Asulon Collective featuring Bryan Weschler with @Live.YourVision!
I am so honored to have the incredible Bryan share with us about this topic. What he has to say is practical to apply and so worthwhile. Bryan has an array of personal and professional experiences in leadership, business, entrepreneurship and finance. He has a hunger for continual growth and development; he’s constantly learning something new. He is a servant leader, has a humble heart and is so wise. Bryan is a great communicator and encourager; he’s positive, inspiring, kind, intentional and authentic. He’s constantly smiling; his laugh is unforgettable coming from his contagious, joyful spirit! He lives by the simple, yet challenging mantra “one step at a time.”
Bryan has provided great help and much encouragement to me for many years, but especially over the last several months as I’ve been discovering the vision for Asulon Collective and developing a plan. He’s recently launched a platform that will encourage you too and provide you strategies to live your own vision. You can follow him on Instagram at @live.yourvision where the mission is to inspire you, enhance mindset, and help you clarify your vision.
Hi, Asulon Family! It is an honor to join you on the blog today. I have known Emily for several years now and to hear her heart, vision, and passion is awe-inspiring, and I am grateful you are here today reading this entry and following the Asulon Collective journey.
We are going to dive right in!
Let’s talk about vision. Today, I want to talk to you directly. I want us to chat and contemplate the vision for your life, and how that can be a true place of refuge, peace, clarity, and direction for you.
You see, I would not call myself a Bible scholar, but there is ancient text in the book of Proverbs that says, “Where there is no vision the people perish.” Huh? Perish? Really? The definition of perish is to suffer a death. Yikes! That is somewhat intense, but why so intense? I am glad you asked that great question. Let me ask you a question, ‘What direction are our lives going with no vision?’
- Family & Friends
- Work & Career
- Passion & Ambitions
- Health & Fitness
Imagine waking up and having no vision for any of these areas of our lives. A lack of vision for these things is a kind of slow death. A perishing. OK, before this gets super depressing I am going to offer some hope, clarity, and direction for you today. Because no matter where your vision lands for your life, or for a specific area of your life, it can all change in a moment. I am going to share a three-step vision framework that can begin to help you shape a clear vision for your life.
We are going to focus on three words. In preparation for this I want you to think of a triangle divided into three sections. The bottom section, which can call the foundation. The middle section, which we can call the body, and the top section we can call the pinnacle. A quick reminder before we jump in: this activity is a fluid, living document. There is no need to try and figure it all out right away, but hopefully it can begin to stir your heart and mind to what can be.
Here is a look at the three-step vision framework:
Step 1 – Word 1
Let us start at the foundation of this triangle. The word here is ‘what’. We will correlate a few questions with each word within the triangle.
What would you like to do that you have never done?
What would you do with your family?
What sets your soul on fire?
What inspires you?
What would you spend your time doing if you had unlimited time?
What places would you love to visit?
What type of work would you love to do?
I hope in asking what question it begins to surface some of those dreams, desires, and simply the thought of what can be in your life bring a new energy to your thoughts and into your life.
Step 2 – Word 2
Once we have laid a good foundation on what can be and what we can imagine, we will focus on our second word of the vision framework. Our second word is ‘how’. This is an important step in the vision framework because it is more of the planning & strategic portion of the framework. Like the late Jim Rohn says we do not just want mental candy. Thinking of what can be is amazing, but planning can identify a next step, which is incredibly inspiring. Here are a few questions to consider:
How can I begin to move towards my vision?
How can I get there?
How can I include others in my journey?
How can I identify the very next step?
The NBA. The next best action? Let me hang out at this point for a moment. A vision is a vision. It drives us, it compels us, it’s in the future. There is no need to get frustrated if you do not arrive tomorrow. There will be thousands of steps in the journey. Focus on what is the next best step you can take in that journey. This will help with clarity and will continue to build momentum.
Step 3 – Word 3
The last step of three-step vision framework is what I call the pinnacle and it’s probably the most important piece of the process. Once we have identified what it is that we want and work through how, we can begin to move there; now we need to dig deep and find out why. Which leads us to our third word, ‘why.’ The why question is really the heart question. For me personally it is the one that takes the longest to answer. I had to dig deep and really ask myself why I want that or why I want to achieve this or why do I really want to do that for them. I recently heard that to get ultra-clear on a particular thought, ask why three times with one specific area you are thinking through. For example, if I say I want to travel the world. OK, I’ll ask the first why? Once I get my answer, ask why again. And then again. Also, with the ‘why’ questions I want you to ask a few more questions to dig deeper questions as well. See below:
Why do I genuinely want to accomplish this?
Why do I want to be an example and role model to others?
Why is this so important to me?
Why am I so passionate about this area of life?
Who do I want to become?
Who do I aspire to be?
Who am I? (gifts, strengths, passions, etc.)
What is your why? (Legacy, impact, influence, etc.)
I hope and pray this brings a fresh perspective and clarity to your life. To the opposite of the ancient scripture we looked at earlier, “Where there is a vision the people thrive.” I want that for you, and I know that is available to you as well. It will require you to set time apart, and really contemplate, reflect, and think through the what, the how, and the why. I promise if you do, your vision will become clearer and possibilities will be numerous. I believe in you and in your vision. You got this.
Edited by: Alida Cassinari, @hacassinari
Permission to use photo from Bryan Weschler.