A Successful Vision Starts by Asking the Right Questions

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"Blurry things can be brought into focus with the right questions and better strategies." – The Carpenter by Jon Gordon

Have you ever wondered what makes some people successful while others in the same industry or profession seem to struggle just to get by?

A few years back, during the great recession, I met a Carpenter who , despite the economic downturn, was busier than he'd ever been. Being a student of business and life, I couldn't help but to ask him how he could be so busy when everyone else seemed to be unable to find work. I'll never forget his response…

"People often ask me why I am so busy and successful and I believe it started with asking what success looked like when I started my career. I asked what it would look like while I was thriving in my life and career and what it would look like at the end of my life. I began with the end in mind and worked backward. I had a compelling vision for my life and worked toward making it come to fruition every day."

You see, this Carpenter understood how to see the world not as it is, but as it could be.

And if we want to be successful, we need to do the same.

Before beginning an initiative, project, product launch, season, or campaign we must ask ourselves what the world will look like when we are finished. Once you have a vision of what could be, and know what the world looks like, you are ready to design, create, and launch.

Knowing where you want to go or what outcome you want to achieve will help you stay the course no matter what the circumstances.

In the case of this simple carpenter, he had decided that the core of his business would be to LOVE, SERVE and CARE. He would create his masterpiece by practicing the greatest success strategies of all.

And you can do the same.

Now you must ask yourself these questions:

1. What does it look like when you are at your healthiest, strongest, and best?

2. What does your family situation look like while you are pursuing success in your work?

3. Are you ignoring the people you love the most or making more time for them?

4. What matters most?

5. What priorities drive you each day?

6. What are you doing that makes you come alive?

7. What are you doing to live and share your purpose?

Start by asking the right questions and you'll find the answers that matter most.


FREE ACTION PLAN: When you purchase a copy of Jon's new book, The Carpenter: A Story About the Greatest Success Strategies of All today, Jon will give you aFREE ACTION PLAN DOWNLOAD to help you turn the ideas from The Carpenter into actions and results. Go to www.Carpenter11.com for details.

Jon Gordon is the international bestselling author of multiple books including The Energy Bus and his latest release, The Carpenter: A Story About the Greatest Success Strategies of All, which is available now where books are sold and online at www.Carpenter11.com

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Joe Lee June 16, 2014 at 4:26 am

A very good set of questions to ask myself each day. To drive, motivate and inspire myself and others through these questions. I believe we have to repeat these questions in our mind regularly. Otherwise, the fact of life will bland away our drive and determination.
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Lance Ekum June 19, 2014 at 8:16 am

Thanks for the thoughts, Joe!

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Tim June 17, 2014 at 9:58 am

A helpful set of questions to ask about success. A friend of mine raved about The Energy Bus and lent me a copy of a different one of Jon’s books (The Positive Dog). I’ve got to say it was a fun, uplifting read. Thank you for the questions and I look forward to reading more books.
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Lance Ekum June 19, 2014 at 8:15 am

Tim – it’s great to see you here! And glad to hear about your thoughts on Jon’s books – good stuff!!

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Tim June 19, 2014 at 9:24 am

Hey Lance:

Good to see you too, I hope all is well! Thanks for tending to the Jungle and making it fun to explore various topics!
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Jenna June 22, 2014 at 4:03 am

It is an excellent article and offer a lot of encouragement. Few years back we ran into financial problems and my partner and I had to work harder than we ever worked. We had to get through and make some money otherwise we were going down. My job was very boring and I could still do it until the early hours of morning and get up lightning fast and start again.

That time I wasn’t thinking that I had to work hard to make money. I was thinking our happy days and how would money help us pay our debt, enjoy lovely holidays and keep our home. This dream was fueling me that I wouldn’t mind missing breakfast and lunch. So, I can tell you that you can motivate yourself to do your absolute best in whatever you do.
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Jannie Funster June 24, 2014 at 8:50 am

Any list of 3 top keys to success that begins with LOVE is all the formula we need, agreed!!

Love, love, love.

xoxo
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Lance Ekum June 25, 2014 at 9:27 pm

Jannie!!!!!
Love, love, LOVE seeing you here today!!! Hope you and your amazing family are doing well!!!

xoxo

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