All of us are born with the potential to experience any degree of joy, happiness, prosperity and passion we choose.

Seventeen years ago, I was driving home from a leadership conference with one of my downline leaders, Sandra.

“Is everything alright?” I asked.

“Yes, but can you explain something to me? You always seem to hit your goals. How do you do that?”

“You decide what you want,” I answered.

“Okay,” Sandra said, “and then what?”

“You decide what you want,” I repeated.

“Okay, got it. Then what?”

“You decide what you want,” I repeated again.

Sandra sat there in silence for a couple of minutes and then suddenly her face lit up.

“I get it,” she said with a huge smile on her face.

Of course, there’s more to it than just deciding what you want, but I wanted Sandra to understand that this first step is crucial. The rest of the way home I shared eight action steps for turning her goals and her ultimate vision into reality.

1. Decide What You Want and Why You Want It
There will be challenges along the way that will tempt you to give up. By clearly establishing the driving force behind your vision, your why, you’ll develop the inner strength to overcome any obstacle.

If you think your vision is all about making a lot of money, chances are you won’t ever get there. Think not about the money but what the money will do for you and for others. Let that become your driving force.

2. Ink it, Don’t Think It
It’s not good enough to just think about your vision. You need to commit it to paper. It needs to be clearly stated in as much detail as possible and reviewed weekly, if not daily.

Remember the dreams you had as a child? Maybe you wanted to be a rock star, an astronaut, a famous scientist or president of a country.

Erase all limitations and think like a child again. Dream big. And then dream bigger! Write at least three pages describing your vision in detail—what will your life look, feel, smell, taste and sound like? Envision a day in your perfect life. What will people be saying about you? What will you be doing for yourself and others?

3. Vision-Board It
Get some magazines, scissors, glue and a poster board or photo album and create a visual representation of your vision. Be sure to put yourself in the picture. Keep your vision board or album where you can see it daily.

Today I live in the house I vision-boarded many years ago: on six acres of land, across from a river, near the ocean, surrounded by pines and redwoods with a creek and horses (donkeys and a goat too). I am working with my husband from home on our thriving Internet business with the freedom to travel often. It worked for me and many people I know. Why not make it work for you?

4. Share Your Vision with Others
Let supportive people know about your vision. The more people you tell, the more you’ll take ownership of your vision.

Every year my network marketing company provides an incentive trip. The qualifications are stringent. The first thing I do is tell everyone I am going. The more people I tell, the more I believe it and I have to make it because I’d be so embarrassed if I didn’t!

Speaking your goal to others makes you accountable to yourself. It works. I’ve never missed a trip in over eight years.

5. Go on a Negativity Fast
Make a conscious effort to steer clear of dream stealers. When confronted by the naysayers, ask yourself: “Is this person living the life I aspire to?”

Don’t let anyone steal your life or your vision. Choose your associations wisely. Take a look at your current relationships. Are they serving you and your vision? If not, it’s time to start surrounding yourself with like-minded people.

Be careful what you allow into your brain. Limit what you watch on television, listen to on the radio or read to positive, motivating programming. If you can eliminate TV completely for thirty days, you’ll discover more time for creating your vision and experiencing a more positive, peaceful state of mind. Instead listen to motivational audios and read books about successful people. If after thirty days you decide to go back to TV, you’ll automatically be much more discerning about what you watch.

6. Break Your Vision into Bite-Sized Targets and Track Your Results
Take at least two enthusiastic actions every single day. Be sure to track your results. For example, if one of your targets is to sponsor two new people a week and you’re currently sponsoring two a month, you’ll need to multiply the number of contacts you make by four.

7. Celebrate Success
Celebrate each success in some small way to imprint the feeling of success onto your neurology. This will solidify your belief that you can reach your goals. When you believe it, you will achieve it.

When I’ve hit a target, I play an inspiring song and dance around my office for a minute or two. It makes me feel good and eager to tackle the next task. One success breeds another!

8. Never Give Up
The only way to fail is to quit. Make a pact with yourself right now that failure is not an option. A goal or a vision is simply a dream with a deadline.

If you need to adjust the deadline, that’s fine. Most people who are living their vision did just that. Read the personal history of any successful person you admire and you’ll find this is true. The other thing they all have in common is that they never, ever, ever gave up on their vision.

TRACY MONTEFORTE is a professional networker
and coach who cofounded,
an automated support system helping network marketers
in over sixty countries to succeed in their home-based businesses.
Her mission is to teach network marketers how to work
100 percent from home using the Internet and the telephone.