Planning

Something to Guide You

Any company you’ve ever worked for probably has a mission, vision and values. The idea is that they should be the basis for everything they do. Your life really is no different. What could be more important than your ultimate success and fulfillment? There’s no way to know exactly what steps to take as you pursue your dreams. However, your direction has to come from a clear understanding of what matters to you. You need your own personal mission, vision, and values to serve as a compass when you need direction. They are the foundation for planning.

You can chart a map to your dreams by creating your own personal mission, vision and values.

Now, that said, I recognize that that’s not the easiest thing to do. It’s an exercise that will require many rewrites. You will have to research, conduct interviews, and come up with and ponder answers to fundamental questions. In short, you’re going to have to do the internal work. Your dream is a moving target, so that work never stops. As you get closer to your dream, and the view gets clearer, you have a different vantage point. You’ll be at another level. Most importantly, you will be growing. As a result, you will have to reevaluate and adjust the Map over and over again.

The Flip Map

You can chart a map to your dreams by creating your own personal mission, vision and values. Then, use them to guide your actions. I call your personal mission, vision, and values the Flip Map.

  • The dictionary defines “mission” as a strongly felt aim, ambition, or calling”. What do you want to accomplish?
  • “Vision” is a mental image of what the future will or could be like”. How do you want the future to look?
  • “Values” are a person’s principles or standards of behavior; one’s judgment of what is important in life”. What matters most?

Again, these are not easy questions. You have to be honest with yourself, and once you get the answers. Use the Plan Side of your Flip Book to write them down and use them as the basis for creating your Flip Map, something to guide you.

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Dreaming is Hard Work

The word “dream” is so general…so intangible…at least it can be. But without dreams, life isn’t fulfilling at all. Every one of us needs something to strive for, something on the horizon. Having a dream doesn’t mean that you’re sitting around waiting for that “something” to come to you. Dreaming is an action. You are the hero risking everything for it…or better yet, becoming whatever the dream needs.

You have to become the Prophet of your own future.

That’s really it, you know. Having a dream is one thing, but living your dreams requires that you become everything the dream needs in order for it to manifest. That’s not easy, but it starts with one simple principle. Anything is possible when you begin with the end in mind. Some call it “intention”, others “affirmations”, or even “confessions”. They all deal with one issue…What are you saying about your life? Your business? Your family? Your relationships? You have to become the Prophet of your own future. What is this dream that you have?

What is that shred of an idea you have about what you want, what you see? Reaching it, living it, being THAT is a process called growth. You’ve heard the saying, “Success isn’t a destination. It’s a journey.” A place called “there” doesn’t exist. Your life is a journey, and your dream is a moving target that shifts and changes with you as you grow.

“…Write my answer on a billboard, large and clear…”

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Living your dreams is about making them V.I.V.I.D.™. The Flip Productivity™ System will help you plan, produce, and spend more time at play.

Have you ever heard or read a phrase that changed your life? Like me, you’ve probably had many. However, some stay with you. For me, one of those was from the Bible in the book of Habakkuk. In chapter two, verse two it says, “Write the vision, and make it plain…” My favorite version is in the Living Bible Translation, “…Write my answer on a billboard, large and clear, so that anyone can read it at a glance and rush to tell the others.” It felt like I’d found the key to my future!

Of course, I’d have to rush and tell others…that was the birth of the V.I.V.I.D.™ Model. It’s my proprietary process for growth and development. The secret is to write and rewrite and rewrite, and as you write, it becomes clear…vivid even. As your dream becomes VIVID, you can articulate it clearer, and as you speak and act accordingly, you’ll see it. Notice that speaking and acting precedes seeing?

Dreaming is hard work, but it’s worth every moment. The Flip Productivity™ System exists to help you plan your work, produce what you have planned, and spend more time at play. Your dreams will be realized when you take courageous action.

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