Resolve to Hold the Vision
We’re into the first week of the New Year. How are those resolutions holding up? What’s working and what have you “put off” till tomorrow? The problem with most resolutions is they are about fixing yourself, giving up stuff that’s not good for you or avoiding what you don’t want to happen again this year. None of it is very appealing.
What is exciting and affirming and joyous is having a vision or passion that gives your business or your life meaning and purpose. Now that’s something to sink you teeth into.
If you were to write a Vision/Passion Statement for yourself or your organization, what would it say? What are you passionate about? What drives you to jump out of bed in the morning; eager to create something wonderful, something that matters? How would you answer the questions, “Why does my organization exist?” “Why did I launch this personal or professional enterprise?” “What’s my gift to the world?”
These sound like heavy, ponderous questions. But you already have the answers! You just haven’t taken the time recently to focus on them. A Vision Statement is not something you write with your head, but from your heart. It isn’t based on a percentage increase over our last accomplishment, but based on a clear view of what’s possible. It is the essence of what that Passion brings to our lives and our organizations.
It’s easy to feel great about our lives or businesses when things are going just the way we want, cash is flowing in, customers are calling, and our goals are being surpassed. But what keeps us going on those days when we wonder why we ever went into business or started this personal venture? A simple, relevant Vision/Passion Statement reminds us of why we do what we do.
A dear friend and colleague, Margaret Shepherd has just released her book “The Visionbuilders’ Manual: 9 Steps To Panormamic Success For Your Company, Career Or Cause She says “Increasing your business success means increasing your personal power – and the right vision does that like nothing else.”
She adds, “How does vision empower your business? It is nothing less than your brand, your guiding direction, your criteria for decisions, your inspiration and your strength. It is your economy of resources and your peace of mind. It is your team-builder and your best corporate culture. The deeper your devotion to your vision, the greater it’s benefits.” Visit the Vision Builder Institute here.
Over the next few weeks, we’ll explore the logistics of visioning, taking vision from idea to action, inspiring others to share the vision and what it takes to allow the vision to evolve.
An ancient philosopher and mystic, Patanjali, said “When you are inspired by some great purpose, some extraordinary project, all your thoughts break their bonds: your mind transcends limitations, your consciousness expands in every direction and you find yourself in a new, great and wonderful world. Dormant forces, faculties and talents become alive, and you discover yourself to be a greater person by far than you ever dreamed yourself to be.”
Blessings and Peace, Marla
P.S. If you feel good about your vision and would like to start manifesting that vision check out our upcoming 5 week Tele-Seminar Series: The 4 Pillars of Spiritual Entrepreneurship beginning in early February.
Marla Riegel is the founder of The Inspired Business Center based in Lakewood Colorado. The Inspired Business Center collaborates with Entrepreneurs and Executives to transform their companies through a balance of practical spirituality, value-centered leadership and consistent profitability. Our team of experts guides clients on a path starting with an articulated, shared stakeholder vision to the results of fulfilling their organization’s purpose, satisfying customers, increasing profit margins and enhancing owner equity. Our approach combines purposeful people, best business practices, and proven systems.
You are welcome to more fully explore “Where Spirituality, Leadership and Profitability Meet” by visiting: http://www.theinspiredbusiness.com