Rear View Mirror – the Power of Vision Driven Results
February 2, 2012
Your ideas, insights, gifts, skills, and experiences are money.
Uniquely being you delivers value to others. In a business environment, they (your customers) give you money for that value exchange. I refer to this as the fuel that runs your economic engine. Cash and profits are essential to the health and operation of your company. But how easily you make money, quickly you build a company, magnetically attract customers, and gain credibility all depends on you.
In this metaphor, you are the driver of your high performing entrepreneurial vehicle. Ultimately you are responsible for how and when you arrive at your destination. When it comes to significant goal achievement I find the "rear view mirror" technique to be highly effective for three reasons. It is future focused It engages your RAS (Reticular Activation System) Here is an excellent article on what RAS is and why it matters in goal setting.
Repeated use of the 'rear view mirror' technique will reveal self sabotage and detours that delay arrival at your destination. Here is how it works.
Let's take a one year view and work backwards.
Based on your income or revenue goals, picture yourself and ask yourself.
“What do I see in my rear view mirror? What are the significant benchmarks that contributed to my goal achievement?”
If you are a service professional you might be celebrating sustainable marketing outreach that fed consistent prospects converting to clients you love all year long and a work/life balance with income that keeps you motivated.
If you are a consultant, speaker, or expert you might be celebrating new book sales, successful speaking engagements, new products released, recognition by peers, etc.
If you are an entrepreneurial rainmaker (you are building a company that depends on others labor while you attract and convert new business opportunities) you might be celebrating key people on your team, their achievements and contributions, your market penetration, recognition by peers, new product release, etc.
Next bring the view back to the short term. Picture yourself out 90 days or at the end of a quarter. What benchmarks do you see in your rear view that needs to be met this quarter to significantly move you toward that celebration?
Now, bring the view into this month and next week. What benchmarks do you need to see in your rear view next week and next month?Identify and make SMART commitments to the key activities that create forward movement.
Hindrances and helps for using the rear view mirror technique.
Master your motivators. Learn the people or activities that distract you and align with those who inspire, encourage, and accelerate you.
Find the juice in your future. When you are looking back on the benchmarks, achievements, and celebrations invest in feeling the full impact of emotions. Ask yourself, “What does this look like? How do I feel? How do others see me? What are they saying about me? What am I saying about myself? What is the financial impact of achieving this benchmark?”
Keep your head up for pot holes, road blocks and detours. What would you like to see in your rear view mirror next week? What's going to keep you from accomplishing it? Strategize to work around them, avoid or eliminate the obstacles.
Key to monetizing your talents is creating practices that allow you to work in your sweet spot most of the time. Practice the future focused "rear view mirror" technique to get more juice in goal achievement process.