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How to create a personal vision

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25th Feb 2013
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Workplace wellness expert Liggy Webb has more goal-setting tips for the community.

"The vision that you glorify in your mind, the ideal that you enthrone in your heart, this you will build your life by, and this you will become." - Anonymous

It’s empowering to know that we are so much more in control than we may sometimes think we are. The power of the mind and the ability to transport ourselves into our desired state is totally within our grasp. Creating a personal vision is a powerful thing to do. Knowledge is a wonderful thing; however, the real power in knowledge is making things happen. Here are a few things that you can do to keep yourself on track to achieving your goals and whatever you aspire to be.

  • Share your vision with someone close to you - family members, your close friends - who will support you, or someone at work. The moment you share your dreams with other people, you are putting commitment into them and you will have no other choice but to achieve them -a bit like a second conscience.
  • Visualise and affirm your goal every morning as soon as you wake up and right before you go to bed. Many people fail to do this because they think that this does not work. If you do this, you will begin to positively activate your intention and you will motivate yourself by visualising the achievement of your goals. Put your written goals or visionary board/picture beside your bed so that you can look at it you sleep and when you wake up.
  • Take at least three action steps each day to make sure that you move closer toward what you want in your life. If you are serious in making your dreams come true, you must take consistent action every day.
  • Make it happen because there are three types of people in life. Those that make things happen, those who watch things happen and those who wonder what happened!

Remember, it is what you do after you create your vision that will determine your success. It is all about getting things done, and as long as you take the necessary action, you will achieve results.

It is often too easy to give up; however, persistence is closely linked with discipline and in accomplishing your goals one feeds off and supports the other.

The classic speech that Winston Churchill made on 29 October 1941 to the boys at Harrow School encapsulates the determination required in challenging times:

"Never, never, in nothing great or small, large or petty, never give in except to convictions of honour and good sense. Never yield to force; never yield to the apparently overwhelming might of the enemy."

Persistence and determination are what will keep you going in times of confusion or when things are not going the way you want them to. Your persistent drive will be the clear knowledge of what you really want out of life, what matters to you and having a purpose that you can be proud and motivated about. This indeed is the light at the end of the tunnel.

Certainly life can be very challenging and it does seem that some people have more than their fair share of pain to deal with. However, remember it is all relative and throughout your lifetime, it is inevitable that you will all have to cope with all sorts of challenges and setbacks.

It may feel sometimes as if you are taking one step forward and two steps back, almost as if you are doing a little dance with life. The key however is to keep moving and to not lose the faith that you can achieve so many things if you remain positive, persistent and hopeful.

"I believe every human has a finite number of heartbeats. I don’t intend to waste any of mine" - Neil Armstrong

Liggy Webb’s new book Resilience ( Published by Capstone ) is out on February 15th 2013. Liggy is widely respected as a leading expert in the field of modern life skills and workplace wellness. She is the founding director of The Learning Architect a consortium of niche industry experts. For more info visit www.liggywebb.com and www.thelearningarchitect.com. For access to more toolkits and information you can email Liggy here

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