the hit song, “Turn Back the Hands of Time” in which he describes
his yearning for a lost love.
thinking about you
start all over
four leaf clover
last thing on my mind
financial hands of time, what would you do differently? Would
short term financial crisis?
over the years?
aging parents and your family?
review them annually?
of “turning back the financial hands of time,” because the
historical hands of time are tied and that story is forever written
in our past. However, our present and future is in our hands
“font-size: 14pt”>What is your vision?
family five, ten, twenty or forty years from now? How old will you
be? How old will your spouse and children be? What will you be
doing? Who will you have worked for? Where will you be living? What
will your lifestyle be like? What will you have
dreaming big dreams. Dreaming big dreams is not day dreaming, but
it is first understanding your values. What things are important to
you? When your values are clear, your decisions are easily made.
The opposite is also true, when your values are not clear, making
good decisions is extremely difficult.
vision of success. This is a mental picture of your mission and
purpose being fulfilled. Professionally you might vision yourself
as leading a team of researchers, or managing a large operation or
running your own business. Along with this professional vision will
be your vision of your family in the future, your relationships and
your spiritual growth.
illusion. Achieving a vision begins with “planning smart.” The
first step is to create big goals that are specific, measureable,
achievable and time-bound. The next step is to develop action plans
to meet your goals. Goals need to be reviewed daily to make sure
you are staying on track and measuring your progress.
accomplishing your vision. Unfortunately many people start working
away at something, without doing the upfront planning. If you fail
to plan, then you have planned to fail. You might end up climbing
the proverbial ladder of success and find out it is leaning against
the wrong wall. “Just do it” means working hard and passionately to
achieve your vision of success. It also includes having feedback
mechanisms, such as mentors, coaches, colleagues, family members
and advisors. Along the way you may have to adjust your plan as
opportunities present themselves as long as they fit into your
is in your hands
and the young prince. The prince, with his hands behind his back,
said to the wise man. “I have a bird in my hands—is it alive or
dead?” The wise man thought and then said, “if I say it is alive
you will crush it. If I say it is dead, you will let it live. The
answer to your question is in your hands.” And so to the answer to
your future and success is in your hands today. Begin by dreaming
big dreams, planning smart and like Nike, just do it!
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