Advising my clients to create a three year vision for their horse businesses is one of the first things I recommend when I start. Usually, I suggest creating a narrative of one page of bullet points up to thousands of words of prose to help the process of getting clear about what your business game plan looks like. The process of committing on paper is very powerful.
I heard Dr. Temple Grandin speak recently about how she, as a person who is autistic, thinks in pictures instead of language. She describes her thinking process as being similar to Google Images. Vivid pictures and images appear as related links in the thought process. Dr. Grandin has done much research in the way animals, having no formal language of words, also think in pictures and make associations of emotions with pictures. Fear, especially, is linked to seeing images of past fear related events.
Fortunately, my awareness of other ways to create a three year vision has been heightened. Thinking in pictures for me may never be the value it is to others, but if it is how you think best, take advantage of it.
Your three year vision for your business could be a mind map or story board as an alternative to a formal written document. The purpose of your three vision is to create a personal reference. It’s not for the benefit of others; it’s your very own tool to reach your goals.
Use pictures and graphics to create your own vision and please remind linear, narrow thinking, language centered people like me, that we need to get the Big Picture in our thinking.