Day 28 of the 2011 December Blogging Challenge - Seeing It Before It Happens

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"Picture yourself in your minds eye as having already achieved this goal.  See yourself doing the things you'll be doing when you have reached your goal."  Earl Nightingale  a



Many people have a written business plan but few have a written business vision. Today I asked all of my team - 16 of them - to write out at least two paragraphs of their vision of what they want their life and business to look like for one year from today - December 28, 2012. I wanted them to take the time to "see" themselves in their mind's eye one year from now. Yesterday, my post was about VISION and how you should always have a VISION before a PLAN.


My team was anxious to give me their "plan" which included their goals for 2012 but were a little reluctant to give me their VISION. It feels so risky. It is so transparent. It could make one feel so vulnerable. But it is so powerful.

Why not give it a try?  Write your vision.  Make it real.  Read it daily for the next year.  Do one thing each day that moves you closer to that reality.  And then in one year see if you are not closer than ever before to the life and business you have envisioned. 

VISION.  Helen Keller said, "It is a terrible thing to see and have no vision."










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Don Sabinske
Don Sabinske, Sabinske & Associates Inc. - Zimmerman, MN
Sabinske & Associates Inc.

This is great advice.  Thanks, Louise.  And, I will check out the suits in boots, too.

Dec 28, 2011 07:40 AM #1
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


A plan without a vision is like putting the horse before the cart.  A vision drives everything!  A

Dec 28, 2011 07:42 AM #2
Debbe Perry
Real Living Carolina Property - Morganton, NC
828.439.3084 Morganton/Lake James NC

Wow, Louise, what a good idea to have your team write out their vision for the year. You're right, goals are important, but vision is essential!

I, too, will check out the Suits in Boots.

All the best in 2012!

Dec 28, 2011 07:43 AM #3
Louise Thaxton NMLS 69996
Fairway Independent Mortgage Corp Louisiana NMLS#2289 Equal Housing Lender - Leesville, LA
Military Mtg Specialist - 866-960-9115 VA FHA USDA

Don - Thanks - and definitely check out www.SuitsInBoots.Net! 

A - You are right on - getting horse before the horse for sure!  Must have a vision.

Debbe - Vision IS essential - and be sure to check out the SuitsInBoots.Net video - you will love it! 

Dec 28, 2011 08:11 AM #4
Cindy Jones
Integrity Real Estate Group - Woodbridge, VA
Pentagon, Fort Belvoir & Quantico Real Estate News

A vision statement is usually the first part of a business plan.  Sounds like you have your team headed in the right direction.

Dec 28, 2011 09:05 AM #5
Louise Thaxton NMLS 69996
Fairway Independent Mortgage Corp Louisiana NMLS#2289 Equal Housing Lender - Leesville, LA
Military Mtg Specialist - 866-960-9115 VA FHA USDA

Thanks, Cindy!  I appreciate you so much - you are an inspiration to me!


Dec 28, 2011 09:14 AM #6
Joetta Fort
The DiGiorgio Group - Arvada, CO
Independent Broker, Homes Denver to Boulder

I love this concept, and it applies in many ways. An inability to see something before it's 'real' is what keeps home buyers from snagging that well-priced but messy house, because it 'needs so much work', when really all it needs is a good cleaning and coat of paint.

Dec 28, 2011 09:23 AM #7
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