“Where there is no vision, there is no hope.” – George Washington Carver
Vision is the driving force between wanting something & getting something. When you have a vision, you are able to begin with the end in mind, and map out your steps from there.
Visualization can be immensely helpful in targeting what you want out of your business. As you build your company and imagine what successful business looks like, you need to write down whatever that vision is, so that you know what it will look and feel like, when you get there. Of course, as with anything, vision can change, and so it’s important to write down and adjust the vision at least quarterly to ensure its reachability.
A successful way to secure your vision is to involve your team. Show your team where the company is going and more importantly, where they are going within it, by asking them what they want out of it. When a vision is supported by all team members, that visions chance of becoming a reality is greatly increased.
A few years ago I was at a conference. The speaker went through an exercise called “My perfect day,” where he described in vivid detail what his perfect day would consist of. Listening to his perfect day was very inspiring to everyone in the crowd, and I have since used it for myself and others to help visualize the future.
You can use the exercise yourself, all you have to do is ask yourself a few key questions.
Question 1: What type of business do I want?
Question 2: Where do I see this business going?
Questions 3: What do my employees look like?
Question 4: Who are my customers?
Question 5: How do I get there?
As you answer these questions, you will find yourself forming a picture in your head of your own perfect business. Is it everything you’ve ever hoped it would be? Yes?! Then what are you waiting for, having a vision is half the battle, so now that you have it, go out and make it happen!