Past, Present and Future: What is your VISION?

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Registered: 12-31-2010
Past, Present and Future: What is your VISION?
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Wed, 01-02-2013 - 4:07pm

Many of us have been here a while, and some are new members. Sometimes it helps to motivate us into future goals if we reflect a bit on our past, then look at where we want to go.   So instead of the normal "goals for 2013" I would like to challenge everyone to look further.

Studies show over and over again that those with firm goals, tend to achieve more than those who do not have any goals. 

My husband and I have been doing a lot of goal planning, not just this year, but our entire time together.  Personally, I have always been a very goal oriented person, maybe too much so as I know that if you really want to give God a good laugh, just make a plan.  But recently my husband attended a wonderful leadership course and learned about VISIONING - or really forming a vision of what you want your future to look like, starting with a "proud list" or a list of accomplishments, envisioning a future, sharing the vision with those around you and then creating a plan to allow the vision to come to life.  This is not just a vision for the next year, but more of a vision of what you see a decade from now.  We are working to find that vision together and mine really took a huge step last year as I took a huge leap toward my ideal career.

So to do this, start with some simple questions:

1.  What am I most proud of?  What are your greatest accomplishments, skills, hobbies, interests, etc.

2.   Now sit back and close your eyes (after you read this entire step, of course.) If you were to have a twin, who would leave earth and go for a space ride that took 10 years, then could come back and knock on your door to face you one decade from today, what would you be doing?  Where would you live? How would your life look? NO, how would you in imagination wish your life looked?  Put that vision on paper, or share it with us if you so dare to do so.

3.  Who do you need to share your vision with?  (Spouse, Significant other, parent, co-worker or boss, or employees?)  Are you open to input on the vision?

4.  What is standing in your way to initial moving toward your vision?  What can you list as goals for 2013 to move toward your vision (besides creating one to begin with.)

 

Tips:  When times get tough, keep going and sticking with your vision.

If the vision is no longer sound, it can be revised, it is a vision, not a photo!

Share your vision with others - it makes it more real!!

 

 

#Marie

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 1. What am I most proud of? What are your greatest accomplishments, skills, hobbies, interests, etc.

I have an MBA, 25 years of business background, 5 years experience as an adjunct business professor, financial certifications and licenses. I love talking to people about finances as well as teaching. I am a DR counselor, and have a passion in this field. I have been through personal financial success and difficulty including divorce, death of a spouse, job loss, parenting, seeing my parents go through retirement, and caring about people and their families.

Our family has paid off over $100k in debt in less than 4 years, while tripling our net worth and increasing our savings for retirement by 30%. We have dealt with job changes, blended families and the needs of teenagers. We are educating two children at very high level institutions, and instilling family values.

2. Now sit back and close your eyes (after you read this entire step, of course.) If you were to have a twin, who would leave earth and go for a space ride that took 10 years, then could come back and knock on your door to face you one decade from today, what would you be doing? Where would you live? How would your life look? NO, how would you in imagination wish your life looked? Put that vision on paper, or share it with us if you so dare to do so.

I see myself in my local financial office, connected with many business and social groups in the area. I spend time teaching and meeting with clients to help with their concerns. I help people who cannot afford expensive counselors and teach financial concepts to young adults. I would like to be the most highly respected female advisor in the two county area.

I seem myself often entertaining family and clients at local restaurants or at our home. Speaking of our home, it is a cozy, open concept design, 3 bedrooms, in warm tones with a big fireplace in the great room, surrounded by open spaces and woods. We still have our log cabin at the lake, but have done some remodeling to it to make it more energy efficient, and family friendly while adding a garage for items needed there.

We work with a local charity to help people who are in need and need help to fill a gap between jobs, or sponsor families in need locally with a connection to those families to act as mentors and guides when needed.

We do some travel to warm areas to break up the winter, and have gone skiing with my daughter and her "husband" (kind of envision her married in 10 years - HEY, it is MY vision!) I have an open schedule so I can watch a "grandchild" one day a week or so.

Both kids are now taking care of themselves, are gainfully employed, and come by often to visit.

3. Who do you need to share your vision with? (Spouse, Significant other, parent, co-worker or boss, or employees?) Are you open to input on the vision?

I need to share with my husband so he knows my clear intent about what our home into retirement should look like. I will work with my partner at the office to create the corporate vision I am striving for, but I am already firmly down that path.

I think my kids know my vision, and that I want to help them with their lives, but want them to be independent - but what they do is their vision and not mine as long as I am not still paying for the roof over their heads.

4. What is standing in your way to initial moving toward your vision? What can you list as goals for 2013 to move toward your vision (besides creating one to begin with.)

I need to take one more exam this quarter as well as pursue another financial designation to help women. I need to connect with women's groups and do at least 3 more educational events this year. I need to do more free counseling through DR program with area churches to help those who wish guidance.

Financially this year, I have a goal of income I need to make each month and how that is divided. I just need to plot in the activity needed in order to reach that income level. We need to pay down the last $20k of unsecure debt (hospital, CC, and my student loan.)  We need to refinance our current house and keep income up to pay off our cabin and college for the kids.

#Marie

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