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How to Be a Long-term Visionary in a Short-term World

Henry David Thoreau the American author, philosopher, poet and historian had a lot to say in his time that still resonates with truth in our time.

Here’s one of his thoughts that directly relates to the topic of this article.  He said:

It’s not what you look at that matters, it is what you see.

Regardless of your role in life—entrepreneur, career person, your personal life—you are well-served to take Thoreau’s thought to heart.

Without a statement of where you see yourself out in the future, you really don’t know what to do with yourself now.

Your future is the offshoot of your actions today.

When you define what you want to be, do or have in the future through a clearly written, concise Vision Statement that future becomes more secure.

Think about it this way…every great motivational author or speaker has contended for decades you must have written goals, if you truly expect to achieve those goals.  As I have said in previous articles:

A goal only in the head is already dead!

While a Vision Statement is not the same as a goal statement, there is a direct relationship.  The Vision Statement serves as the visual catalyst for creating your future goals.

Your goals today must be congruent with your vision for tomorrow or you will be floundering in chaotic and poorly directed effort.  Or, to paraphrase Thoreau, you will be looking at the wrong things.

Like most of us the here and now in our lives (the short-term) can seem to be the urgent thing to deal with.  Yes—but when you emphasize doing the short-term things that are in line with your long-term vision urgency turns to serenity.

If you buy into all of this, your challenge then becomes figuring out how to be a long-term visionary.

First, is to become an action oriented person.  In other words, when you have developed that Vision Statement, turn your focus to taking appropriate actions toward realizing the vision.

Next, you have to make every decision relevant to your vision.  Yes, you’re going to be making decisions in your life that have nothing to do with your vision.  However, the majority of your decisions have to be focused on achieving your vision.

Become a creator of the circumstances in your life.  To put that another way, don’t be a “woe is me” whiner about the surprises in your life.  Create opportunity out of the surprises.

Recognize you can’t do it all yourself.  Achieving a vision is always a team effort if for no other reason than you learn from other people who you respect.

Your vision for your future inevitably means you want to become something different than what you are today.  You can’t do that without constantly striving to broaden your base of knowledge.

I like to put the philosophy behind that thought this way.

Life is not about retiring.  It is about constantly aspiring.

Roadblocks between you and reaching your vision are inevitable.  You remain a visionary in the face of those roadblocks by seeing under them; around them; over them; through them.

The roadblocks must be seen as opportunities to get to your vision by learning from them not being defeated by them.

You can become anything your Vision Statement says you want to become.  It’s a matter of seeing your vision in passionate detail and not looking for uninspired excuses.

climber-505285_1920What do you “see” as to what you want to become in the future?  What is the first visionary thing you are going to do about it?

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Crop of GNCC ShotMindstate mentor, author, trainer and speaker, Gary Greenfield (@LifeRider) provides self-employed people inspirational insight and concise business ideas to help improve mindstate and minimize stress. He believes a mindstate that is positive and stress that is minimized helps self-employed people better profit through performance.

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