I came across an interesting plan for success in this life. Shared by Steven K. Scott in his book The Richest Man Who Ever Lived, it is different from other “success” formulas because he doesn’t really tell you how, Scott encourages you to read from and write about the book of Proverbs every day of your life. Hmm, is he for real?
He further explained that the Book of Proverbs was written by one of the wisest men who ever lived – King Solomon. He was also one of the wealthiest. As I considered his suggestion, I had to admit that Solomon was renown throughout the world in his time. Perhaps he did write about something I could benefit from, so I’ve dedicated time every day to sit and read from the book of Proverbs.
In his book, The Richest Man Who Ever Lived, Scott explains what he learned from Proverbs and how it launched him onto a path of fulfillment and success. Breakfast at our home is now consumed between the chapters of his book. We read together as a family most mornings, and this is the book of choice right now.
An important principle he shared is the need to establish a Road Map to achieve your dreams, visions, or goals. He calls the making of your road map “The Vision Mapping Process.” There are five steps in the process and you need to have a loose-leaf notebook and pen at hand. This “Vision Mapping Journal” should have tabbed sections and forms to help with your vision mapping. Wow, if that isn’t just exactly what I’ve been saying for years.
Scott goes into a bit of detail about the importance of writing down your dreams on a piece of paper – not on a computer, a phone, or on an ipod. When he gives seminars, the first question everyone asks as he shares this process is,
Do I really have to write all of this out?
His answer is yes. He continues, in order to create a clear and precise vision for each of your dreams, and a detailed road map and timetable for achieving those dreams, you need to write it down. That is the only way to get the detail necessary for success. One to five minutes a day is all it takes for the writing part of the process.
Why do we have to write things down? Something happens between pen in hand and the brain. Steven Covey used to always say that “writing crystalizes thought.” I believe that is part of it. I also think writing jumpstarts the subconscious mind and gets the action going without conscious awareness. It is a powerful tool and Steven Scott isn’t the first to discover it or use it in a powerful way.
I won’t tell you all the little details about his Vision Mapping Process. You can buy the book and read it for yourself and begin to realize your dreams, goals, and visions the King Solomon way by writing things down.
I will suggest that the Personal Ponderings Journals meet his requirements as if I had told him about them myself. With numerous lined pages, tabs, and forms, your personal journal can easily become your Vision Mapping Journal!