TLR Coaching Monthly Newsletter

As I’m sitting here writing this newsletter, the entire City of Omaha is shut down. The massive ice storm has caused me to shelter in place. This is the second time that I have not been able to get out of the house due to the constraints of Mother Nature. Ya know, sometimes life happens. So what do you do? For me, I take a look at my vision and the goals that complement them. I’m not allowing the ice storm or the storms of life to derail me. This is why having a vision (not just a goal) is so important. So let’s talk about it.

Goals: An Overview


A goal is a specific target to achieve something. It includes the strategies and tactics you use to move toward your vision. You should set and achieve goals only that promote and are in line with your vision. This is why, if you don’t have a vision, goals alone can be defeating (i.e., without a vision, each goal is just something you’ve completed without a larger “why” in mind).

Examples of goals:

  1. To lose 10 pounds
  2. To save for a down payment on a house
  3. To run your own company
  4. To get out of credit card debt

Vision: An Overview

Vision is your why. Vision gives something direction. It’s your desired future. Your vision includes what you believe in (your core values) and what you want in your future (what you want to be). It’s the powerful reason why you want to do something; your overarching purpose. Your vision is your passion and keeps you excited and motivated. It’s what inspires you to do whatever it is you want to do.

For money, business or career, your vision may be very specific. For your life and relationships, your vision may be broader. In either case, your vision should be clear because it is the foundation on which you build.

Vision: How To Create It

To create a vision, begin by identifying your core values, your passions, what you believe to be your purpose, and how you envision your life. From there, be more specific and remember to be clear. Your vision should embody your values and your view of the future without being too generic. Your vision can also change over time. The point is to have one so you know why you are doing what you do, and you are happier doing it. The same process applies when you are creating a vision for any other aspect of your life, such as your career or business.

Examples (that match the goals from above):

  1. To live a healthy, well-balanced life
  2. To provide a happy, loving home for your family in a safe community
  3. To help people ________ (insert whatever problem your business is aimed at helping solve)
  4. To be free from financial “slavery” and be an example to your children

Creating Goals and Visions Summary

Creating a vision may seem awkward or difficult, but it is definitely worth it. After you know what your vision is, creating goals that are in line with your vision will come more naturally. Instead of feeling incomplete when you accomplish a goal, you will consider your higher purpose, which will leave you happier overall because you’ll have your “why” in mind.

Famous Quotes

"If you can dream it, you can do it." - Walt Disney


"Vision without execution is hallucination." - Thomas Edison


"Create your future from your future, not your past." - Werner Erhard

Proverbs 29:18 says,

Where there is no vision, the people perish.

As your coach I have two questions to ask:

  1. So, do you have a vision? What is it?
  1. Are your goals in line with your vision?

Have an awesome month,


Your Life Coach, Accountant, Real Estate Investor, MBA




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