Whenever I meet with a student or working with someone on a plan or idea, I ask this question:
"If everything were to go perfectly with this situation, what does that look like? Give me details."
This is one of the first exercises in my DYP framework. This question is second only to the question of one's purpose or value behind their journey but is just as important for a couple reasons.
Firstly, it's an exercise in limitless thinking. We don't often allow ourselves the luxury or the imagination of picturing our success, unfettered by our own doubts or perceived obstacles. We play it safe, consciously and subconsciously. We know we want to succeed at our goals but we'd rather envision the more "realistic" version of that success from our current vantage point. We don't want to think of the outcomes of plans we can't even begin to fathom.
Secondly, this question provides clarity. If you haven't taken the time to envision the perfect outcome for your venture, goal, or idea, how will you effectively identify resources that can get you there? Worse yet, how will you even define where "there" actually is? If your vision of success is the destination point, but you haven't clearly defined what that looks like, progress will be difficult to determine, opportunities for advancement will be missed, and potential distractions may go unchecked.
By giving yourself the opportunity to envision your success perfectly and in great detail, you allow yourself to see your proximity from where you are, to where you are actually trying to go. From this vantage point you can start to develop a plan and a strategy to get you from where you are to where you would like to be.
Of course things happen. Life almost always has its own version of plans compared to our visions. But that's ok too. Having a vision of your success is not an insurance policy for your perfect vision, but it can be your best bet to land closer to your most perfect version of your success than vaguely among your uncertainty.
So if everything were to go perfectly for you, what's your Vision of Success?
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