In meeting and interviewing successful people, once common theme motivated individuals share is the practice of writing down your vision. I’ve recently met with a local Eugene, Oregon entrepreneur who made his money through property investment, he wrote down his business plan as he set out to change careers and even now in his late 60’s he refers back to those scribblings and is surprised about just how ambitious he was as well as how much he was able to achieve. He noted that there was something about writing down his business plan that set things in motion in his mind and as he says, “My feet got to work.” The plan doesn’t make itself but the discipline of writing your vision down and holding yourself accountable is powerful.
Another interview I conducted was with renowned author, speaker and business coach Lex Sisney who wrote his initial vision statement when he was only 12 years old (hear part 1 of the interview HERE). Lex is now based in the Santa Barbara, California area, so we can call him a local entrepreneur even though his empire has spread from as far as China, Minnesota and California. Lex would refer back to that document that he created as a young pre-teen and too was surprised by just how much those details played out in his life. Mr. Sisney noted in our interview that around age 29 he realized that he accomplished what he had mapped out as his original vision and found that he needed a new direction in life based upon the new information learned through that process. Much of what Lex set out to discover in that second phase of life has become the experiences and principles he now teaches through his book Organizational Physics.
If you aren’t sure where to start in your entrepreneurial journey, take it from these two and write it down. There is something about clarifying your vision and the practice of writing it down that generates a sense of accountability which can help to motivate your vision from conceptualization to materialization.
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