Aim for Both Near and Far
To achieve our Dream and Big Vision, we must aim for both near and far goals. Near goals help us to change old habits and create new growth, while far goals keep us on course and provide motivation.
Our Big Vision requires us to achieve many small goals, but aiming for all those goals at once will scatter our focus and energy. It is more effective to pursue some goals in sequence, with each one building on those that came before.
Imagine that our Dream is to achieve a higher performance in a sport or discipline within 3 to 5 years. To get there, we may need to build strength and flexibility, sharpen timing and precision, add several advanced skills, or consolidate other improvements.
Some of these goals are a foundation for the others. Increasing strength and flexibility will enhance timing and precision, and all are required for advanced skills. Can we imagine a path through a series of these goals that will lead us to our Big Vision?
What if our Dream is to achieve a higher performance in a team sport or discipline? We have our own goals above, plus new goals such as coordinating better with team members. We also have new challenges, such as how to work well with team members.
Aim for Both Near and Far
Work Tool section 2 Aim captures ideas, decisions and key points on History, Visions 1, 2 and 3, and the Visions Beyond. It also reminds you of which Problems you will solve in each Vision. It prompts you to think of what you are aiming for with each Vision.
As you reflect on section 2 Aim, you may find yourself revising your Problems to Solve and what matters most. This is good. All of the decisions in 1 Clarify and 2 Aim are essential to success. They influence each other, so they need to be considered together.
Task To Do | WEEK 2
Using the above example of goals in a sport or discipline, create and aim for your own near and far Visions. You can use a current set of goals. You can also imagine a situation, or draw upon experience, or reflect on something you have observed in others.
Apply the same example to a team sport or discipline. As well as building your own skills, your goals may include better skills for interacting, coordinating and collaborating with your team. The complexity of this situation raises your Big Vision to LIFE Level 2.
TIPS for Tasks
The purpose of these tasks is to experiment with creating a series of small goals that build on each other and lead to a big goal. As always, DO NOT stress, wrack your brains, or turn this into work! Just relax. You are developing foundational skills.
The above task is complex, so it may take you longer than this week to reach a concept you feel is right. Take the time you need. This Notes series presents examples of the Big Vision at increasing levels of complexity, up to the level needed to create a Better World.
Levels of Big Vision
2Create a Big Vision by Evolving
2Create a Big Vision that Is Small
5Innovate to Get Better Results
9Create a Model County
10Create a Better World