Maintaining Momentum – it’s easier than you think

momentum

“…the enthusiasm associated with the start of something never provides enough momentum to complete it.”
~ Andy Stanley

This is why your weekend project to repaint the garage never got done.  It’s why that model never got finished and the 5,000 piece puzzle is gathering dust on the living room table. It’s why you haven’t put in any time toward your vision lately. … Read more…

Making memories

joy and sadness

joy and sadness

“Don’t forget to make some memories with the ones you love along the way.”
~ Rhonda Gipson-Willis

My friends at Skylight Leadership took a break from their busy work lives and went to see a movie – Inside Out. The movie reminded them that while all emotions are important, we have to work to keep joy in the forefront.

I also saw the movie, and not having the clinical background they do, something else struck me. Every time there was sadness (yes I nearly cried twice), it was a precursor to some serious happiness.

As you work on your vision, you’ll encounter all of the feelings on display in the movie – anger, sadness, fear, disgust, and joy. For some reason, we seem to dwell on the negative emotions – we remember the times when we were angry and afraid. We dote on the times we were really sad. We don’t need a photo album for these! They dominate our memories without any assistance from us.

Our joyful memories on the other hand don’t get as much play. We use pictures, stories, and home movies to help us remember these moments in our lives. Wouldn’t it be great if we could hold joy in our hearts as long as we hold a grudge?

You will have many challenges while you work toward your vision.

You’ll also have some great moments of joyful success and insight! Take pictures! Take some movies and write down some anecdotes. Share the stories. Document the successes.

Take time to enjoy the joyful moments.

Remember, your vision will make the world a better place!

Marty

Oh the weather outside is frightful

blizzard

blizzard

“Success seems to be largely a matter of hanging on after others have let go.”

~ William Feather

Cold doesn’t quite give it justice. High winds, snow, and cold. Lousy visibility, slippery roads and bad drivers. I probably should have stayed home. Since I was late (after an hour and a half of shoveling), I ended up parking in a different zip code and fought the weather in for the long walk to work.

At times like this, fighting through the (very) cold snow smacking me in the face, it’s hard to think about anything other than getting warm. It’s hard to keep my vision in mind.

There are many trials and tribulations we’ll encounter which will make us want to put our vision on the back burner. Regardless if your vision is a large world changer or will just change your own life, it’s hard to focus on it when the “real world” intrudes.

Perhaps your vision is already on the back burner. Perhaps you’re waiting for the right time in your life, when all of the worries, cares, and problems are taken care of. Perhaps you’re thinking you’ll get to it later.

Pause for effect.

That’s a really bad idea. Remember, you don’t have to “work” on your vision to help propel it along. All you have to do is keep it up front, on the front burner, on your tongue. Share it often. Sharing your vision is the most important part of making your dream come true.

So forget the back burner. Waiting is not an option.

Shout it from the roof tops or share it on line. Tell your friends and family. Then tell everyone else you know. And then start telling all the people you don’t know.

Remember, Your Vision Will Change the World.

Networking is a Necessity

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The way of the world is meeting people through other people.

~ Robert Kerrigan

It’s not only the “way of the world” but it’s one of the major tools at your disposal for getting your vision to come true. That means being a “Connector” – part of your job as a visionary is connecting others…doers with dreamers, dreamers with other dreamers, yourself with anyone who can help your vision come true.

Remember:

  1. Enlist others. You can’t do it alone – your vision is too big for you to make happen on your own.
  2. If what they want to do helps the vision, then get out of their way…or better yet, support them. They don’t have to be doing what you want or what you would do, or the way you’d do it.
  3. Share your vision freely. It should be the answer to the common question, “so what do you do?”
  4. Always look for opportunities to share your vision. If you’re living your vision, more and more opportunities will come your way. Keep your eyes, ears, and heart open to them.

Your job as a visionary is to Share It, Preach It, Champion It, and Connect It.

So, who have you Connected this week? Come on…you should be making new connections (either for yourself or others) every DAY. So, one per week is underachieving.

I ask again, who have you Connected this week?

Remember, Your Vision Won’t Change the World Without Your Help,

Marty