The Right Time To Visualize

Visualizing where we want to end up is a big part of leadership. We’ve got to have an idea of where we’re going.

When we visualize, it’s like painting a picture of the end. It’s beautiful and we know the way we want it to end.

Did you know though that you can visualize the end at the wrong time?

Sunset Vision at Kalalau Trail

Image by Paul Bica

Visualizing At The Wrong Time

There’s a right and a wrong time to visualize. The wrong time can kill your momentum.

You shouldn’t visualize the end victory while you’re in the middle of the work. It can cripple you. Taking away vital energy you need to complete the work.

Meb Keflezighi, an Olympic runner and the 2009 New York Marathon winner, discovered this the hard way. In his book, Run To Overcome, he describes an incident where he visualized his win only to fail miserably.

Leadership Resource: NeuYear Calendar

As a leader, your life is probably pretty busy. You’ve got meetings multiple times a week, conferences, and outside activities.

Keeping track of this can be difficult. I know it has been for me.

NeuYear Calendar

Today, I’d like to introduce you to a great leadership resource I’ve discovered called the NeuYear Calendar. The calendar retails for $30 but NeuYear was kind enough to provide me with a special discount code to save you 30%. Read to the end of the post to discover how you can claim this exclusive discount.

What I Like About The NeuYear Calendar

The NeuYear calendar is laid out so you can see the whole year at a glance. This makes planning easier as you can see your whole year as you’re writing in key dates and times. There’s no having to flip through a paged calendar and backtrack to insure you’re not duplicating events over multiple months.

Why You Must Ask

Many people are self starters. They’re ready to pick up a task and get it done. You love them.

Then there are those that never start. They never seem to do anything.

There’s a simple action that needs to happen.

Question Mark Graffiti

Image by Balil Kamoon

You must ASK them to do a task.

Asking is the beginning of receiving. Make sure you don’t go to the ocean with a teaspoon. At least take a bucket so the kids won’t laugh at you.
— Jim Rohn

It’s not that they don’t want to be productive or to start a product. Many times it’s they don’t know the task is important. So they let it linger.

Rosario Dawson and Maria Teresa Kumar of Voto Latino learned this lesson. Their mission is to get Latinos excited to vote.

The creativity of children

Have you ever noticed how creative children can be? Give them a set of characters and a setting. Their imagination runs wild.

You may get an epic space battle, wild animals in the city, or a cops and robbers story.

New Star Wars characters

Star Wars characters created by a child

The above drawing was created by one of my friend’s children. He loves Star Wars and knows that I do as well. So as a birthday present, he created three new characters.

It blew me away. He is only eight but has such an imagination.

This makes me wonder whatever happened to the creativity I had as a child.

I know I had a much more active imagination when I was younger. There were days of GI Joe battles, sticks becoming guns, or my backyard becoming a place of adventure.

Have you wandered far from those days? Has your creativity waned?

The Power Of Goals

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This year has been a crazy year in my house.

I started to blog, my wife quit her job, and we have taken on new responsibilities at our church.

To say this year has been hectic would be an understatement.

I can not wait to see what the new year brings.

Yet I already know some of the things that it will bring. That is because I have set specific goals for my life this year.

Here are a few of my goals for the new year:

  • Blog at least three times a week on Monday, Wednesday, Friday
  • Write a non-fiction book
  • Run a 10K with the possibility of a 15K
  • Participate in a mud run
  • Ice climb
  • Walk with my wife daily
  • Complete 4 books with my wife
  • Read 24 books