By Stacy Zemon
Have you ever known people who just don’t seem to be able to get their idea off the ground? They seem stuck, or unmotivated. They’re not lazy; they just don’t know what to do.
The problem is, they lack Vision, which makes taking action very difficult.
Conversely, we’ve all seen people who have a knack for busyness. They’re constantly working hard with lots of activity but never achieving meaningful results. They miss the mark in spite of their activity.
It’s like being the fastest runner in a cross country race but getting lost, running off course and being disqualified. Activity alone does not guarantee success.
You see, to be truly successful in life or business, you need Vision and Action. The two are inseparable and vital to success.
Like Attracts Like
There has been a lot of talk about the Law of Attraction in recent years with the release of the book and film called “The Secret.”
This is not a new concept. People have been talking about the belief that “like attracts like” for hundreds if not thousands of years. Most people have no problem accepting that our thoughts affect the outcomes in our lives.
However, the belief that a person can sit on a hill dreaming of yachts and sports cars without a plan or action and have those things appear in his life is simply ridiculous. You have to take it a step further. Our thoughts are very important and we have to make sure we are thinking the right way.
Focusing your intention, gives you Vision. You could say this activates the Law of Attraction. Focusing your attention and doing the work is what brings the actual success in my view.
I recommend that my clients use a S.M.A.R.T. (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, Time-Bound) approach to goal-setting.
When you figure out what you want (Dream) and write down a few directions to get there (Goal) and some concrete steps or activities to achieve those goals (Plan); suddenly you’re motivated with an energy and excitement you didn’t have before. You start working on the problem (Action) and making progress.
Make sure you spend the time necessary visualizing your dreams of how you want your life and business to be. This is a difficult first step for many, but it must precede developing your goals, plans, and actions.
The Action you take working on the plan after you have achieved Vision will be meaningful and purposeful, resulting in the Success of achieving your dreams.