A clear vision will help you excel by Gregg Steinberg

Triangle A clear vision will help you excel by Gregg SteinbergSuperstar. That is the clear vision for Rory McIlroy. In a recent interview, Rory did not tell the media that he wants to win more tournaments or majors, or even stay No. 1 in the golfing world. His vision is much greater. After winning last week’s PGA Championship, Rory McIlroy has four majors under his belt at the ripe age of 25. But he sees well beyond his years as his vision is more than just to be a bright star on the PGA Tour. Rory proclaimed to the world that he wants to be the superstar of golf.

A Clear Vision boosts your commitment to excellence. Rory’s vision will make him work harder every day. He will never rest on his laurels. He will dig it out of the dirt, when needed. His vision will help make his talent shine upon the golfing world.

Vision guides your destiny. This truth has been known for thousands of years. The ancient philosopher Seneca proclaimed, “When a man does not know what harbor he is sailing for, no wind is the right wind.” Zig Ziglar, a present day motivational guru, has noted that the happiest people he knows are those who are working toward a vision, whereas the most bored and miserable people are drifting along with no worthwhile objectives in mind. People who are vision-less will sail with any wind.

Clear Vision shines our motivational light. Psychologists have discovered that when mice were placed in a tub with no way out, they would stop swimming after 45 minutes and drown. However, if the mice had a light shining upon them, they would continue to swim for an unbelievable 36 hours. Our vision will keep us swimming upstream, regardless of the obstacles we will face on a daily basis.

What’s yours?

What is your vision for yourself in business?

Unfortunately, I have discovered in my coaching work that most business people don’t have a clear vision. They are simply going through the motions without any future orientation planted in their mind. And most importantly, if they do have a vision, many people don’t allow their vision to take them to the next level in their business lives.

Here are a few steps to create a vision that will propel you to the next level:

• Step 1. Get a clear vision. It is that simple. Pick a vision for yourself that is challenging but something you greatly desire. Perhaps it is to own your business, or be the best sales person in the region, or to start a charity.

• Step 2. Select three strategies to attain your vision. If it is to be the best sales person in the region, then one of your strategies could be to go to a few seminars this year about negotiation tactics.

• Step 3. Visualize your vision as a reality. Visualize what it would feel like when you attain your vision. Do this visualization daily. This will greatly promote your commitment to making your vision a reality.

Henry David Thoreau once said, “In the long run, people hit only what they aim at.” I would add, “We need to know where to aim.”

Dr. Gregg Steinberg is a professor of human performance at Austin Peay State University. The author of the Washington Post bestselling book, “Full Throttle,” he coaches business executives and speaks to businesses about mental and emotional toughness.