A simple process for creating actionable steps towards achieving your vision

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If you’re reading this post, I’m pretty sure it’s because you have a vision.

Your vision is what makes you stand out from the crowd, it’s the vehicle through which you make an impact in the world. It’s what made you venture out into the great unknown that is entrepreneurship or freelancing.

But as it turns out, having a vision is the easy part. Turning it into a reality is what separates the success stories from the strugglers.

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Ups and downs are a part of entrepreneurship, so success is not about removing the risk (that would be futile). What success does rely upon, is a plan to back up the vision. Then another plan when that one doesn’t work.

“The thing about goals is that living without them is a lot more fun in the short run. It seems to me though, that the people who get things done, who lead, who grow, and who make an impact…those people have goals.” – Seth Godin

Creating goals (or to think about it another way, making a list of everything you’d like to be, do or have) is the first step to creating a plan for making your vision a reality.

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When we’re vague and passive about stating our wishes, the results we get reflect that.

When we’re clear, and inject those wishes with meaning and feeling, we’re much more likely to take the steps needed to make them happen (or at least get on the path to what we want).

In this exercise, you’re going to brainstorm everything you’d like to be, do or have in:

  • your lifetime
  • in 3 years
  • in 1 year
  • in 3 months

Set the timer for 5 minutes for each section and using the format below start downloading everything that comes to mind.

Don’t censor your thoughts, or worry about how you’d make it happen, just let your mind and creativity go wild.


Now circle ONE goal or wish in each section that will create the most positive impact in your life right now.  Choose one to be your 90-day and using the worksheet below, put your goal at the center with a date, 3 months from now, below it.


That’s when you’re going to make this happen.

Now, draw a line from the box with a task that would help you achieve that goal. Keep going until you’ve listed everything you can think of.


Here’s why this simple process is so powerful. When you take the time to articulate what you really want, and drill down to actionable steps you can take right now, you have taken control of your business.

And that feels good!

If you’re ready to take the steps to building a more fulfilling and successful business, but have questions — fire away! I’ll be happy to answer some of your questions in the comments below!

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About Justine Clay

Justine Clay is a speaker and business coach for creative entrepreneurs and freelancers. Through a series of clear, actionable steps, Justine will teach you how to identify what makes you stand out from the crowd, create a marketing message that resonates with your ideal clients, and build a successful and fulfilling creative business or career. Sign up for Justine’s free guide: How to Find High-Quality Clients and Get Paid What You’re Worth and start making monumental changes in your creative business or career today.

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