THINK ABOUT THE CELEBRITIES and successful people that you know of, could you sum up some of these great people in only a few words? Donald Trump: real estate mogul. Walt Disney: cartoonist. Oprah Winfrey: talk show host. Before they were great, Oprah, Walt Disney, and Donald Trump were just ordinary people—with just one exception: the paths they were on were very different from the ones of others around them. They were on a path to success—and, unbeknownst to them, success beyond their wildest dreams. Their vision of who they could become was in alignment with their plan, a plan that would lead them to greatness beyond what they could dream of.
These are very successful people who have built billion-dollar businesses and yet are generally known for one thing. You might now know them for more than the single accomplishment, but they started somewhere with a single success. They knew what challenges they should be focusing on and were led by their internal vision of who they wanted to be—the vision that drove their daily activities, and then they had to take a series of steps to help them realize their vision.
For many of us, becoming mega wealthy is not a realistic vision. However, you can use a similar thought process to improve the quality of your life. You can use the technique to create a plan to meet your vision. You can use the technique to help you get to your goals in five, ten, or twenty years. The greats did it, and if you look around you, you’ll see that others are doing it too. Imagine for a moment that you have been given the power of strategic thinking, just like the greats; you are now able to make strategic decisions. Finding a way to invest in those decisions could pay huge dividends to you. Making the right decisions could better your life and the lives of your family members as well as those who will come to work for you or have their life bettered by your vision.