The Importance of having a Vision

Where do you want to be in two years, ten years, thirty years? What do you envision your life looking like? What have you accomplished? What experiences have you had?

These are questions that many people avoid, because they aren't easy questions. Too many people struggle with the question What do I want to do with my life?  Inevitably, when I meet anyone who is struggling with this question, there is one trending theme. They are all thinking in the short term.

Don't just look at the next opportunity, don't just look for a new job or a quick change. Looking at the short term will only put a band-aid on the problem. The problem of not knowing what to do in the short term stems from not having a vision for your life.

Imagine life 20 years from now, and ask yourself where you want to be. Paint a picture in your head as to what that life will look like. Write it down on paper, or share it with some of your friends. Every time you share that vision, it becomes more real. It as if you are taking a step toward that goal. 

Don't worry about the details and don't overanalyze it. This is a dream right now. If your vision changes along the way, that is perfectly ok. The point of a vision is that it gives you something to work toward.

Once you have that vision, trace it backwards. What do you need to be doing today to work toward that goal? What milestones and accomplishments do you need to hit for that dream to become a reality? Let that vision guide every decision you make in life. 

Your vision is your vision. You may desire to launch a company, live in the wilderness or raise a family. Regardless of what that vision is, paint that picture and work toward it everyday. Each small accomplishment you make along the way turns that vision from a dream into a reality.

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A new year, a new venture

'Follow the rabbit…' That has been my mantra for quite some time and I have blogged about it on numerous occasions. For me, that means diving into the unknown, taking a risk and seeing where it takes me.

As I roll into 2013, I will be taking another huge risk as I will be leaving my current company to pursue an entirely new venture. I am proud to say that I have helped build a company that has established itself as an industry leader and is now growing faster than ever.

Over the past several years, I have had a blast and learned an incredible amount about video, technology and business along the way. Those skills and experiences have prepared me to launch my new venture, Virtual Physical Therapy

Virtual Physical Therapy is a telemedicine company that enables physical therapy patients to do their exercises at home, while allowing therapists to monitor their patients remotely. We utilize the Microsoft Kinect to track patients movements, and notify therapists if patients are doing their exercises and doing them correctly.

Starting today, I will be working out of the Nashville Entrepreneur Center’s Incubator Program. Over the next 100 days I will be going through a rigorous program to refine the business model, build a management team, define the target market and develop a financial strategy.

This marks a new chapter in my life, and as I dive into this new venture I could not be more excited.  

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