Beyond Envisioning: Success in and out of the Workplace

Updated on April 18, 2019
Clint Harris profile image

Clint has worked in various fields at differing levels of administration and management.

The Real World

Whether we like it or not, the real world is a lot like a game of chess: it takes several good moves to get ahead and only one bad move to throw the game. Only, life is a lot harder than chess, and it usually seems like we have only pawns on our side while everyone else has a full collection of knights, bishops, rooks, etc. What then are we to do with our meager pawns?

A lot of people will tell you to envision success, or envision yourself achieving the results you want. The author of The Secret made more money than I can justifiably imagine just writing about visualizing success. That book sits on the shelves of more middle class men and women than it does millionaires, so clearly it isn't just that simple. There has to be a deeper philosophy here yet to be examined. Envisioning the end is important so we know what we need to do to get there-- but how we get there is more important, and is usually not emphasized as being nearly as important. What I am talking about is not just knowing the steps- I'm talking about knowing the steps and then improving upon them.


Connect the Dots

So often we have motivational speakers and influencers telling us to envision our goals, and that we can then project those successes into truths. What I am here to say is that this kind of thinking needs a slight change. What we need to start doing is connecting the dots between start and finish. When we envision our success without actually understanding the process of how to get there, we undermine the potential that the result actually has. Envisioning a success and then trying to achieve it is great in simple challenges; however, what we face today is not so simple. Let's look at an example:

I have a dream of running a successful marketing consulting firm. As a result of this dream and the concepts I have of what this looks like, I set out to achieve this goal and aim to create this company precisely how I envisioned it. As a result, I do everything necessary to achieve it, always holding in my mind this idea of success that I initially held.

Now, there are two very possible options that can manifest as reality: I get to the end and simply fail. It is the wrong place and wrong time for this marketing firm to have been created. Or, I succeed and my marketing firm achieves the success that I initially envisioned. Great, right? Well, not so much. When we have envisioned a singular success and maintained that as our primary driving force and motivation, we have limited the potential that our success might have had and we are none the wiser for it. What we need to do is focus on the process, envision what every major milestone is and how we maximize the potential in each of those steps; then we connect the dots.

Let Those Dots Network

Let's say instead we go about this same scenario, but instead we focus on each incremental piece of the puzzle, maximizing the potential of each step. Like I said previously, life is much more multifaceted and layered than this linear instruction we like to use of "envision your success."

I want to start a marketing firm. My first step is to create a business plan, but instead of just creating a business plan and moving to the next step, I meet with a consultant about marketing start-ups. The consultant gives me insight into how my own business will be run and provides me significant networking resources. Through this consultant, I attend a networking seminar and am introduced to potential business partners. While I am making conversation with one of these individuals, he turns me onto a new concept involved in marketing that I have never before heard of, influencing what kind of business I intend to create. Additionally, instead of an S-corporation, I now intend to create an LLC because of the tax benefits I was previously unaware of. This now influences my end result and my vision of successful entrepreneurship is completely altered. Now, when I move on and file my fictitious business name and get my license, I now have to meet with an accountant because my business can now be taxed in a different manner than before, changing how I do business entirely.

If we take each step as seriously as what I have described here, and we pursue each milestone with as much intensity and discipline toward unearthing as much possible information about each step as this, then your successes will compound and snowball into an end result much greater than what you had initially conceived. You should be envisioning the success of each step once you begin that step before you can even fathom accurately envisioning your end result. When you finish one point, you now have an entirely new foundation and understanding of what your next step might actually be. Whereas before it might have been A to B, now it's A to A2. When I spoke of life being a game of chess, this is what I am talking about: turning your pawns into something greater.

Things are Looking Up

Snowball vs Snowman

It is important to note that I am not saying you should not envision yourself being successful; far from it actually! Often that initial vision we have of our successes is a catalyst that gets the ball rolling. What I am saying is to use that initial concept of success as a motivator to get into step one, and then absolutely ditch that vision of success and keep it only as a reference for what you're loosely aiming for. Instead, focus on the result that can come from the successes of each of the points between your start and your end. Each time you complete a step, your concept of success should change with your understanding of what you can truly achieve.

If your ideas are snowballs and we start out with a snowball rolling and it is always aimed at becoming a larger snowball, that's exactly what we will end with. But if we start out with an idea of a snowball and realize that multiple big snowballs makes a snowman, then don't be content with a large snowball; instead, make a snowman.

Questions & Answers

    © 2019 Clint

    Comments

      0 of 8192 characters used
      Post Comment

      No comments yet.

      working

      This website uses cookies

      As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, toughnickel.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

      For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://toughnickel.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

      Show Details
      Necessary
      HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
      LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
      Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
      AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
      HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
      HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
      Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
      CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
      Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
      Features
      Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
      Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
      Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
      Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
      Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
      VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
      PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
      Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
      MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
      Marketing
      Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
      Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
      Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
      Statistics
      Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
      ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
      Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)
      ClickscoThis is a data management platform studying reader behavior (Privacy Policy)