Staying Focused With a Vision and Positive Affirmations

motivational slogans sayingsIt is a brand new year. It is that time again where we make New Year’s resolutions about a lot of things…losing weight… exercising more… volunteering, etc. We also sometimes decide that we are going to change jobs, prepare for a promotion, go back to school to get new skills, or many other career related goals. The problem is such goals usually lose momentum by March. We get into the day to day grind and forget about our long term focus. This month we will try to give you helpful tips about staying true to your dreams and realizing your goals.

The old saying goes we believe what we see but we actually see what we believe.  Believing in yourself, being able to envision yourself living your dreams goes a long way to actualizing your goal.

In business a vision statement is a “picture” of the future state of organization.  It articulates what the company aspires to be or do.  The vision for Toyota is an example: Toyota will lead the way to the future of mobility, enriching lives around the world with the safest and most responsible ways of moving people.

What is your vision for yourself?  Can you picture what you will be doing when you achieve your vision? What will it look like? What will other people say about you? What feelings will you experience? What would the headlines read if a reporter interviewed you for the newspaper?  The ability to actually see yourself living out your vision is the first step to achieving your goals.

After you have articulated your vision, develop a vision board, a tool used to help you clarify, concentrate on and maintain focus on a particular goal. It is a graphical representation displaying images of whatever you want to be, do or have in your life.  If your vision is to own your own computer software company, you could create a vision board showing what your company will look like, where you will be working, who your clients will be and how much profit you will make.  You can continually add to your vision board as you refine your goals.  The vision board should be in plain sight so that you see it every day. You can use a cork board and cut out pictures from books and magazines or there is now vision board software you can use.

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Once you have developed your vision board, you can reinforce your goals with daily affirmations. An affirmation is a short positive statement that you say to yourself, declaring you are already in the state or the place that you want to be.  Therefore, affirmations should be written and spoken in the present tense, using words that mean something to you. Affirmations should be specific, articulating what you feel, who you are and how you are.

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For example here are some affirmations that one might use if their vision is to own their own computer software company:

I am a successful business owner of a computer software company.

I am creative and innovative providing the best services to my clients.

I am happy and satisfied now that I own my own company.

I am energized and passionate about my work.

I wake up every day healthy and whole, ready for new and exciting challenges.

It has been scientifically proven that positive thoughts lead to positive outcomes. Shedding negative thinking and replacing it with a positive vision and affirmations will transform your life.

 

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