"A vision without a task is but a dream. A task without a vision is drudgery. A vision with a task is the hope of the world."
—Anonymous

At the start of 2020, did you make a list of goals for the year? Even if you aren't in the habit of writing resolutions, you probably had some hopes and plans in mind. At that point, few could have imagined the challenges we would face. Now, in September, I would bet that few of our original goals for 2020 have been realized — though we can also view this as an opportunity to shift our mindset, reset priorities, and sharpen our vision for the future.

Most of us live our day-to-day lives on automatic without giving much thought to a larger purpose or meaning for who we are or what we do. Even leaders with the greatest of intentions can fall into this trap. So, what’s the problem?

Leadership that lacks forward thinking can quickly lead to discouragement and financial failure. Therefore, leadership without vision is actually dangerous! Think about it this way:

Imagine you are traveling in a car with your team, and each of you have your heads buried in your GPS devices. No one, not even YOU, the driver, is looking  at the road! In this scenario, it is difficult to see how you could possibly avoid an accident, right? However, when you pay attention, ignore the distractions, take in the scenery, and are present to where you are going, you will have a successful trip! It's the same with being a visionary leader.

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It’s time to get ready! What do you want? What is missing in your life... fun, a connection with your family, or financial freedom and well-being? What are you committed to? Where do you want to be in your life by this time next year? Maybe most importantly, do you have an outrageous, full and complete plan for living a balanced life? Let’s take a look at why a written plan is the key to having it all, and I mean it ALL.

My goals list concepts of target and objectiveWhen you write your plan, you will see what you do not know about the plan you are writing. Write down the plan for what you want in all domains of your life—vibrant health, business success, effective marketing, a fun and fulfilling personal, spiritual, and family life, and financial well-being. The process will provide you with the opportunity to discover what you don't know, the answers, and create the best plan of action based upon those answers, before the plan is set in motion.

A written plan points the way to success. Without a written plan, your actions will tend to be random and subject to derailment at the smallest “bump in the road” or distraction along the way.

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