The Envisioning Process

I’ve been thinking about goal setting lately, and have created an Envisioning Process that goes beyond traditional goal setting.

Do you set goals for yourself in your business and personal life?

You would be surprised how many heart-based entrepreneurs, and individuals don’t. We seem to get caught up in “doing” our businsses, that we forget to take the time.

Im sure you have heard of the study (purportedly with students from Harvard or Yale), that tracked the success of people over their lifetimes. This study showed that people who 1) had goals and 2) wrote them down were significantly more successful than people who did not.

Unfortunately, this study is a myth. However, there was a more recent study at Dominican University in California, that did prove the same thing. (http://www.dominican.edu/dominicannews/study-backs-up-strategies-for-achieving-goals)

The positive effect of written goals was supported: Those who wrote their goals accomplished significantly more than those who did not write their goals.

This study provides empirical evidence for the effectiveness of three coaching tools: accountability, commitment and writing down one’s goals.

The positive effect of accountability was supported: those who sent weekly progress reports to a friend accomplished significantly more than those who had unwritten goals, wrote their goals, formulated action commitments or sent those action commitments to a friend.

There was support for commitment: those who sent their commitments/goals to a friend accomplished significantly more than those who wrote action commitments, or did not write their goals.

The positive effect of written goals was supported: Those who wrote their goals accomplished significantly more than those who did not write their goals.

I have created a process that goes beyond traditional goal setting, to an envisioning process.

First answer these three question groups, and write your answers down:

1. What do you want to experience in your life? What do you want to experience in your business? This includes what you want to “have,” but frames it better for envisioning it. Who is in your life, with you? What would you be doing in your perfect day?

2. How will this enable you to contribute more…. to yourself, your family, the world in general. What will you contribute/do to help others? What service/product/art, etc will do you do?

3. How do you want/need to grow to be able to do this? Who/what do you need to become in order to experience your answers in #1 and #2. Who do I need to connect with as a mentor, or as assistants, contractors? What do I need to learn, to do this? What do I need to outsource? What daily practices do I need to put into place?

Now that you have written these down, close your eyes, and get into a meditative space.

Next, envision yourself having this things. Add the feelings of what it will be like when you are experiencing these things in your life.

Do this envisioning process on a regular basis, and watch the changes start to happen!

Share your answers with me by email. I would love to hear what impact this exercise has had on you.