Do you have a vision of something you want to achieve but don’t know where to start? Are thoughts of getting started consumed by fear, lack of resources, or confusion, and now you find yourself procrastinating? Are you overthinking what it takes to accomplish it? Let’s start from scratch and get organized using this framework.
Start with your vision and dig deep into the purpose. Why do you want to achieve whatever it is that’s been in the back of your mind? Is this life-changing for you or your family? Is this a career change or a business you want to start? Define the purpose of this vision by understanding its value. What value does it bring to your life, job, or whatever your circumstance might be? Understanding the value will fuel the fire that will get you moving.
The more you value the vision, the more willing you are to do what it takes. You become inclined to take more risks, become more fearless, and perform with more confidence.
So, if you are delaying something you need to achieve, begin by defining your purpose. Every day, remind yourself of why you need to do it. This is where you need to start so you can ignite that fire deep inside you and get moving.
The next step to get moving is to plan. Plan out your route to success by setting goals. Within this Framework to Success, you can learn a new method of setting goals using the TRAK method, which you can find here.
Having a strong mind and body that supports your vision is the basis of a strong foundation. Just like any foundation, you make sure the elements that hold it together are strong enough to sustain your framework (vision, plan, execution, and commitment). One of the main elements that strongly supports and holds your foundation together is a sturdy set of core values.
Core values define who you are inside and determine how you perform outside. They can either be personal or organizational. They are a decree of what is right and wrong based on a belief system that is devoted to your vision. A solid set of core values will support your path to success if you are committed to them. When you commit to your core values, habits will develop a new mindset. A new perception is formed on how you view your path to success.
How will you define what your core values are? Start by finding out what core values align with your vision and purpose. Understanding your shortfalls, such as old habits, might keep you from the progression of what you want to achieve. Your shortfalls are anything that will hold you back from performing and achieving. Identify your shortfalls and define what core values will help you eliminate them. Living by core values requires sacrifice and discipline. Create a list of values that are suitable for your success. The values you choose will recondition your heart and mind if you remain committed to them. Have your list visible as much as possible. When you go to sleep and every morning when you wake up and even before you head out the door, look at your list. If you have a daily calendar or journal you always carry with you, then write them down in a place where they stand out as a reminder of who you are. As you establish habits based on these values, you may want to add more to your list. As your list grows, you can adapt to more changes and continue to align yourself more to your purpose and vision.
Each value is more than just a word on a list. You should describe it and what it means to you personally. Ask yourself specific questions to determine the core values relevant to your purpose. Here are some examples, “How are these values going to impact my behavior and attitude, and overall performance?”, “How can these values help me turn away from bad habits that are detrimental to my success?” Dig deep when asking yourself these questions. Your future will depend on it.
This phrase is the premise that the Framework to Success was built on. What does this exactly mean, “live to succeed, not to survive”? Let’s begin with the second half of this phrase. What does it mean to live to survive? When you know you are capable and worth more than what you are currently doing right now but don’t do anything about it, it’s because you are comfortable. Most of the time, that comfort is driven by fear of stepping outside the comfort zone and fear of taking the necessary risk to get out of the current situation and into a position where your actual worth will lead to success. This is living to survive. Don’t get comfortable if you are in a place you don’t want to be in for the rest of your life. Use the plateau that you are stuck on as a launchpad to succeed. Don’t live to just survive!
Now, those who live to succeed are fueled by purpose and will find creative ways to progress and move forward. They never feel stuck because their vision to succeed is always at the forefront of their mind. It doesn’t matter how uncomfortable the current situation is because they know it is temporary and know there is a purpose behind every circumstance. Someone who lives to succeed is driven and determined to execute every goal that leads to success.
Where do you find yourself right now? Living to survive, or living to succeed?
Fear is one of the biggest enemies to success. Fear disguises itself in many shapes and forms. It’s slick and devious enough to keep you from achieving results without you even knowing it. It can keep you locked in a position where you can’t move forward and reach that next level of progress.
To be a success, you must take the risk. This is where fear can take you and your future hostage, and usually, it happens at the beginning for most people. When that vision of a bright future comes to the forefront of your mind, fear comes in right away and tells you it’s too risky, or if you do “this,” then you may lose “that” if you fail. Fear likes to expose your failure before you even try to do anything! At this point, this is fear trying to shove you into a cage as you envision the outcome of your success.
Fear will lock you up and hold you hostage! But… you have the key!
When you are taken hostage by fear, you can see the success from inside this cage by picturing the outcome. Fear wants you to torture yourself by keeping your vision in your imagination and not acting on the possible. Remember, you have the key, and all you need to do is put the key in and open this cage. You can free yourself anytime you want! You just need to be willing to do it. Be ready to take the risk toward success.
If you have a fear of failure, a fear of being judged, or a fear of anything holding you back from success, then this is your time to realize that you have the key to your future! Fear is just a mindset that needs to be dealt with by you. You have the ultimate control to free yourself from this bondage. Now make things happen! Live to succeed, not to survive!