Your Ideal, Ideal Scene

If you don’t know where you are going, you might not get there. —Yogi Berra

an ideal scene, achieve your goal

Starting a new direction in life or a new business is fresh; it has a great appeal. It’s a clean start, a blank slate, new interest. Exciting—and scary.

We have our dreams—can they really come true? Can we make it through all the barriers and hurdles and competition and succeed?

Yes you can succeed! What is success anyway?

In the game of life, success depends on just a few factors:

  1. having the right tools and knowing how to use them
  2. concentrated efforts
  3. knowing where you are going

This is the second in my series of Success Posts. If you haven’t yet done the steps here; please do them now. One thing we don’t want to do is skip any steps.

#3 Knowing where you are going is by far the most important.

And the absolute way to do that takes one single step: write it down.

What Time Is It? You Mean Now? —Yogi Berra

Yes, Decide. Most people don’t really think about this. They don’t mean to mess up here, it actually may not occur to them. Its a bit of a “well, if it doesn’t work out I’ll do this instead…” or “I’ll give it 6 months…” or… The mistake made is lack of decision.

And one great way to never decide is to skip the Define Your Vision steps (If this is you, please do yourself the service of actually taking pen to paper—or fingers to keyboard—and do those steps. Yes, I mean now.)

You must decide where you want to go. Failure to do this causes indecision, paralysis and uncertainty about your future because you’ve left it up to chance. Next come bouts of procrastination, followed by guilt of said procrastination, followed by even more procrastination.

Then a truly amazing thing happens: It’s called the “I never really wanted it anyway syndrome.” Wow. This will gnaw as an emptiness for a very long time.

Work out your ideal scene with care.

Have you realized that if you don’t know your ideal scene (what you want to have) all the things you try to do will be wrong?

Take 5 and write your vision


Do this: It is 5 years from today and you have everything you ever wanted in your life, except you haven’t seen one real or imaginary best friend in 5 years. Write a really long letter to catch this person up to how your perfect life (5 years from now) is going. Describe every aspect of your life to your friend, everything.

  1. What activities are you doing?
  2. What is your daily health routine?
  3. What personal accomplishments have you made happen?
  4. What is your significant relationship like?
  5. Do you have children? If so, what personal things have they accomplished?
  6. What does your career or personal business look like? Exactly down to how far you commute, your work-hours, your co-workers and more.
  7. What are your hobbies?
  8. Where do you live and in what type of home? What color even and how decorated…
  9. What do you do for spiritual enhancement?

Since you are writing about what you already have 5 years from now, it is right here, right now. Yo …have 3 huskies and finally made that move to a small town in New Mexico where you built your compact but energy-efficient house. You start each day with a cup of chamomile tea sitting on the south-facing deck with your husband who… whatever you envision as your complete and detailed ideal scene.

Work on this letter until you have all the important details. Then post it on the wall next to your goals and vision.

“And realize, too, that this is a great way to make dreams come true.” —L. Ron Hubbard

(whose management technology I use every day, including tools for evaluating and achieving the Ideal Scene).

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Making Your Dreams Come True: Define Your Vision

Is your life moving forward the way you want? Toward your vision? Or is your precious time and energy spent going many directions at once and never seem to achieve your goals?

What makes the difference between being successful and not?

successful business professional with time to relaxTo be successful we have to focus and create power in everything we do. We cannot be a leaf blowing in the wind at the effect of the whims of the universe. It doesn’t matter what area of life we’re discussing, we have to do more with less time and to do that we have to align our actions.

This is a vital truth for any professional, executive, employee or domestic goddess (thank you comedienne Rosanne Barr). It is true for all my drugless practitioner clients and a place we start in my trap door analysis. We have to be extremely competent with how we use our time and energy. If we don’t remain focused and purposeful with what we do; we don’t succeed.


To succeed, you must define yourself and your vision clearly.

The two biggest mistakes I see are:

  1. trying to be all things to all people
  2. lack of a clear plan and vision

Usually, lack of a clear vision causes “trying to be all”; which unfortunately equals doing none of it well.

What if you had a tool that would not only help you refine your vision but achieve it? And in doing so created time and got you the sorts of clients you really wanted?

Creating and Using a Vision plan

How many of us make New Year’s resolutions only to find that we forgot about them or didn’t follow through? “Stuff” got in the way. This is not a rehashed resolution talk.

In fact, let’s talk about it in a way you have probably never heard before. In fact, if you have not already purchased and read Arte Maren’s excellent book “The Natural Laws of Management” I highly recommend you do so. Arte has clearly and concisely explained how to set and achieve your goals.

Step 1: Define your goals

Don’t forget to include personal goals. “See lots of patients” well OK, but what about other areas of your life? Those have to run well also. Put them down.

Write 3-4 goals that are broad, long-term and really reflect your big think. “See lots of patients” is truthfully a bit too broad, how about “become known as the most effective weight loss program” or “transition to a cash-based holistic health practice in one year.” Or mine: “Create a ripple effect of successful independent drug-free practitioners who themselves are making a difference by healing the lives of many using safe and natural techniques.”

Take 5 and write your vision

Don’t forget a few other things like “be a great mom (dad) with time for my children after school” or “run a marathon” or “contribute more to my church” or… Create a “vision board” with images of how you see these areas of your life.
Take 5-10 minutes and do this now.

Step 2: Put Purpose Into It.

The concept of purpose is sometimes hard to grasp—especially as a distinct thing that isn’t a goal. “What is your purpose in life?” How many times do we hear that? Do we know what it really means? Is it enough to answer “to help people”? No.

Your purpose  is the unique path you are going to take to achieve your goal(s). For example, I do honestly really love to help people. Being a driven type-A single mom with degrees in health and molecular biology but a passion for healing with nutrition alone I could either be dispersed all over the place or I could cleverly align all those things and flourish and prosper. My purpose? “To make evidence-based holistic health approaches well known in the scientific and medical communities and provide consulting services to help practitioners who use those approaches grow their businesses. To work independently so I can attend to the needs of my son.”

Take 5 and write your vision
What’s your purpose? What path or skills do you uniquely have or want to apply toward achieving your goals? List them now.


Step 3: (Don’t keep it secret) Put your goals and purposes in a visible place.

No, I’m not kidding. Having this posted on the wall in front of your desk or other visible place is vital! This super-secret step is missed by many; it’s gathering dust somewhere.

If you wrote down some goals for yourself earlier this year, or last, or the year before… and stuck them in a drawer… take them out now and post them right in front of you so you can see them. Do it right now. Don’t laugh this off as “I don’t need to do this” or “I have it all in my head.”

If it isn’t written, it isn’t real. And a corollary, if you can’t see it, you’ll forget it. Go back and do these steps. Then post your vision where you will see it.

Take 5 and write your vision
These are the most powerful steps you may ever take. So please do take 10 minutes and revolutionize your life.

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