Smart Way #3: Establishing your vision

Last week we summarised the first steps in believing in your dreams, and your ability to make them happen. This week Smart Way 03 will help create that vision. Why? It is vital to have a clear vision and strong goals to make your dreams happen.

The clearer the vision, the fewer the choices, the easier the decisions

This comes easily to some people – it seems to be in their nature to be able to find an obvious pathway and remain undistracted. But that’s not the case for most of us.

Sometimes we find ourselves swamped with too many options – these create confusion and lead to procrastination. Think about eating at a smorgasbord. You want it all…but you don’t know what you really want!

Clear vision creates focus – a great example is olden day cart horses fitted with ‘blinkers’ so they could only see straight ahead. Quite literally shielded from distractions, they simply focused their strength on pulling a cart.

A clear vision does the same for us. When you are clear about your goals, the number of distracting alternatives is reduced. If you’re saving to go overseas and an opportunity comes up to go to an expensive concert, the decision not to go to the concert is pretty much made for you.

Read more about making decisions on time and energy in Making It On my Own; 52 Ways to Smash It in the Real World. Buy the e-book or paper copy