The Plan - Vision Board Time... Finally!

This has been a weird year for me.

I usually try to have a plan when the year starts. In fact, when I started up, a little computer shop in town, I kind of thought I had a plan. Well, really, it was a plan, I just didn't like where it was going, so I pulled the plug on that a couple weeks ago.

I had some fuzzy ideas, and a few real goals, but not a working plan.

All the "gurus" will tell you you need a target, a goal, something to work toward. I didn't have one. I was drifting, lost, kind of just treading water. Waiting. Not a good way to be. But at the same time, I had a growing list of what I didn't want, and I really didn't want to get "trapped" into too many commitments, locally, if something worthwhile came up.

There were jobs I didn't bid on. Some projects I'm kind of pushing back.

"Without a dream, the people perish"

Or maybe its Without a Vision... Same diff right?

Part of my problem was I was getting down. Winter Blues. Just a vague ickiness.

So I needed to get a jump start on stuff. Exercise is always good to get things rolling. Endorphines are awesome! So I started training in earnest for the Cancer Ride, which is in June. Lets see, March, April, May, June... not much more than 100 days from now. I'll be riding about 100 KM per day for 2 days. I better get on with it!

But enough of that, what about the Vision Board, the Plan?

What is a Vision Board anyway?

Well, if you saw The Secret, John Assaraf does a really nice job of exlaining a vision board, and how effective they can be. Mike Dooley, also in The Secret, tells us "Thoughts are Things".

It goes something like this: What you think about, and especially when you mix emotions into it, tends to happen. Good emotions or bad emotions, but for now lets think about good things right?

So on the vision board, you put up pictures of things you want to happen. Then you spend some time during the day imagining those things, and what they will mean to you. Not just the "having of things" mind you, but what it will make you into, getting there.

For example, just having a million dollars doesn't really change you for the better. You're just a jerk with money, right? But if you become the kind of person who can help people, and in the process, you earn that million dollars, then you can feel like you are worthy of the money. Plus you can always give it away right? Can't give it away if you don't have it!

So the trick, then, is to find things that you get really excited about. Enthusiasm is key. You need something worth getting out of bed for right? What's your hot buttons?

Here are some of mine as of March, 2011.

Motorcycle Camping is FUN! I've done it before, and its awesome!

Wouldn't the motorhome look better surrounded by Sand and Sun, instead of Snow??

Love the car, but its not happy in snow!
Maybe more important than the pictures, are the quotes that are up there. Starting top left:

If you plan on being anything less than you are capable of being,
you will probably be unhappy all the days of your life".
Abraham Maslow

What comes first, the compass or the clock?

Before one can truly manage time (the clock),
it is important to know where you are going,
what your priorities and goals are,
in what direction you are headed (the compass).

Where you are headed is more important than how fast you are going.

Rather than always focusing on what's urgent,
learn to focus on what's really important.
--Author Unknown

"Don't ask what the world needs.
Ask what makes you come alive,
and go do it. Because what the world needs
is people who have come alive."
Dr. Howard Thurman

"Sometimes you've got to let everything go -
purge yourself. If you are unhappy with anything . . .
whatever is bringing you down, get rid of it.
Because you'll find that when you're free,
your true creativity, your true self comes out."
Tina Turner

"Every memorable act in the history of the world
is a triumph of enthusiasm.
Nothing great was ever achieved
without it because it gives
any challenge or any occupation,
no mater how frightening or difficult,
a new meaning.
Without enthusiasm
you are doomed to a life of mediocrity
but with it you can accomplish miracles."
Og Mandino

The Power of Focus is Mission Critical to your Success
by Roy Furr
(sorry, not going to type this whole thing, but here are the bullets)

  • Have a Big Reason Why
  • Make sure your goal is Big, Specific, and broken down into actionable steps
  • Find a source of greater accountability than yourself
  • Get up an hour earlier every day
  • Reward yourself for the little things

Something else that I'm keeping in mind when I look at this, which I will add, is that its important to first be thankful for what we already have. See, I already have the motorhome and the Porsche, so when I look at the board and see them, I appreciate what it took to get them, and I'm very happy about that. Both the motorhome and the Porsche I paid cash for, from jobs I did in 2010.

So first, Be Thankful for what you already have.

Next, Choose what to do next. Ok, you're thankful, and you've acknowledged what you've already accomplished. Using that as a starting point, what is next? For me, I'm looking at a new lifestyle. I've never been good at sitting still. I've never owned property, never been in a house or apartment for more than 2 or 3 years. Heck, I'm usually not in the same State or Province for more than a few years at a time. So, my plan for 2011 is to build a truly portable lifestyle. I'll be setting up the motorhome to both live in, and work in.

My Plan is evolving around what I can do with computers, without buying a lot of new gear. I like writing. Doing websites has potential. I have a good background in video. So moving forward from here, I'm looking at what I can do with what I have. And not be tied to one location. Kind of like that Internet Lifestyle they all talk about!

And Finally, The Tools, Resources, and Guides to get there. A vision board can be like a road map. You take where you are, where you want to go, and then plan the best route.

Tools - For me, its the Computers, Cameras, Software, and Skills I already have. I know the stuff I need already. Sure, there are always new things to learn, but its not like I have to start over here!

Resources - I already have the motorhome. I can live in it, travel in it, and work from it.

Guides - This I need to work on. I have never really been a good team player. Not so much that I didn't like the team idea, I just didn't have anyone available who was doing what I wanted to do! Now with the internet, that isn't the case. There are plenty of people who are doing similar things. Its just a matter of asking them. And I don't need one guide for all areas, either.

Now its just a matter of building toward my plan. Anything that doesn't fit the plan, gets pushed to the curb. Simple right?

By Carlin Comm posted on 2011-03-10 18:10:56