There’s a large amount of chaos happening in our world: hurricanes, floods, mud slides, and even political turmoil. 

In addition to these major events, you may be experiencing challenges within your personal world, such as financial woes, relationship drama, and job dissatisfaction.

These various circumstances can rob you of your dreams and distract you from building your desired life. They deplete our finite energy and attention. We become reactionary. 

According to Stephen Covey, one of the habits of highly effective people is Be Proactive. It’s so important, he lists it as Habit #1:

Be Proactive is about taking responsibility for your life. You can’t keep blaming everything on your parents or grandparents. Proactive people recognize that they are “response-able.” They don’t blame genetics, circumstances, conditions, or conditioning for their behavior. They know they choose their behavior.

One strategy helps me to remain proactive: Focus on Vision.

Vision Propels!

When I’m distracted, it helps me refocus. 

When I’m stuck, it moves me. 

You have a vision for your life. Right now, it might not be crystal clear so it’s more of a dream…

A dream of growing a profitable business.

or perhaps a dream of owning your time and working from home. 

or maybe a dreaming of building and leaving a legacy.

What’s most important is that you know: Your dreams matter!

In January 2015 while in the final semester of my Masters in Social Work program, I dreamt of graduating that May with the ability to work for myself.

By that Spring, circumstances aligned to allow me to do just that. 

While I like to say the universe conspired for my good, the deeper truth is I proactively prepared to realize my dream even when I didn’t know “the how.” 

When “the how” appeared, I was able to take advantage when key opportunities arose.

With my dream realized, I developed a vision of a business where I could help Black women thrive and live authentically. 

A vision that compelled me to write this post 😉 

As you can see, you must first dream before you can craft a vision.

During my vacation last week, I asked myself an important question and posed it to the community: What are your dreams? 

I invite you to share your response (I’ll read every answer)

Don’t worry, you won’t be alone! A number of your CEO Sisters shared their dreams here, in our private Facebook group.

In the next post, I’ll share my current dream and vision. Until then….

Peace & Love,

Quanisha