I Suggest You Emulate the Following Personal Vision Shaping Process of Frank McKinney
It's the end of the year, and time to think ahead to plan what you want to accomplish next year cultivation-wise, and life-wise. Remember, a job is what gives you money to pay the bills but your career is your higher calling involving what you want to accomplish in life. To stay on track in this direction, I always teach people the methods of Ben Franklin, Frank Bettger, Confucius and the "Rock ‘N Roll Real Estate Developer," Frank McKinney.
In his best-selling book, "Make it Big! 49 Secrets for Building a Life of Extreme Success," “rock and roll” real estate developer Frank McKinney told of a method of setting lifelong, yearly, and even weekly goals for his life that he lives by and measures himself up to. I have all this in the White Fat Cow ebook, which I advise you to pick up, but here's Frank's method in brief which I hope you can use this coming year to help keep aligned with your larger life goals and vision. Enjoy:
This simple planning process—setting aside one weekend a year to create a new personal vision statement, and then taking a couple of hours each Saturday to establish the goals that will help me turn that vision into reality—has been the bedrock underlying my success for the past 10 years. Once I started doing this, I found a marked change in my life and in my results. Sure, I was accomplishing more, since I was taking the time to plan my week. But more than that, I was linking my weekly goals to the vision of who I wanted to be.
A personal vision and mission statement is the agreement you make with yourself that this is who you want to be, how you want to act, what you will and won’t do, and how you want to appear in the world. It’s also a living, breathing document that will change over the years. I know there are some people who like to create 5- and 10-year plans for their lives, but I’m not one of them. Sure, I can have a sense of who I want to be 10 years from now, but I have found that redoing my vision every year keeps it fresh. It allows me to take into account the progress I have or haven’t made and set my direction based on what I see as my next step. After all, I have the big picture of my highest calling … that pulls me toward my ultimate future much more strongly than a 5- or 10-year plan. …
Having a mission or vision statement for your business is the first step. Tying it to your goals is the next. Do your quarterly or yearly goals have anything to do with your mission? …
The last step is to make sure your daily efforts represent the goals you’ve set and the vision you’ve created. When your business spends its days pursuing goals based on your corporate vision, your customers as well as the business community will see you as having integrity. And isn’t that the kind of reputation you want?
Setting a vision for your business is one of the most important tools in your entrepreneurial toolbox. A vision is what sets entrepreneurs or intrapreneurs apart from workers who do their nine-to-five and go home. A vision makes work not just earning a paycheck but a means of creating something. Take the time to create a vision for yourself and your business. You never know what magic you will bring about as a result. …
Every Saturday afternoon …, I sit down with the previous week’s chart and a copy of my personal vision statement. I review my vision statement fist, to remember the big picture of what I want my life to be about this year. Then I look at the previous week’s accomplishments and what hasn’t gotten done, and I ask, “How was this week? How did I approach things? What did I do well? What did I do wrong? Where did I fail, not only professionally but personally? Where did I not live up to my personal vision statement?” Then I ask the most important questions: “What can I learn from this? How can I be a better person next time?” I write the answers to all those questions on the back of the previous week’s chart. Once I have done my introspection, then—and only then—am I ready to plan a new week. Weekly introspection gives me the ability to grasp everything that’s going on around me and, for the most part, to feel in control of the direction of my life.
 Make It Big! 49 Secrets for Building a Life of Extreme Success, Frank McKinney and Victoria St. George, (John Wiley & Sons, New York, 2002), pp. 27-32.