One of the best tools Mrs. FiredUp and I have used is Goal Setting. Over the years we’ve often been asked “How do you do it”? Well, being successful at anything important requires vision and focus.
Vision: What do you want your future to look like? Mrs. FiredUp likes to visualize the future, so she’ll often develop a Vision Board, with cut out pictures that depict what she wants the future to look like. When planning a dream home a number of years ago, she cut out pictures of home features that made up her vision of The Dream Home. It took a few years, but once we had the vision for The Dream Home, we built it. Of course getting there took all the components of success listed above, but we first had to have the vision of what we wanted in our Dream Home. Since I’ve been a consultant, my go-to tool for developing a vision is Powerpoint. Similar to goal setting in the workplace, Powerpoint is easy for me to relate to. Another tool I’ve used is Mindmapping, which was recommended in a Real Estate class I attended a number of years ago. This tool is great at creating an outline of your goals and breaking goals into manageable pieces.
The focus: When it comes to seeing your future, I highly recommend the book The Power of Focus by Jack Canfield, Les Hewitt and Mark Victor Hansen. Mrs. FiredUp and I invest a lot of time in reading to learn. This book will help anyone dedicated to self improvement, to learn the right mindset and tools for getting focused on the important aspects of your life. There are a lot of reads and tools on the topic, but all of them seek to achieve the same goal of getting you focused. My intent with focus is to eliminate the clutter, whether it be in my mind, my surrounding or wherever I lack clarity. To achieve goals we must have clarity about where we are and where we need to go. Without focus, we never get there.
As an example, Mrs. FiredUp and I have a home that we recently renovated, rehabbing nearly every aspect of this home except the master bathroom. Why would we spend thousands of dollars renovating a home built in the early 1960’s and not renovate the master bathroom? We had two different ideas of what “good looks like”. My wife loves the vintage look of white and pink tiles. I definitely can not argue the quality you get in a 1950’s/1960’s home, but pink is not for me. So, after four years of not agreeing on a vision for this bathroom, this beautiful home lacks a modern master bathroom, or least one that does not have pink in it. In the grand scheme of things, this bathroom ranks low on the list of priorities. The Power of Focus teaches the reader to see beyond the clutter to look toward the opportunities that bring powerful change to your life, that allows you to create a vision for Financial Independence, or early retirement, or whatever your dreams may be. You can create the focus required to see, pursue, and implement your dreams.
We’ve also benefitted over the years from masterminding groups. Some of these groups we’ve paid to belong to, other’s are free and filled with like (and not so like) minded members. One of the things I really like about masterminding groups is the power of brainstorming and the different perspectives of the group members. Whenever I’m engaged in a masterminding group, I come up with very powerful ideas for personal improvement as well as business ideas. Mrs. FiredUp was in a Masterminding group on and off since she was in her early twenties, and we’ve both benefitted from this in various forms since.
I hope you’ve gained some value from Focus and Vision. We’ll cover Motivation and Intention in a future entry.
Some recommended reads on the topics:
- Chicken Soup for the Soul Series
- The Power of Focus by Jack Canfield, Les Hewitt and Mark Victor Hansen
- All of Dave Ramsey’s materials
- All of Robert Kyosoki’s materials
- All of Wayne Dyer materials
- Think and Grow Rich – Napoleon Hill
- The Four Hour Work Week- Timothy Ferris
- All of Suzy Orman’s materials
As far as medium, today’s materials are available in various forms such as print books, Podcasts, YouTube videos, audio books. The key is the content, not the delivery medium. Use what works best for you.