The importance of having clear vision

The most fundamental ingredient to success is having  clear vision. A crystal clear vision. Without this clear and precise vision, you are going nowhere. You could be the most capable, motivated, intelligent person in the world, but without a clear vision of what you want in life, you are never going to get to that point.

Think of it like this: the most experienced pilot with the best plane is not going to get to Mozambique without a map, he might make it to that area there eventually by flying around the world for a few days, but without the location or end point, he will not make it to the precise place he wants to be.

Whereas take the pilot who has the map, he knows where he is going, he knows that he is going to have to fly down along the east coast of Africa and therefore he will get to his location quickly and easily.

Once you know exactly what you want out of life, you can then map out a path from Point A (where you are) to Point B (where you want to be).

For example: I want to have a great body like the below. tumblr_n42iakaiVt1s1x0cvo1_540.jpg

This is my  vision. It is clear. And having a clear vision allows me to make a plan in order to get from point A (my current body shape) to point B (my vision). I know to get this body, I have to go to the gym, I have to eat healthily, I have to make sure I get enough sleep etc. These are my action steps in order to achieve the vision I have.

The take-away of this post is that without a crystal clear vision, you will never get where you want to be. As the above quote says: Decide what you want (your vision). Write it down. Make a plan. And work on it every single day. 

 

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3 ways to get motivated to achieve your goals

Motivation is what gets us going in the morning. Motivation is what starts us on the path to our goals. In short motivation can be a very powerful tool to have in order to get started on that goal, improve on that goal and sustain your efforts to reach that goal.

Below are 3 ways to get motivated

  1. Write a vision for yourself

Take a piece of paper and a pen and start writing about how you want your life to look like a year from now. Try to associate as many feelings and engage as many senses as possible in this vision

Here is an excerpt out of my vision:

I want to be more open-minded and expand my interests. I want to read more, see more, experience more, feel more and do more. I want to feel as though I am alive not that I am just living.

Having a vision serves two purposes:

(a) It can provide an idea of what goals you want to achieve

(b) You can reread it and remember why you have the goals you have.

Part A I will get back to later when I write a goal on writing a vision.

Part B is about the motivation. I read this above and it reminds me why I want to read every night, (and not just watch Netflix), or why I want to go to more museums (and not just watch Netflix) or why I want to meet up with acquaintances (and again not just watch Netflix).

So as you can see, having a vision written down that you can read every day is a powerful way of increasing your motivation.

2. Write down your main three goals daily

I am a big believer in goal setting. Not only do I get very excited the first of January, but I get excited the first of every month, as I get to sit down and reevaluate my goals. However, if you do not reflect often enough on your goals, the desire to pursue them can be forgotten.

Therefore, I suggest every day, jotting down quickly your three main goals. This will start the wheels in your mind turning allowing you to see the steps that need to be taken to achieve these goals.

For example, my goals today are:

1. Take concrete steps towards side-hustle

2. Have fun/new experiences

3. Workout more often

Having this written down, both subconsciously and consciously, I plan to achieve these goals. For example:

1. Take concrete steps towards side-hustle: Write blog post and read a chapter of book on self-development

2. Have fun/new experiences: Going out tonight on pub-crawl with new friends

3. Workout more often: Going to the gym or go spinning

Just by writing down these goals, I have already structured my day to achieve these goals.

3. Listen to motivational Youtube videos

I think YouTube is one of the best sources for self-development and motivation. There is a niche area on Youtube of motivational videos set to videos. Yes. It is cringy. I am not going to lie, but it is incredible the effect this can have on your daily life simply by having this in the background when you are getting ready in the morning or listening it on your commute to work/university/school etc.

Give this video a go and listen to it while you get ready. 35 minutes of motivation.

 

 

Try these three strategies and see your life transform.