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Lack Of Time Is Not The Problem, Lack Of Direction Is

Christer RasmussonFollowing is one of the chapters from my coming book; "Turn Your Vision Into Reality".

Many people blame their own inaction on not having the time to pursue their goals. It is my experience, however, that it’s not a lack of time that is the true problem, but rather a lack of direction. We all have the same amount of time, what separates us is what we do with that time.

”What you do Monday to Saturday separates you from the rest of the league.” (Julio Jones)

Successful people don’t spend their time, they invest it. When we lack direction we can become quite careless with our time, we might waste it on doing things that we think are important but are really not. It is easier to invest our time when we have an understanding of what direction we would like our lives to have.

 

 

Without that understanding we might fall victim to spending our time instead of investing it. Your vision, your dream, your why is the direction. This direction is your purpose, and your purpose should always be about adding value to others. It’s not your vision, in itself, that makes you reach your vision it’s the values you have that does. To live a good dream does require good values.

”In quiet moments, when you think about it, you will realize what is critically important in your life and what isn’t. Be wise and don’t let the good things crowd out those that are essential.” (Richard G. Scott)

Without a sense of direction, your why, it will be significantly harder to realize what is "critically important and what isn’t". This could lead to us saying ”yes” to the wrong things and ”no” to the right things. It’s just harder to be wise with our time if we don’t have our direction pointed out or identified.

There are way too many people trying to navigate through life without a map. Not many of us would even try to drive in a city we had never before visited without some kind of navigational help. It might be a GPS, a map or at least some directions written down on a piece of paper. Because without it we would soon be lost. Your vision and your goals are your map or navigation system. Always have this map close to you and read it often.

We also need to update our map, and I personally find it very useful to do it at least once a year. Imagine you’re out driving for the first time in Berlin, and you are following a map that was produced back in 1942. Things change in our lives. We reach goals and our lives are con- stantly moving, or at least it should be, and therefore our circumstances change too, so it makes sense that we will need to evaluate and even reevaluate our visions and goals. We need to update our navigation system. It’s not enough to have one, we also need to follow it, and we need to make necessary alterations.

”You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.” (C.S. Lewis) 

 

Christer Rasmusson

christer.rasmusson@mccarthy.se

Build A Brand Around Your Vision

Christer RasmussonFollowing is one of the chapters from my coming book; "Turn Your Vision Into Reality.

Become an expert in your field. Become the-go-to-person with that particular value you bring to the market place. 

What do people think of when they think of you? What do people associate you with? But the more interesting question is; What would you like people to associate you with?

When people think of me there are some key words I want them to immediately come to think of. Things like; focus, priorities, goals, structure, planning, value, strategies, vision and excellence. To make it possible to reach that stage when this is what people think of, when they think of me, I need to connect those words to me. I need to ”own” those words. I need to build something that makes it natural for people to associate these things with me.

 

 

So far I have developed training programs, a DVD and a CD, a blog and now a book. And of course I use social network to connect those words to me and what I do. All these things that I have done are based on these words that I want to ”own”. They are all part of my vision.

To become the-go-to-person in this field I can’t ”own” every word in the world. I have to limit it, and it needs to be the things I am passionate about. I need to choose words I should focus on. If I am not an expert within these particular things, I need to become an expert. Don’t put too much emphasis, or don’t be afraid of the ”expert” label here. You increase your possibilities of becoming the expert by branding yourself as an expert. I am not talking about ”fake it until you make it”. You need to add value to the market place and you do not do that by faking anything. You need to study and learn and share, with confidence, what you have learned. Use social media - not just to share holiday pictures or pictures of what you are about to eat - Use social media to share your knowledge. Write a book, start a blog or record films of yourself, on your smart phone. Share your insights about the things you know, so you can become the go-to-person. Don’t just sit at home and think about the things you are passionate about. Share them.

Sometimes we feel that we need to know everything about our subject before we can become an expert. - What follows from here on is not applicable to you If your dream is to become a brain surgeon. None of us would like to lie under the knife of someone that has just ”branded” themselves as a surgeon. - Richard Branson has explained that when he hires people he is not paying so much attention to their competence as much as he pay attention to their attitude. He believes that competence can be learned along the way, but attitude can’t. He also says that if you are facing a ”once-in-a-lifetime” opportunity, but you are not sure if you are competent enough for it, you should take it because you can learn how to do it later.

Become an expert within your field by building a brand around you connected to your vision. You don’t have to be an expert, (after all, nobody is born with expertise). With the time you invest you can become an expert.

Christer Rasmusson 

 

Live your life with purpose

”Finding is reserved for those that search.” (Jim Rohn)

Just as achievements are reserved for those that perform. As I wrote in the introduction; The difference between the winners and the non-winners is that the winners put on their marching boots and do what the non-winners don’t do. There will be leftovers for the non-doers but it will only be what the doers leave behind…

It always starts with a dream. It always has and it always will. Lets face it, everything that exists was once only imagined…

A vision without goals will never become more then the dream you never lived, and goals without a vision will only be hard work. A vision can be about a business idea, an enterprise, lifestyle or anything that you are passionate about. Your vision should be about your inner deepest conviction, about what you really would like your life to be about. I have met people that focus on money or personal gain in their visions, and it is my experience that a vision is more fully achieved when it pertains to more meaningful desires than mere financial gain. If money is the only thing you are looking for, money is the only thing you will find. Our lives can be about so much more than the money. There is nothing wrong with making money on your dream, I just hope your dream is not about the money. ”Chase the vision not the money, the money will end up following you.” (Tony Hsieh)

You should start with the end in mind, to know what you would like your life to be about. In the end you need to know what you would like to be remembered for. Is it for What you were or is it because of Who you were? Is it because of your status or for your values and principles you lived by? Would you like to be remembered for what you had or for what you gave? ”One day you’ll be just a memory for some people. Do your best to be a good one.” (Unknown) Or as Mother Teresa put it; ”Some people come in your life as blessings. Some people come in your life as lessons.”...

We need to start with the end in our mind, to know what we would like to accomplish in our life. We need to identify our own personal why. We need to find what our lives are about. ”Ultimately, man should not ask what the meaning of his life is, but rather he must recognize that it is he who is asked.” (Viktor Frankl) It’s not enough to ask what your purpose is, it’s about realizing that you have a purpose and you need to find it...You can have everything in life you want if you will just help enough other people get what they want.” (Zig Ziglar)

 

This is selected parts from the first chapter from my coming book. The chapter is called; "A Vision Without Goals Will Forever Be The Dream You Never Lived". The book is planned to be available, both as a book (soft cover) and e-book, from November 2015.

Christer Rasmusson

And then they walked home

At a church service one Sunday, I listened to a wonderful talk given by a man called Kent Perciwall. He ended the talk with a story I immediately related to, and I knew I had to use it in my seminars. I don’t know the origin of this story but I loved the way Mr Perciwall told it.

Let me tell you about an exiting day down at the turkey farm. In a nearby field, everyone had gathered to watch the new guy, the turkey who could fly. They all stood, motionless with anticipation, peering up towards the sky, to witness what they had never before seen.

He was up there in the sky, a turkey just like them, but flying! Not just flying but flying high and performing loops and spins. They could barely believe there own eyes! They could have watched him the whole day long. After some time, the amazing turkey flew towards the earth once more and landed among them where he was understandably greeted with quite a lot of fluttering and commotion. They all pressed forward to get close to him, and they all wanted to know how he did it. Naturally they all wanted him to teach them what he knew, so that they too could take to the skies, as he had done. That talented old turkey wanted nothing better than to teach his new friends to fly, and gathered them to him sharing his knowledge. He explained and demonstrated, he encouraged and corrected, taught them about gravity and aerodynamics. Well, what do you know, but by the time the sun was setting low in the sky each and every one of those turkeys could fly. The wind felt so good to them as it rushed through their feathers! 

”The day is coming to an end, well done everyone” said the turkey tutor. ”Gather here tomorrow, and I shall teach you even more about flying!” He added. Well you can just about imagine the chatter between all those turkey as they walked back to the farm for a good nights sleep.

This story is from my coming book; "How To Turn Your Vision Into Reality". The book is planned to be available from November 2015.

Christer Rasmusson

 

How to Turn Your Vision Into Reality

Over the past summer I have completed my book; "How To Turn Your Vision Into Reality". As part of getting feedback, before I approach any publishers, I have released nine chapters of it here on-line. Feel free to mail me any of your thoughts about the manuscript.

The book is divided into three parts, called; "Why We Need Vision And Goals", "Why So Many Fail To Accomplish Their Goals" and "How To Accomplish Your Goals". In total there are 38 chapters.

 

Much has been said before about goals and how to achieve them. I hope to add a great deal of value to this important topic by sharing some of my experiences and understanings on the subject. As a motivational speaker and coach I have clearly noticed some of the traits that successful people have in common with each other. It's not just about reaching goals it's about reaching the right goals. There are many people that are held back from living their dream and I hope to shed som light on how we can overcome this and how we can help others to do the same. I often hear about the importance of adopting the right habits that will lead to success. In this book I share one of the habits that will undoubtedly help you to live your dream.

If you like what you read, please go to this post on Facebook and write a comment and then share that Facebook post, so that others can read it too. If you do so you will help me a great deal in creating an interest for my manuscript, which I am sure will help me in getting it published.

Thank you again for your contribution in helping me to make this dream of mine come true!

Christer Rasmusson

 

Introduction

A vision without goals will only be the dream you never lived, and goals without a vision will only be hard work

We get paid for bringing value to the marketplace

Build your dream or someone will hire you to build theirs

How to program your mind to find what you need

Are you climbing the wrong mountain?

If you've started to doubt your potential it's time to start to doubt those doubts

When failure is not an option

It is in our response the key to our growth and freedom lies

Think BIG and dream BIG

We can’t live on past achievements and we can’t live on achievements to come. 
 
It's today that matters because if we waste it there will be no great achievements tomorrow. "The best preparation for tomorrow is to do today's work superbly well.” 
(William Osler)
 
 
 
You can neither live on other's achievements. The pizza you eat will affect you, the running your spouse is doing will not. "We must all suffer one of two things; the pain of discipline or the pain of regret or disappointment.”  (Jim Rohn)
 
Build your dream. Help others to build theirs, but don't forget to build yours. If you don’t build your own dream someone will hire you to build theirs. If it does not work straight away or take longer time then you expected, remember what Steve Jobs said;  "I'm convinced that about half of what separates the successful entrepreneurs from the non-successful ones is pure perseverance.” We all know why the "comfort zone" is called the comfort zone. It is because it is so darn comfortable there. But there is no dreams accomplished there. "There are costs and risks to a programme of action, but they are far less than the long range risk and cost of comfortable inaction".  (John F Kennedy) 
 
Don’t expect to start big, but dream big and build big. I believe it is Donald Trump that is teaching us; "Since you are going to think anyway, you might as well think big”.
 

 

Think Big and dream Big

We can’t live on past achievements and we can’t live on achievements to come.
 
It's today that matters because if we waste it there will be no great achievements tomorrow. "The best preparation for tomorrow is to do today's work superbly well.”
(William Osler)
 
 
 
You can neither live on other's achievements. The pizza you eat will affect you, the running your spouse is doing will not. "We must all suffer one of two things; the pain of discipline or the pain of regret or disappointment.”  (Jim Rohn)
 
Don't be mediocre. The mediocre, (in my opinion), are slightly overweight, sad, held back or are holding others back, watch way to much TV and spending way to little time investing in their relationships. And they spend their working hours building someone else’s dream. Build your dream. Help others to build theirs, but don't forget to build yours. If you don’t build your own dream someone will hire you to build theirs. If it does not work straight away or take longer time then you expected, remember what Steve Jobs said;  "I'm convinced that about half of what separates the successful entrepreneurs from the non-successful ones is pure perseverance.
 
Don’t expect to start big, but dream big and build big. I believe it is Donald Trump that is teaching us; "Since you are going to think anyway, you might as well think big”.
 
Why would you not want to dream big? Why would you even want to be mediocre? What does that have to offer you? What is holding you back from living your (big) dream? Do you think there's no point to make the effort? If you believe there's no point, your actions will be based on that. And those actions will not take you where you want to be. We all know why the "comfort zone" is called the comfort zone. It is because it is so darn comfortable there. But there is no dreams accomplished there. 
"There are costs and risks to a programme of action, but they are far less than the long range risk and cost of comfortable inaction".  (John F Kennedy) 

 

 
 
 
 

Those schmeckensmitters...

Robert Kiyosaki"Listen to the advice from the one who's already achieved your goal." (Robert Kiyosaki)

There's a lot of "know-it-all" people that are always willing to share their opinions with you, wether you want it or not. We don't need to seek those out, we need to seek out the people that have already done it or achieved it. This could be about financial goals, spirituality,  health and wealth or leadership. But you need to seek them out. The "know-it-all" people usually seeks you up...

I'm sure you've met them. The people that are very quick to give their advice. These are usually the ones that tell you what to do, or how to do it. But they are also the ones that are very quick to tell you to not do it. "That doesn't work" is usually their personal mantra, and they want every one else to apply it also.

Successful people are often more reserved with their advice. They dont just throw it out. We need to activly seek them out...

Christer Rasmusson

 

You need to go from do-it, to do-it-now

There are very few of us who still believe in Santa, but in terms of our goals, there are many who are planning as if he were. 

When we were little, many of us wrote a wishing list and sent it to Santa. Then in some magical way so ended some of these things up under our Christmas tree. 

Later, in life, we understood better what it was that was behind the "magic". It was someone who had to work hard to raise money for our gifts, to go out to buy them and then wrap them carefully and place them under the tree.

 

 

For many cases our goals are nothing more than a "wishing list" that we write down. Few of us are willing to go out and work hard to "get them home under the tree." To reach your goals you need to walk the talk. You need to go from do-it, to do-it-now. The difference between the doers and the non-doers is that the doers put their marching-boots on and do what the non-doers don't do.

A goal that is not written down is just a dream. A goal that is written down without a plan to achieve it, is just a wishing list. Any plan of action without the discipline to follow it trough is doomed to fail. It will only be a goal, dream, vision or a great idea.

"The primary cause of success in life is the ability to set and achieve goals. That´s why the people who do not have goals are doomed forever to work for those who do. You either work to achieve your own goals or you work to achieve someone else´s goals." (Brian Tracy)

There is a crucial difference between setting goals and achieving them.

christer.rasmusson@mccarthy.se

You need two things to turn a dream into reality

Jeff Hayzlett"I know what it means to start a company, to have two filing cabinets with a door on top as a desk. If you haven't laid awake at night wondering if your going to make payroll tomorrow, then you haven't lived."

(Jeff Hayzlett, former Cheif Marketing Manager at KODAK, and writer)

 

 

If you are not willing to take the risk you should not be in this business. And that goes for any business...

You need two things to turn a dream into reality. You need to be willing to take the risk, and you need to work hard to minimize that risk.

Every generation, in the history of the world, has brought forth slackers. But at the same time has every generation, in the history of the world, brought forth people that want more. People that want to have more, give more, see more, understand more, earn more, share more, learn more and teach more. If you want to be truly successful you need to take that "want more" and turn it into "do more".

The difference between the doers and the non-doers is that the doers put their marching-boots on and do what the non-doers don't do.

christer.rasmusson@mccarthy.se