In order to multiply your results in all areas of life, it’s critical that you have a compelling and exciting vision of your future. If your future vision isn’t significantly better than what your life looks like now, why change anything?
Entrepreneurs with a clear, well-articulated picture of the future have a distinct advantage. Vision, especially a vision of something bigger than yourself, has a way of drawing the most useful talent and resources to you and igniting the passion of like-minded individuals who can contribute to making it a reality.
As an entrepreneur, your ability to take advantage of the endless multipliers available through technology, systems, structures, and relationships is dependent on having a concept of yourself and your future that’s bigger than where you are right now. Progress depends on your ability to see a bigger
future in any situation. When you know where you’re going, you instinctively start looking for — and finding — the multipliers that will get you there.
The most direct and powerful way we’ve found to evoke a compelling vision of the future is to ask a very specific question:
“If we were meeting here three years from today, looking back over those three years, what has to have happened, both personally and professionally, for you to feel happy with your progress?”
Why three years? It’s the year after the year after next. One year can feel a bit too short to make major improvements, and five years can seem too far away and unpredictable. Three years feels about right: You can imagine life being a lot better without it being a complete mystery.
Unless it’s something you revisit regularly, your vision is going to get lost in the shuffle. It just happens. There are so many day-to-day concerns demanding your immediate attention that staying connected with your vision can be a real challenge.
Regular, focused attention on, and conversation about, your vision has a dramatic effect on your progress.Without this focus, you can still grow, just more slowly. With it, you’ll experience exciting improvements in your client base, your health, your personal relationships, the quality of your support
team, and your satisfaction with your work and your life.