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Why Creating A Vision For Your Business Is Key To Your Success

Why Creating A Vision For Your Business Is Key To Your Success

“Most people are extras in their own movie.”
Bob Proctor

A great way to kick start any new year is by getting clarity on what your Vision is for you – a personal and/or business vision.

A good starting point is creating a ‘Vision Statement’. Whether you are a solo-preneur, contract employee or an employee of a business, a Vision Statement illustrates where you and/or the company would like to see itself down the line, defining its aspirations and goals.

Your vision can also come alive through formal or informal goal setting, creating a business plan or vibrational business plan.

And if you are more creative you can create a Vision Board aka Dream Board, which represents your vision in a more creative and fanciful way. If you are a family that has a ‘Dream’ then creating your vision together can lead to very powerful manifesting!

Research shows… employees who find their company’s vision meaningful have higher engagement levels which result in better employee productivity and better company ambassadors.

Michael Bernard Beckwith Created ‘Life Visioning’

You may be familiar with the terms ‘Vision Board’ or ‘Dream Board’ but there is also another type of ‘Visioning’ that Michael Bernard Beckwith (appeared in The Secret) spiritual leader of Agape International Spiritual Center is credited with. He says,

“Visioning is an inner spiritual practice by which we train ourselves to intuit the Spirit’s vision for our life in areas such as our spiritual evolution, profession, relationships and creative expression. It catches the unique way in which we are intended to deliver our gifts, talents and skills on the planet.

In Michael’s Life Visioning process, he takes individuals and/or groups you through several stages of visioning your future. The work is very internal and a spiritual journey to uncover what lies within you and seeks to come out.

Vision Boards Help Visualize Your Goals + Keep You Focused  

Everything we attract in our life is coming to us by the images we hold in our mind. The Law of Attraction’s ‘Words-Results Relationship’ tells us everything that we manifest starts with our words and thoughts, then attached to those we add our feelings and attract either positive or negative results in our life.

You may find that a Vision Board is one of your essential Law of Attraction tools that allows you to look at these images 24/7… 365 days a year to stay focused and positive. Having a visioning session before you create your vision board may bring up expansive ideas for your future!

The Number 1 Reason NOT to Create a Vision Board…

The Law of Attraction reminds us that it is our ‘feelings’ that play a key role in what we attract and how positive or negative we feel about life. If creating a Vision Board does not feel good to you then do not do it. Find something else that ‘feels good’ for you to use as a visual for manifesting! It might be creating a ‘Vibrational Business Plan’.

If you do want to create your own Vision Board here are a few easy steps to follow:

5 Steps to Creating Your Vision Board

  1. Set an INTENTION – determine what this creation is intended for
  2. Decide on your THEME and WORD – if you have an overall focus everything on the board will represent that in some way – choose one word to represent your vision
  3. Gather your SUPPLIES – you can put anything on your vision board, in fact, it doesn’t have to be an actual ‘board – bristol or otherwise’ get creative what feels good to you; you may prefer to do something on your computer or phone and use that as your visual; use magazine clippings, words, photos, objects etc.
  4. REINFORCE your positive imagessay a blessing or set an intention for the higher good of you and everyone that comes in to your vision, and keep your vision board where you can see it daily
  5. Express GRATITUDE – be thankful for whatever unfolds for you and your vision and be open to unexpected great things showing up in your life just by you doing this!

If you are interested in seeing how a Vision Board can be created using a Western ‘Feng Shui Bagua’ check out my 2 YouTube videos:

  1. Part 1 – How To Create a Vision Board Law of Attraction Style using the Feng Shui Bagua. This provides you with an outline of the Western Feng Shui Bagua template.
  2. Part 2 – How To Create A Vision Board Law of Attraction Style using the Feng Shui Bagua. This shows the completion of a Vision Board using the Western Feng Shui Bagua.


About the Author, Dana J. Smithers


Dana J. Smithers is on a mission to inspire and empower women entrepreneurs around the world. At 50 she left a high-paying corporate job and over the years launched 3 businesses earning a 6-figure income.

As a Certified Law of Attraction Trainer she you how to use LOA tools to build a business by working on your limiting beliefs. As a Certified Sacred Gifts Guide she helps you discover what makes you feel on purpose and fulfilled. As an Emotion Code practitioner Dana knows how to release your trapped negative emotions that have built up over the years and are now holding you back from moving forward. She invites you to sign up for her enewsletter for tips, insights and inspiration and her FREE ebook 'The POWER of your WORDS' at Empowered Women in Business. She looks forward to making a real connection with you on www.FB.com/coachdanasmithers. Her NEW Law of Attraction Gratitude Journal is available on www.amazon.com.

What Visionaries Need Most to Help With Their Business

Do you consider yourself a visionary?

I’ve had the pleasure of working with many visionaries over the past several years and I was just speaking to a couple this past week and it got me thinking about the specific challenges that a visionaries face when they want to run a business.

A visionary is somebody who thinks in very big, abstract ideas. They have a wonderful, amazing goal – a big vision of how they want to see their life unfold. And in terms of business, what they want that business to look like.

They are very much an “ideas” person and they usually have a thousand ideas! Ideas for programs and workshops and all kinds of things.

But one of the biggest challenges that a visionary faces is they are not a detailed person. They have a really hard time actually fulfilling their vision.

The reason why I bring this up is because sometimes we are not really aware of what our strengths and weaknesses are. A strength for a visionary person is they are the ones who are coming up with these amazing ideas. They are inventors.

Their weakness is they keep starting something, get bored with it and stop it because that’s not comfortable for them.

They are not in a place of passion and joy when they are needing to fulfill that vision.

This is important because visionaries need to have somebody opposite to them on their team.

Visionaries need to have someone on their team who are opposite to them: someone detail-orientedClick To Tweet

I had a conversation with a visionary the other day and this person was expressing concern because this person did have VA on their team but there seemed to be some challenges. We had determined this VA was also somewhat of a visionary who wasn’t able to be the exact opposite to what this person needed.

What the visionary needs is somebody who is very detail oriented. Who will pick up and finish what they started and be able to guide that visionary through all the steps of what is needed. It’s like being a coach in many ways.

As a visionary, it’s important you find the right people on your team. You don’t want other visionaries.

You need people who are going to support you and fulfill your vision so you don’t have to mire yourself in the details.

You need somebody who can pick up those pieces, who are competent enough to know exactly what it is you need and run with it. Instead of you having to be the one to tell them, “this is what I need and this is how I need you to do it.”

I hope this tip helps on hiring somebody for your team whether it’s a VA or somebody who is helping you with other things like your website work, graphic design needs, social media or whatever that is.

Make sure you hire somebody who is very detail oriented who could be the perfect complement to your visionary personality.

If you have any questions or comments please leave them in comments section below.

To your success,

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About the Author, Susan Friesen

Susan Friesen offering 10 Critical Questions You Must Ask to Get Maximum ResultsSusan Friesen, founder of the award-winning web development and digital marketing firm eVision Media, is a Web Specialist, Business & Marketing Consultant, and Social Media Advisor. She works with entrepreneurs who struggle with having the lack of knowledge, skill and support needed to create their online business presence.

As a result of working with Susan and her team, clients feel confident and relieved knowing their online marketing is in trustworthy and caring hands so they can focus on building their business with peace of mind at having a perfect support system in place to guide them every step of the way.

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How to Align Your Actions with Your Big Vision

How to Align Your Actions with Your Big Vision

It’s so easy to get distracted while in pursuit of an important goal

It seems that while every step ahead may get you closer to your destination, it also presents you with turning points, junctures, and new paths of “opportunity” (which are often distractions in disguise).

Therefore, if you don’t keep your goals in the forefront of your mind and take discernable steps towards them, then invariably something shiny and alluring will knock you off track.

To eliminate the ‘shiny object’ syndrome, try these 6 laser-focused strategies to keep moving in the right direction:

  1. Know what you are really passionate about

    Know who you are at your very basic core. Until you know your authentic self, it’s impossible to know what really drives you. And if you don’t know what drives you, you can’t expect to get where you want to go. If you focus on living your life in a way that fills your heart and allows you to fulfil your true purpose, then the rest will fall into place.

  2. Take time to plan before you set your goals

    If you just jump in and start writing goals without seeing the “Big Picture” or even knowing where you want to go or what you want to accomplish – you can’t seriously expect to end up where you truly want to be at the end. And if you don’t know have a plan addressing the risks and rewards, there’s not much incentive to work do the work.

  3. Write down your goals

    We all have heard this…but many of us just don’t do it. Studies show that by writing your goals down, your chances of success increase exponentially. Putting your goals in writing makes them tangible and reminds you of what you are working toward. Double-check to assure that they are “SMART” goals as described below.

The Formula for Making Sure Your Goals are S.M.A.R.T.

The Formula for Making Sure Your Goals are S.M.A.R.T.

Plan your work and then work your plan!

  1. Align your daily choices with your goals

    Every day, decide what ONE BIG thing and two smaller things you are going to accomplish that day that will help you to move toward your chosen destination. Accomplish the ONE BIG action step first.

  2. Share your goals with someone you trust

    Create accountability with those closest to you by simply sharing your goals, so when you start to veer off track, they can help you through. Give them permission to be as firm as you feel you need them to be to insure you stay on track.

  3. Set milestones of success

    Nothing is more frustrating than feeling like you are not making enough progress towards accomplishing a big goal. Set milestones of success where you can stop, celebrate and reward yourself for your accomplishments. But don’t sit for too long – get started again soon to keep up your momentum. Express gratitude for what you have accomplished!

Every day, everything that you do is either moving you toward or away from your goals.

Don’t let temptations, frustrations or the feeling of immediate gratification keep you from achieving what matters most. Keeping your goals top of mind will allow you to make the decisions that bring you the happiness and joy that will last a lifetime.

What steps will you take TOWARD your goals today?

About the Author, Katherine Hartvickson

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Katherine Hartvickson is the founder and president of Hartvickson & Associates, Inc. dba Quantum Ascendance. She is an experienced business consultant and success coach. Since leaving the corporate world in 2009, her clients include business owners and other seriously committed professionals and entrepreneurs who want to gain the confidence and skills to break through the barriers of success and achieve their ideal life.

What separates her service from others is her experience in leading large teams and developing top performers in corporate environments and because of this, clients achieve individual & financial rewards and the recognition they earned without sacrificing their personal life. If you are interested in knowing more, she can be reached at www.QuantumAscendance.com.

The Most Effective Trick I Know for Achieving Your Resolutions and Goals

New Year's Resolutions

I haven’t made a proper New Year’s resolution in I don’t know how many years. I’ve always been good about following through with goals. But for some reason, just like 80/90/whatever percentage of the population, I would inevitably fail on my resolutions within the first month or so.

This year, I made a non-resolution. And I made a plan to stick with it.

We pretty much set ourselves up for failure when we make New Year’s resolutions, don’t we? Think about it: It’s the night of celebrating after a week or more of overeating and over-sleeping. All of a sudden, with no preparation or plans, we think we can say, “I resolve to lose 20 pounds,” and magically it will happen?


New Year’s resolutions aren’t like birthday wishes we send out to the Universe while blowing out candles. Resolutions are commitments to ourselves that require some sort of plan to achieve them.

“But, ‘I resolve to work out every day’ is a plan,” you might be saying.

No, it’s not a plan; it’s a goal. “I work out every day” is a goal that needs a plan.

The problem with resolutions is that we try to force a new habit on ourselves without giving ourselves a structure to adopt it. For example, what does “I work out every day” really mean? It could mean you go running every day. Or walking or swimming or biking. Or maybe it’s doing yoga or dancing or lifting weights.

How long are you going to run or walk or bike or do yoga? What time of day? What if it’s raining out? What if it’s bat-butt cold outside?

This non-resolution that I set for myself on January 1st this year is “to walk, at least to the park and back, every day. Even when it’s raining or unbearably cold out.”

So, that’s my goal. What’s my structure? How am I going to make sure I actually do it?

I learned this amazingly effective trick in a coaching class I took a few years ago with Heidi Grant Halvorson, author of Succeed. Heidi’s research on willpower shows that willpower is like a muscle. We have to exercise it to make it stronger, but overdoing it will exhaust it.

Her research also showed that we can make it easier to exercise our willpower muscle by giving it prompts to trigger it automatically. It’s like finding the reflex part of the willpower muscle. When the doctor taps your knee in just the right spot, your leg reflexively kicks out. We’re looking for just the right spot to tap on your resolution willpower muscle that will make it reflexively kick into gear.

The trick is to create a “when-then” statement. The “when” part is “just the right spot for tapping.” The “then” part is what happens when your willpower muscle kicks into gear.

An important thing to remember is that you must create the willpower reflex ahead of time, before you need it, and then practice it. It’s not naturally an automatic reflex like your knee-leg reflex. You’ve got to train it, not unlike Pavlov training his dogs with a bell.

Imagine this scene from just last week: I get my son up for school and see that it’s zero degrees Fahrenheit outside. (I start wearing a heavy winter coat when it hits 49. So my natural reflex to zero degrees is to stay in bed!) He goes to school that day by carpool, not by bus. That means that I don’t have to leave the house that day. I can stay inside and stay warm(ish) all day . . . and give up on my goal of walking every day.

Would I have a valid excuse not to walk? Shoot, yes. It’s zero degrees outside. The last thing I want to do is open the door, much less actually walk to the park.

But here’s where my when-then reflex training comes in. On January 1st, when making my non-resolution of walking at least to the park every day, I created a when-then statement: “When my son goes to school in the morning, I will walk to the park and back.”

I wrote down my when-then statement, and, here’s the important part, I practiced it. I sat down and said it out loud to myself several times. Then I said it out loud again later. And again later.

I said it when I went to sleep the night before my son went back to school. I said it when I woke him up for the first day back at school. I said it the morning I saw it was zero degrees Fahrenheit outside. And I said it when he hopped into the carpool car and I was tempted to curl up on the couch.

“When my son goes to school, I will walk to the park and back.”

And I did! I looked ridiculous in my face mask, but the when-then reflex worked. I walked to the park and back. It’s not much, but it’s more than I normally do in the winter.

If you’re wondering what I do for the weekends when my son doesn’t go to school, I have another when-then statement for that situation: “When I’m done eating breakfast, I will walk to the park.”

Creating – and practicing! – a when-then statement is a powerful technique for any action-resistant tasks you have. It’s great for changing your diet, quitting smoking or drinking, starting any new habit, or eliminating an undesirable behavior.

“When I feel like eating a cookie, I will have an apple instead.”
“When I feel like having a beer, I will drink a kombucha instead.”
“When I feel like yelling, I will take a breath and whisper.”

Here are a few tips for creating your when-then statement:

  1. Make it short
  2. Make it specific
  3. Make it easy

Your when-then statement needs to be something you can easily remember. Make it short and sweet. Rambling isn’t powerful, no matter how poetic it may be.

Be very specific with your when-then statement. I was specific about “when my son goes to school” and “when I’m done eating breakfast.” Those are my triggers. Remember, the doctor isn’t tapping all over your leg. She goes straight to the reflex spot on your knee.

Make sure the “then” part of your statement is something you can actually do. Notice I didn’t say “I will walk 5 miles in a blizzard.” Walking to the park and back takes me 10 minutes. That’s totally doable.

Remember that the key to making this work is to practice your when-then statement so that it becomes a willpower reflex. Practice it enough and when you want a cookie, you WILL quickly stop wanting the cookie because a Pavlovian-like response kicks in making you want an apple instead.

I love using the when-then technique to help me achieve my willpower-resistant goals. And I’m actually excited about following through with my non-resolution to walk every day.

How can you create when-then statements to help with your goals?


About the Author, Kelly Eckert

Kelly Eckert is an author, professional speaker, and shamanic leadership coach. She is a graduate of Harvard College with a bachelor's degree in biological anthropology and Tufts Graduate School of Arts and Sciences with a master's degree in biology.

Kelly is a certified MentorCoach® and a certified coach member of the International Coach Federation. She is the creator of the Fear Releasing Method™ and Coaching with Animal Archetypes™. Kelly speaks nationally and internationally on the topics of fear and unleashing the animal within. Her latest book, What's Your Spirit Animal?, is now available. Find out more at kellyeckert.com.

Goal vs. To-Do List, What’s The Difference?

Do you ever see the end of your To-Do List (TDL)?Alinof_ToDoList

One of the most de-motivating habits we create is never seeing the bottom of a TDL; a page of tasks to do that is never entirely checked or crossed off. It’s almost worse than not making the list in the first place.

You find yourself starting your daily list by carrying over what wasn’t done yesterday and adding today’s list to it. Thus making today’s list even longer.

By the time you finish a week or so of carry-overs you have a list that would choke an elephant and no one could accomplish in the time-scheduled period.

So if this is happening to you, stop making a TDL! …..Unless you keep reading and finding out how you can have a TDL that you will always complete every time.

Let’s back up a bit and look at how a TDL differs from a ‘goal.’

A goal is an intention. It doesn’t have to have a time schedule. It is what you want to be, do or have that serves your life purpose in some way. Fulfilling this goal will feel as if you have added the final piece to a jig saw puzzle, the picture is now revealed and you feel more whole.

There should be no struggle to a goal completion. It is something you move toward by the choices you make in ‘now’ time. It is something that is aligned with who you are, your life purpose and not something that is ‘should-ed’ on you. You know, the things others tell you that you ‘should’ be, do or have.

The goal is the larger picture, the greater good, and will connect you with the kind of health, relationships, career, financial freedom and spiritual link you desire. It can be something seemingly small or grandiose, however each one carries an equal importance no matter its apparent size.

The TDL has an importance of great magnitude. Its purpose is to help keep your life operating more smoothly, to lower stress and assist you in preventing or avoiding those occurrences that can make life more bumpy and frustrating.

Now, of course you can’t foresee every life event that produces storm clouds and seems to come out of left field with no warning, but you do know which bad habits you have developed that keep creating the same problems over and over again. Properly managed TDLs can be very effective in providing you more time for leisure, put more play money in your pocket and in you having a feeling of much more control over your life.

These are some tips for a TDL that serves you rather than frustrates you:

1. Be specific, but not too detailed.

Too detailed would be, ‘drive to work’, ‘park car’, ‘take elevator to office’…..you get the picture. Specific would be ‘Take Julie to practice @3:00 pm. ‘Pick up a pre-cooked chicken on the way home.’ ‘Map out my newsletter so it’s ready to write for tomorrow’.

2. Keep more than one list; one for the month, the week and each day.

Begin every month doing a TDL you want to complete within the month. Each week write a TDL you want to complete for that week and they should support your month’s list. Then your daily TDL is easy, just look at the other two lists and decide what actions are needed that support them.

3. Keep the lists short. No twenty-item lists allowed!

Only list steps that you are confident you can complete in the time period. Will that always happen? No, but it should happen a minimum of 75% of the time. Only then will you have a feeling of accomplishment and thus want to keep doing your lists because you know how valuable they are for you.

4. Prioritize the list.

First by time constraints, which items are dependent on the calendar or clock ie: get to the bank before it closes, listen to the teleclass at 2:00 pm.

Second, by how long it takes to complete them; do the shortest tasks first so you will feel you are making great headway, love seeing the checkmarks and build energy to keep on going.

Third, by what you dislike doing most and do that first, get it off your plate so you are not dreading it all day. Just the act of dreading sucks the energy out of you because in your mind you are doing this task over and over instead of just once in actuality.

5. Focus, focus, focus.

Remain on task and don’t stray off into overtime on Facebook. Save that for the leisure time you are banking. Avoid stressing out over traffic or a temporary Internet interruption by always allowing more time than you actually need to complete a task. Another reason to keep the list short and not cram too much into a time period.

Your TDLs really help to support your goals too. They are the things that keep your life ticking in a way that makes you feel really good. We can spend less time ‘doing’ and more time ‘being’. Doing is busy-ness while Being is fulfillment. Goal completion gives your life meaningfulness and in order to get to this state, having the solid of foundation of a well working TDL practice is necessary.

It’s actually fun and has the power to make you feel accomplished, smart, in control and even walk with a little bit of well-earned swagger in our step!

About the Author, Lynn Moore


Lynn is an Intuitive Coach/Mentor who works with career women in the second half of life to help them find a deeper sense of self and soul purpose. To help them end the struggle to learn WHO they are, WHAT they want and HOW to go and get it.

She is an accomplished speaker, published author, lifetime entrepreneur and has coached clients worldwide since 2004. She is the creator of the Inspirational Goaling system that is revolutionizing the world of how to choose goals and accomplish them struggle free.

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