Episode 3 - Crafting Your Personal Vision

The Gridlock MBA Podcast

Episode 3 - Crafting Your Personal Vision

Episode Notes:

So where are you heading right now? Are you off to work? Between sales calls? On your way to a meeting?

How are you going to get there? Will you take the freeway? Cruise down side streets? Park your car and catch public transit?

What sorts of things will you do along the way? Put on your seat belt, start the car, put it in drive? Maybe stop for gas or grab a coffee?

You do this routine every day. You may not realize it, but you've demonstrated vision, planning, and execution skills. Vision in knowing where you want to go (your destination). Planning in deciding how you're going to get there (your route). And execution (starting your car, putting it in drive, scanning for hazards, and refining your course).

These are the same elements we'll use to help you grab the wheel and take control of your career. Take control of your life.

I'm Dennis Looney and this is The Gridlock MBA Podcast.

Welcome to Episode 3 of The Gridlock MBA Podcast, I'm your drive-time professor, Dennis Looney, here to help you advance your career while you tackle your commute. No bachelors degree required.

Today, we are going to craft a personal vision.

This is where people sigh and think, "vision is for people who don't take action on anything." Well, I'm here to challenge that way of thinking.

I learned about crafting a personal vision from a career coach and it's made a significant difference in how I approach my goal setting and execution. "Seeing" where you want to go is critical to lining up the milestones that will help get you there. And get you there faster, too.

As we discussed in the last episode, we all know we're supposed to write down our goals. But no one ever tells you to write down your vision.

But here's the thing: whether you realize it or not, your goals don't exist without a vision.

If you have a goal to lose weight, you actually have a vision to be healthier and more attractive. If you want a six-figure income, you actually have a vision to be more successful and be perceived by others as being successful. Vision always comes first. Vision is knowing where you want to go. You can see it. You can visualize it. It's your destination.

Goals are the milestones you'll encounter along the way. They're the route you're going to take.

Action (or tactics) are the things you will do along the way, like fasten your seat belt, stop to get gas, and listen to The Gridlock MBA Podcast.

This week's homework assignment is to get your 10 year vision down on paper. Here is the process:

  • Take 30 minutes to an hour to really think about the life you want ten years from now. This can be challenging because ten years is a long time. But trust the process. Think REALLY BIG. You don't need to worry so much about creating realistic goals here. This is a vision of the greatest life you can imagine ten years from now.

  • Some triggers to get you started:

  • What kind of home are you living in?

  • What title do you have in your job?

  • Are you self-employed?

  • Are you retired?

  • What kind of car do you drive?

  • Who surrounds you? Family? Friends?

Once you have your ten year vision down on paper, capture three goals that, when accomplished, will get you at least a little closer to that vision. Here's the trick - set goals that can be accomplished in 3 months. An awful lot can be accomplished in three months when you're disciplined about executing the tactics that will get you there. We'll cover that more in the next episode.

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Until next time, drive safe, and I'll see you soon.

Dennis