Life Mapping: A Vision of Success
Success is more than economic gains, titles, and degrees. Planning for success is about mapping out all the aspects of your life. Similar to a roadmap, you need to define the following details: origin, destination, vehicle, travel bag, landmarks, and route.
Likewise, if you are looking to succeed online, you can simply follow this same advice.
One of the very best Internet business success strategies that I teach my students uses this same roadmap theory for planning their course of action. Consequently, when my students implemented these steps, they achieved goals beyond their wildest dreams.
For instance, let me tell you about Jean, who was one of my students that applied this strategy successfully…
Origin: Who you are
A map has a starting point. Your origin is who you are right now. So when I asked Jean to introduce herself, she said “Hi, I’m Jean and I am a 27-year old, real estate agent.” But this statement didn’t tell me about who Jean is; it only told me her present occupation. So I told her to dig a little deeper.
To gain insights about yourself, you need to look closely at your beliefs, values, and principles aside from your economic, professional, cultural, and civil status. Moreover, you can also reflect on your experiences to give you insights on your good and not-so-good traits, skills, knowledge, strengths, and weaknesses.
Upon introspection, Jean realized that she was highly motivated, creative, detail-oriented, and a vision-seeker. Furthermore, she believed that life must serve a purpose, and that she was here to make a difference.
Destination: A vision of who you want to be
“Who do want to be?” this is your vision. Now it is important that you know yourself so that you would have a clearer idea of who you want to be; and the things you want to change whether they are attitudes, habits, or points of view. If you hardly know yourself, then your vision and targets for the future would also be unclear. Your destination should cover all the aspects of your being: the physical, emotional, intellectual, and spiritual.
Continuing Jean’s story, after she defined her beliefs, values, and principles in life, she decided that she wanted to start her own company that helped real estate investors find dilapidated properties (or fixer-uppers) and teach them how to renovate them.
Vehicle: Your Mission
A vehicle is the means by which you can reach your destination. It can be correlated to your mission or vocation in life. To a great extent, your mission would depend on what you know about yourself.
Based on Jean’s self-assessment, she decided that she was suited to help real estate investors. Her chosen profession was a real estate agent and since she was familiar with investing in real estate herself, so this seemed to be a perfect fit.
Then describing her vision more clearly… it was to live a life dedicated to refurbishing worn-out neighborhoods in underprivileged areas.
Travel bag: Your knowledge, skills, and attitude
Food, drinks, medicines, and other travelling necessities are contained in a bag. Applying this concept to your life map, you also bring with you certain knowledge, skills, and attitudes. These determine your competence and help you in attaining your vision. This being said, there is a need for you to assess what knowledge, skills, and attitudes you have at present and what you need to gain along the way. This two-fold assessment will give you insights on your landmarks or measures of success.
When assessing her current travel bag, Jean realized that she needed to gain professional knowledge and skills on internet marketing so that she could reach a large number of people who wanted to become real estate investors. She knew that she was lacking in her online skills so she realized that this was something she would have to learn quickly.
Landmarks and Route: Your roadmap to success
Landmarks confirm if you are on the right track while the route determines the travel time. Therefore, in planning out your Internet business success strategies, you also need to have landmarks and a route. These landmarks are your measures of success.
These measures must be specific, measurable, attainable, realistic, and time bound. Thus you cannot set two major landmarks such as learning how to build a website and implementing online marketing strategies within a period of two days, this is simply unrealistic for someone just starting out.
Going back to Jean as an example, she identified the following landmarks in her life map:
- Find the best way to learn about internet marketing within 1 month
- Build her online business within 3 months
- Learn about generating traffic to her new online business within 6 months
- Launch her new business and starting her own training for real estate investors within 1 year
Anticipate Turns, Detours, and Potholes
The purpose of your life map is to minimize hasty and spur-of-the-moment decisions that can make you lose your way. But oftentimes our plans are modified along the way due to some inconveniences, delays, and other situations beyond our control. Like in any path, there are turns, detours, and potholes. Consequently, we must anticipate them and adjust accordingly.
Find a Teacher Who Has Traveled Down the Road Before You
The best way to implement your vision is to find someone who has successfully traveled down the road before you and follow their roadmap. This way you can avoid pitfalls and mistakes that they have already conquered. Success leaves clues!
Now luckily, in Jean’s search to learn about internet business success strategies, she discovered Spiral Vision. So all Jean had to do was to follow the proven step-by-step roadmap provided in the Spiral Vision Home Study Course to turn her initial vision into an internet business success story.