In the first post of this 5 day series 5 days to Change for Success – Day 1: Clear the decks! we started to clear the path in your life ready for building strong foundations on which you can create the results you really want.
Once you have cleared your decks, you are ready to start putting your strong foundations in place to set yourself up to succeed.
Why is creating strong foundations important?
Imagine a builder building a dream home. If the builder didn’t put strong foundations in place before starting to build, what he is building is likely to be unstable, not be fit for purpose and even fall down.
The same is true for creating success in your life, work and relationships – the stronger the foundations, the better results you will get.
Four essentials to create strong foundations for success
The following four points are an essential part of building strong foundations in your life.
1. Create a vision.
Without a vision you can’t decide what goals and actions to take every day, week, month and year to move you forward to better results and a more fulfilling reality. Not having a vision for you life is like not having a map or GPS as you head off on a road trip – you are not in control of which direction you are going or where you will end up. Not good!
So make some time and create a vision of what you want your life to be like. Think of all the important areas of life. For example, health, relationships, finances, work, community, environment etc.
Write it down using the present tense. Be really specific. Put it somewhere you will see it every day. If you prefer visuals, find images that reflect each aspect of your vision and create an inspiring and motivating vision board.
2. Create a B.H.A.G.
This as a Big Hairy Audacious Goal. Create a goal that totally fills you with passion, excitement and inspires you. It is this that will help you keep going when the going gets tough. Having something that you feel is worth fighting for is powerful and motivates you to keep going in the direction you want your life to go.
3. Clarify your values.
True success, freedom and fulfillment lies in orientated all areas of your life around your values.
Take some time to work out what are the most important things to you? What do you value most? What are the values that would bring you most fulfillment if every area of your life was a reflection of them? Get clear and specific.
4. Create your Success Definition.
In the blog post Whose definition of success are you living by? I explained why this is so important. I recommend reading it before doing this exercise.
Create your own defintion of success based on your values and vision for all areas of your life. Be careful you are not listing down other people’s idea of success. It’s time to create success on your own terms.
Once you have completed these points you will have created really strong foundations on which you can start to move forward and build the life you really want for yourself.
Now it’s time to get into action. It is time to leverage your strong foundations to get the results you want in the life you are building. That is what we will be focussing on in part three of this mini-series – Getting into Action.
In the meantime, have fun playing with creating your strong foundations and do let me know how you get on.