“If you are working on something exciting that you really care about, you don’t have to be pushed. The vision pulls you.” – Steve Jobs
We often overestimate what we can get done in one day.
Have you ever made a list of 15 things you want to get done and then feel let down when you only finish 8?
In the same way that we overestimate what we can do in one day, we tend to underestimate what we can accomplish over longer periods of time.
We can be horribly nearsighted!
Ten years ago, I had a vision of being the number one vocational rehabilitation counseling center in California. I had just started my business from my garage. People told me I was nuts. My ears echoed with:
What is wrong with you?
You shouldn’t be getting into this business, it’s a bad business!
All the other rehabilitation counselors are leaving the industry. (At that time, a new law passed that devastated the industry, limiting the amount a counselor can be paid per client from $3k-$4k to just $600.)
However, I had a strong conviction and I wanted to help injured workers return to work. I knew that opening a counseling center was what I needed to do. On top of that, I also had school-age children at home and I wanted to be a stay at home mom. I started my business from home so I could do both things.
Today, the Ortega Counseling Center is the largest center in California and that all happened because of my vision and the intention that I created. Having a 10 year vision is crucial to getting the life of your dreams.
In his book, The Top 10 Distinctions Between Millionaires and the Middle Class, entrepreneur Keith Cameron Smith writes that while most people think short-term, millionaires think long-term, which is why they are able to get more of what they want for themselves. He breaks society down into five groups, and explains how each group thinks:
The very poor think day to day.
Poor people think week to week.
The middle class thinks month to month.
The rich think year to year.
The very rich think decade to decade.
When you create a vision for your life, you start with the end in mind. You can’t have a dream come true if you don’t have a dream! Having a vision that you believe in makes tough times easier to bear and it makes the good times more rewarding. If you have a few bad months, or even a bad year, it’s just a bump in the road.
Ten-year goals are close enough for you to believe in, and far enough away to move your life in the direction that you want it to go.
Long-term thinking gives your life purpose and direction.
Take the time to create the whole picture for yourself. In ten years, where would you like things to stand with your finances, health, career, travel, adventure, relationships, personal development, and projects? Write it all down and refer to it often, especially as you make decisions about your life.
Once you have a long-term plan, you can set mid-term and short-term goals that will allow you to achieve that long term plan. The vision should include daily, weekly, and monthly benchmarks, as well.
The most important thing about your vision is that you have one. Your vision drives you to action. I’ve seen it happen time and time again. If you want the life of your dreams to become a reality, this is the single biggest step you can take at this exact moment.
I promise you’ll feel better when you stop being pushed by fear and start being pulled by your vision.
*Hazel Ortega is a serial-entrepreneur and author of the Amazon bestselling book, From Bounced Checks to Private Jets: The Mastery of Miracles.