So far in 2017, I’ve been very focused on trying to establish a clear vision for myself. As a full time #girlboss, I read/listen to a lot of personal development books which ALL say that you need a strong vision to drive you to new levels of success. Sure, I have big dreams & ideas – I’d like to pay off all my student loans, I’d like to travel anywhere I want, I’d like to expand my professional status (I didn’t get my MBA for nothing! 😉 ), etc. However none of those things excited me enough to work harder in my business and grow my team. Until….
I started to read “Get Over Your Damn Self”. The 2nd chapter is all about crafting your vision. Throughout the entire chapter, I was like “mhmm”, “yep, I’ve heard that before”, “I know what SMART goals are”, yadda-yadda. However, at the very end the author (Romi Neustadt) gave us homework. It was to think about & write down:
- What is your WHY?
- Why is this so important to you?
- If you don’t achieve your WHY, what is the pain you’ll experience?
- Look ahead 5 years into the future. If you don’t achieve your WHY, where will you be and what will you have given up all because you didn’t follow through and take action on what was important?
BAM. I only EVER focused on #1 & 2! For the past 3 years, I’ve been so blessed (from hard work, dedication and the universe) that I’ve been traveling more than I ever have in my entire 28 years. I have more money than I’ve ever had. I work with my team of amazing women that I truly don’t where I’d be without them. <3 I’ve felt on top of the world. I’ve been so happy, that I never even considered what it would FEEL like to NOT be able to do/have those things.
So the other day, I sat down, and really thought about what it would be like if I was always in debt – if it weren’t from student loans, it was from another list of loans. Or if I didn’t have the money or time to travel. Or if I stayed stuck at my current position forever. Or if I couldn’t provide for my future family in the way that I want.
IT. SUCKED. Immediately I felt a sense of stress; concern; sadness and wondered what it would to do my mindset, to my relationship & to the opportunities (or lack thereof) presented to me.
There it was…my WHY. I want to be debt-free; not only to say “I paid off all my loans!” but to feel the pride behind it. To have the disposable income to do what I want, where I want, with who I want. I want to continue my loving relationship without adding any stress over finances. I want to inspire women to be their badass selves on a much bigger level.
Those things (and the lack of those things) inspires me to push harder every minute of every day.
So there it is. Look out world, I’m coming for you. <3
I’m curious! Do you have a vision that motivates you to move beyond where you’re at now in life?