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What’s your “Compelling Vision for the Future?”

By Jeff Griswold on March 6, 2012 / Categories: Blog, Tips and Tricks / 1 comment

Dave McSpadden and Jeff Griswold

Today I want to share a story of a thought-provoking question and a simple technique to help you achieve your goals!

Last month I was fortunate enough to be a judge for a wonderful event which was essentially an American Idol-style competition for elite motivational speakers. It was a challenging task, given that the field consisted of 12 very talented keynote speakers.

But there was one moment during the week-long event that really stuck with me. It was during dinner with a sub-group of the competitors when the man next to me, Dave McSpadden, asked a question of one of the other speakers.

Dave is a fantastic guy with a calm, easy demeanor and a wonderful outlook on life. He is the author of the bestselling book Gonna Jump?…Take a Parachute!: Harnessing Your Power of Choice. And he also happens to be the person who eventually won the Elite Speaker competition that week. But his one simple question was a great wake up call for me and everyone else at the table. His question to one of the other speakers was:

“What’s your compelling vision for the future?”

Fortunately, the question was directed at somebody else and I was very interested in hearing her response.  But I could see immediately that she wasn’t prepared to answer the question. In fact, she seemed uneasy – as if she hadn’t really thought about it before. And it didn’t take me – or any of the other people at the table – more than 2 seconds to think, “What am I going to say when he turns to me and asks that question?”

I think we’re all familiar with that feeling of dread; that feeling you get when your teacher announces a pop quiz on the only day that you didn’t do your assigned reading the night before. In this case, it’s the feeling you get when someone asks you to articulate your goals for the future when you’ve been so caught up with your day-to-day life that you haven’t thought more than a week ahead for the last few years.

So, rather than talk about our specific “compelling visions for the future,” we talked about how important it is to have a compelling vision for the future and to be able to articulate it at any given moment.

Telling other people about your vision for the future is not the important part. What is important is to have that vision clearly defined for yourself and be conscious of it every day. Because it’s what you do every day, the decisions that you make every day, the motivation that drives you every day that will lead you from where you are today to where you really want to be in the future. Like they say, if you don’t know where you are going you’ll never know when you get there.

After I got over my initial wave of dread, I was comforted by the fact that I do, indeed, have a compelling vision for my future. But the discussion made me aware that I do not visit this vision often enough.

Once you have a vision, how do you get there?

This discussion also allowed me to share a great technique that helps you not only articulate your aspirations, but to clearly visualize the path you need to take to get there.

This technique is fully explained in the book Attract Money and More and it’s also incorporated in our audio program How to Attract Money. I call the technique “future story telling.”

All you need to do is to is get into a relaxed, comfortable position and close your eyes. Once you’re relaxed, allow yourself to imagine the future you desire. Make sure to fill in all the details – where you live, what car you drive, who is around you, what the weather is like, etc. Allow yourself to dwell on this for a while and let yourself feel the satisfaction, contentment and peace that comes with the achievement of a long-term goal.

Now, imagine you are there with a friend and you begin telling your friend the story of how you got there. Describe the path you took, the decisions you made, the obstacles you overcame, and the help you received along the way. Again, be as detailed as you can and have fun with it. You are writing a script, but it’s the script for your future so you should make it fun.

What’s amazing is that when you put yourself in the future, the path you need to take to get there is often crystal clear. And often, what may have previously seemed impossible to achieve becomes much more doable.

This exercise allows you to eliminate the doubt and worry that can cloud your view of the future. And it will give you confidence in knowing that while you certainly will face obstacles along the way, you can approach those obstacles as someone who has already overcome them. It can be quite liberating.

So, please, try it today and share your thoughts below. In fact, try it every day for the next couple of weeks and let us know how it has changed your outlook. I’d love to hear your story!

– Jeff Griswold






P.S. Here’s that book by Dave McSpadden that I mentioned above.

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