Vision: GPS for your instrument panel

by Business Coach Chuck


Vision discovery is a very proactive, constructive, energizing process of self-discovery that starts with a process that takes between thirty and ninety days.

Each day write one or both of the following things:
1. One thing that is important to you.
2. One thing that you believe to be true.

Each is only a sentence. Write only one or two sentences daily, but do it everyday. Just write them down without any thought of what is going to be done with this information.

The idea here is to get a picture of your beliefs and priorities through a period of time that is long enough to capture the tenor of your life as you live it.

After 30 Days: divide your beliefs and priorities into categories.

Make your own categories.

Perhaps you have: Money, Health, Family &Philanthropy.

If you have several items that are more specific such as investment beliefs or priorities related to money, or cholesterol health, or instead of philanthropy in general, maybe the local theatre or religious organization is special to you.

Make your categories specific enough to be meaningful to you and broad enough to comprise multiple entries of your list.

After doing this, if you feel that the categories are complete, then stop doing this exercise. The goal here is NOT to make a complete catalogue of all your beliefs and priorities. Rather, the goal to get a balanced representation of your beliefs and priorities.

So, if this goal has been achieved, move on. If not, do it for another 30 days and one more time if needed. There are no merit badges for doing it in 30 days when 90 days are needed. The merit badge, for doing it the right amount of time, is the foundation that this process provides.

Next: what have you learned about yourself?
Just the categories can be enlightening. Some people that think that they are really focused on money find out that family is much more important. The opposite may be true. Or, the things about money or family or charitable giving or hobbies that are important, are different than we think.

Beliefs are what drive us. It was said by a Spanish poet that there is no such thing as Beliefs OR Ideas, only Beliefs AND Ideas. Our beliefs are the frame through which we see the world.

Challenge Beliefs and Priorities that are not working:
Understanding what we believe is imperative. An individual once told me that, “I know it is important to believe that if I work hard and do the right thing, the right thing will happen.” It became obvious that he believed that belief was important, but ultimately, he did not believe the core belief itself. He toiled without belief in a positive outcome.
His disbelief in a proportional result from hard work contributed heavily to a lack of focus on his positive vision, because he really did not think it was going to happen. Our Vision is like a GPS, global positioning system. Our vision sets us on our course. And our vision is founded in our belief. In this particular case, he wanted to take the potency out
of that disbelief because he could see how it was impacting his ability to achieve his positive values.

It is a core belief of mine, and of the coaching system
that I have developed, that a belief or priority that is
detrimental to our greater good is, de facto, irrational.

I will continue on with the above example. One of the situations in his past pertained to a position he once held and produced great bottom-line outcomes. He was rewarded by getting the ax. As an astute businessperson, he is probably completely correct in his
assessment of what happened and why. One reason for his termination was his age. I put it to him this way, “So, then, you have generalized this to mean that because you are in your fifties, you can’t make a lot of money.”

"Well no.”

“I was going to say, there are lots of examples to the contrary. Do you know any?”

“Quite a few.”

“How many of them know as much as you do about their line of work as you know about yours?”

“I can safely say that I’m at the top of my field.”

“And are there people in your field that make money?”

“Tons.”

Being a bright guy, he saw the absurdity of the belief that he had generalized from a single injustice. We explored the impact of that belief. If there is a belief or priority that is contrary to your greater good, trace it back to its core and root it out. There may be
issues that come up here that require more intense therapy. If so, see a therapist. Maybe a therapist is not needed. The point is, whatever it takes, weed out the garden, give the lush plants a place to spread out and grow.

This coaching method is all about giving your strengths space. The only reason to focus on any negative – or weakness - is to get rid of it. If it takes therapy, do it. If it simply means realizing that jumping to such a generalization is absurd, and letting the thought vanish like steam from a kettle, do it. Whatever it takes, do it and move on, do it
and move on.

This is a process. What you are left with after going through this process, are your positive, constructive beliefs and priorities upon which to craft your goals and objectives, which are the real stuff of your vision. With that belief and vision, the journey is begun.