Direct Marketing Article
Why Goalonaries Don't Exist
By Marjorie Wolter, Ph.D.
Liam was at a breaking point. Economic pressures at work and home were
unrelenting. He was used to having a clear sense of how to be a winner for
his company but the game had changed. For the first time, Liam hadn't a clue
about how to pull a success out of thin air. More than well trained, he was
disciplined at goal setting and achieving, but the market conditions he
depended upon to chart his course had been decimated. How could he assemble
a new roadmap without any landmarks? What had been a hyper-speed success
trajectory felt like it was ready for a nosedive. Only one thing could alter
Liam's crash and burn mentality: a vision of success in spite of the
apparent chaos in his industry.
Periods of invention and periods of crisis are similar in that effectively
navigating them employs vision. These times delineate differences between "goalonaries"
and "visionaries." "Goalonaries" are individuals who progress through,
committing to and fulfilling a series of goals, forsaking the big picture
and alternative opportunities. Without a visionary's command of foresight,
of prying into the future, goal setters are of no use. Routinely employed
problem solving skills are either no longer meaningful during
breakthrough/chaos, or they must be applied from a new perspective.
Visionaries thoroughly comprehend this - thus the designation. They are not
swayed, at least not for long, by what lesser mortals brand as calamity.
No matter how jazzed up the thinking, only your logical mind is activated
when delineating goals. Vision accesses unadulterated creativity and
inspired thought. It is vital to understand that the essence of vision is
uniquely your own, a distinct combination of mind, body and spirit. The
results you bring to the table will never be able to be duplicated. Vision
is the manifestation of your unencumbered virtuoso in action and it answers
the age-old question: what would you do if you knew you could not fail?
Accessing authentic vision can be tricky if, as in Liam's example, he cannot
relax. Coaxing vision out of the shadows of stress calls for the twin
strengths of rock solid self-esteem and inner calm. Here are a few steps on
making vision's appearance a sure thing:
1) Remember a time when you were unquestionably successful in your personal
life or business. It doesn't matter how or when this happened, just hone in
on what that event felt like. Focus on every detail leading up to and
including the moment when your achievement became real. Spend at least five
minutes a day going back to that time and focusing on the sensation of being
successful. When times appear to be getting tough, people often think in
circles of negativity etching those patterns in their brains. There's no
more efficient method for unwinding a downward spiral than anchoring in the
absolute truth of personal accomplishment.
2) Think about what you did that got you to victory in the first place. What
internal talents did you employ? This step requires total self-trust, and
reacquainting with long-forgotten talents without judgment. List them
specifically, refer to them in your five-minute sessions (from step #1).
Repetition of this regimen will undoubtedly yield previously unrecognized
faculties. No matter how much you have already achieved, there are
multitudes of assets lying dormant within the scope of your intelligence
awaiting discovery and your authorization to go to work. Let them perform
for you by continuously adding attributes to your list as they become
3) When you spend time anchoring on your chosen achievement, breathe deeply.
Deep breathing has a natural calming effect necessary for resurrecting your
internal genius and allowing vision to flow. You will literally be able to
sense your body downshifting. Your genius self knows exactly how to employ
circular thinking to fixate on positivity. You may even ask for vision to
send solutions during your sleep that will really get any remnant of
conscious doubt out of the way.
4) Keep a pencil and paper, or your favorite note-taking device, close by.
You don't want to miss a single bit of the information your inner genius is
begging to release. Stay open to being awed at the information vision
presents to you because you are always bigger than your circumstances.
5) Repeat step #3 whenever your attitude takes a dive. This is the cue to
use your wings inherent expertise (not a business-y phrase) allowing ONLY a
positive outcome to occur. You will feel better, be more effective, and
anchor powerhouse-thinking patterns, as any visionary leader would.
Whatever your position in business, you are, by default, a leader. Leading
one's self is an essential. Disciplined personal development unavoidably
becomes reflected in professional preeminence. Take responsibility for that
fact, knowing with absolute certainty you have a failsafe operational system
for maneuvering through every situation with exponentially paced
proficiency. Relax with the assurance that five minutes a day spent securing
a clear vision will systematically generate success.
About the Author:
Dr. Marjorie Wolter is a speaker, mentor, and founder of Vita Celebrata, a
consulting firm specializing in inspired leadership, and creating unique
cultures of success. With over twenty years of experience, she is a catalyst
for those who will only be satisfied having achieved the highest level of
business success. Marjorie has authored three books: "Magnificent Men are
Everywhere," "Seekers and Evolutionaries," and "Seeking Celebration." You
are invited to learn more about her speaking and consulting by visiting
www.drmarjoriewolter.com or calling 800-959-8096.