Over the years I have been coaching and facilitating people, I have noticed a number of unhelpful patterns that seem to prevent people from getting out there and having a red hot go at achieving their dreams. During some recent coaching engagements with a number of business owners, two unhelpful patterns kept raising their ugly little heads. I figured I would call them out in this blog post, just in case other people were experiencing these patterns too.
Lack of Vision
The first unhelpful pattern is a lack of vision. Some people are exceptionally passionate about making a difference in some way. These people are motivated and energised but very scattered in their efforts. Part of the problem seems to be that they just don't seem to have a clear vision of where they're going and what they're trying to achieve. Without a clear vision, they can find it very difficult to channel their passion in a sustained and effective manner. You may have met people running this type of pattern. They're very passionate about doing something and they throw themselves into it with zest, then they fizzle out and find something else to get passionate about and after a period of time, they fizzle out again.
Despite their passion and enthusiasm, they just don't seem to accomplish very much. A review of their past endeavours reveals a trail of discarded and incomplete passion projects that they launched and then crash landed.
Lack of Passion
The other pattern is a lack of passion. Unlike the first group of people, these people have a clear vision or have heard their calling. However, they do not have the passion or drive to go out there and make it happen for themselves. These people tend to sit there yearning to realise their vision or answer their calling. However, they seem to be waiting for some external agency like a higher power, astrological alignment, benevolent sponsor or "the right time" to some how pave the way for them to magically achieve their vision. You might have met people running this pattern as well. They're what I call the "Gunnas". Ever heard someone say any of the following? "One day I'm "gunna" do X.". "When I win the lotto I'm "gunna" do Y." "When the stars align it will just happen and then I'm "gunna" be....."
These people have placed their locus of control outside of themselves and technically they're only going to do something, provided that something else outside of their control or influence happens first. They don't suffer from a lack of vision just the lack of passion and drive to do whatever it takes, regardless of the challenges they might face. Their rocket is on the launch pad with a destination plugged into the computer. Unfortunately, the rocket hasn't been fueled and everyone is waiting for mission control to give the all clear for launch.
Vision sets the direction and passion fuels the rocket
Regardless of your field of endeavour if you want to set yourself up for success then:
Remember vision sets the direction, your values are your compass and passion fuels the rocket. Put these three elements together and you're set for take off!