Success is so sweet and I guess that’s why many people, including me, wish to achieve success in all areas of their lives! The problem though is that “wishing” for success is inadequate in guaranteeing that we achieve it.

Following the newsletter I shared with you last week, I received heart-melting multiple feedback from several people which spurred my decision to share some practical steps on how to move from wishing for success to making it happen. 

A few months before I turned 10 years old, my parents asked me what I wanted for my birthday party. I gave them the details without blinking. I knew exactly what I wanted and it turned out the way I had envisioned. After that, I became the go-to person for planning events for those in my circle. I planned many events pro-bono up until I got married.

After I got married, I started thinking about setting up my event planning business, but somehow, the process was delayed for a few years because I repeatedly found a way to talk myself out of the idea.

Does this sound familiar to you? Are you an idea machine yet you find it difficult to turn your vision into reality? I have some good news for you -You are not alone.

I understand 2022 is about to wrap up but if you have a vision and you are willing to take the right steps, not only will you turn your vision into reality, but astounding success awaits you.

How Do You Go About Turning Your Vision into Reality?

Well, my inner circle and I recently completed a book by Curtis Jenkins titled, “Vision to Reality”. I named it the book of the month and I shared the information in every newsletter I published this month.

Together, we (the inner circle) spent seven (7) weeks reading the book, analyzed the ideas, and started getting results from those who took the time to implement the ideas.

Although, the book, Vision to Reality was written for entrepreneurs who are interested in “stop working, start living”, I believe it is also applicable to anyone looking to go from vision to reality. Mr. Jenkins shared his ideas in four parts but I’ll only focus on three of the parts.

Part 1: What Leads Smart Entrepreneurs and CEOs Astray

Part 1 addressed “what leads smart entrepreneurs and CEOs astray”. Here he discussed the behaviors many people engage in that prevent them from turning their vision into reality.

Misdiagnosed Problems: This happens when you think the reason for not achieving your goal is X but upon further examination, you realize it’s Y. When I was in the “wishing” zone of starting my event planning business, I used to think the lack of capital and location were the obstacles in my path.. Little did I understand that my real problem was my inability to get out of my own way. 

It took me a number of years before I began to see things differently. How many times have you talked yourself out of a great idea due to misdiagnosed problem? 

It’s time to take the bull by the horn and do a proper diagnosis of the real problem, so you can inch closer to turning your vision into a reality. 

Random Goals: Having random goals is the reason why many people are unable to turn their visions into reality. This is an area that I am progressively working on getting better at. 

Focused goal setting is a skill that needs to be learned and if you are truly committed to turning your vision into reality, you must refrain from setting random goals. 

The author shares that random goals stem from a lack of clarity, purpose, and direction. When you are clear about your purpose per time then you can start setting focused and aligned goals.  

To learn more about what the author thinks leads people astray, you’d need to get a personal copy of the book.

Part 2: The Remedies

Here the author discussed solutions to the misdiagnosed problems he identified in part 1. He shared the steps you can take to address perceived or real obstacles in your path, so you can start making moves that will allow your vision to become reality. 

Organize for success: This simply means start doing instead of wishing. As you know, wishing for something has no direct impact on making it a reality. What vision do you have? Start organizing for success. Make a note of your ideas, divide them into short and long-term goals then begin to attach deadlines using the SMART goal-setting strategy.

The SMART strategy is an acronym that means Specific, Measurable, Actionable, Realistic, and Time-bound. This is a strategy I’ve repeatedly used in turning my vision into reality. It works! You, too, can!! 

2023 is still in play…start something today and watch how far gone you’d be by the end of the year. If you need more tips on vision and goal-setting, click here for a session I hosted previously.

Realization Framework Experience: The author also shared about the Realization Framework Experience methodology, RFE (which he already trademarked) in part 2 as one of the remedies for misdiagnosed problems. 

He shared that the methodology was inspired by Desmond Tutu’s famous quote, “there’s only one way to eat an elephant: one bite at a time.”

This simply means that no matter how big a problem is or may seem, it can be resolved by taking it one step at a time. He shared five steps to RFE that will help you to achieve your goals namely: Visualize, Evaluate, Calculate, Clarify, and Realize.

For more on the suggested remedies to misdiagnosed problems, get a copy of the book, Vision to Reality.

Part 3: How to Prevent Backsliding

New impactful habits are hard to form but easy to let go and that’s why if you desire sustained, continued, and lasting success, you must put strategies that prevent you from backsliding in place. Here, the author shared some practical steps like facing the mirror, recognizing growth, developing muscle, strengthening the vision, and the like.

The author shared that the best entrepreneurs (and any visionary person) strengthen their vision and carry it through to success! If you want your vision to turn into reality, you must be willing to keep moving come what may. 

In addition, you’ll need to continuously review, modify, and renew your vision, so that it’s clear and vivid. I agree with him! I have used and continue to use this strategy in my personal life and the results are astounding.

Also, acquiring knowledge, communicating your vision, and surrounding yourself with accountability partners who want the best for you will help you turn your vision into reality.

This is a high-level overview. If you need to get into the nitty-gritty of the book, you’d need to make a purchase. Click HERE to get your copy.

Final Thoughts

Throwing in the towel might seem like the best option after you have tried to turn your vision into reality severally and yet nothing seems to come out from those attempts. However, your vision can be turned into reality if you keep at it. Water does not penetrate a rock due to its “power”, it does so by persistence. There’s still time in 2023 to turn your vision into reality if you are persistent and use the right strategy. You have all the resources you need at your fingertip, the question now is, will you use them?