in business for yourself or work for someone else, you no doubt find your day filled with activity. You may even feel overwhelmed a lot of the time.

But being busy by itself doesn’t really amount to much. You can be busy being busy, but not be making much—or any—progress.

I heard it from someone just the other day. They said they worked the entire day in their office. I asked what they did all day, but they couldn’t really tell me. All they could say was that they made phone calls, handled email and worked on “various” projects.

But when I asked if any of this generated income—something quite important to this person—they couldn’t come up with a single thing.

Being busy and working hard may give you some satisfaction, but The Universe rewards results—not activity.

So what do YOU do? Do you confuse activity with accomplishment?

I hope not.

Do you know the top three most important, high-payoff activities that will contribute to achieving your goals? I hope so.

If not, I recommend investing some of your “busy time” to determine what those tasks are.

Which ones should you do every day?

Which ones every week?

And if increasing your income or your profits is important, here’s what I suggest:

Set yourself an appointment each day for your 3M (3M stands for Maximum Monetization Minutes). This is a period of time each day or week that you devote exclusively for ideating, planning and implementing income-generating activities.

The Pareto Principle—the old 80/20 rule—applies here. Usually 80 percent of your intended results are created by less than 20% of your efforts. The key is to honestly acknowledge what you need to be working on to create the greatest progress.

I don’t know of a better use of your time than to get clear on your highest pay-off activities and then discipline yourself to only work on those.

Here’s a list that will help you focus on what those high-priority activities are:

  • revenue generating
  • something very important and must be accomplished
  • something that directly relates to your goals
  • anything you truly can’t delegate

Go ahead, make that list. Prioritize your tasks and watch your productivity soar.

It’s also a good thing to discuss with your MasterMind Team and/or your staff.

Oh, and if you don’t have a Mastermind Team, you can join one in our Diamond Club
program by clicking here . . .

If you want to achieve excellence, you can get there today. As of this second, quit doing less-than-excellent work.”

—Thomas Watson,
founder of IBM

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What’s Your Excuse?

If you ever feel like you can’t do something, watch this video.

If you ever feel sorry for yourself, watch this video.

If you ever start to complain or make excuses for not fulfilling more of your potential, watch this video.

It’s about an amazing woman—a mom, a wife and a true winner.

Oh, and she has no arms!

Click here to watch.

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