When I graduated from high school, I had goals. My goals were – to be a CPA, get married, be a partner in a CPA firm, own a nice house and have a family. I wanted to earn enough to have a comfortable life. It took 10 years to check off the goals. However, I ran into a problem. I achieved my goals, but I wasn’t where I wanted to be.
I discovered that my vision wasn’t very clear. I forgot to add – to earn a living doing something I love, to be “happily” married, to feel financially secure, to spend time with loved ones and to participate in life – to laugh and to cry. When I set my goals – I had the action right but I lacked the vision to get what I wanted.
Over the years, I have refined what I desire. I have kept it simple -be the best mom, wife and the best me I can be. My vision as a mom was to guide my boys to be their best. As my husband Steve would remind me, I am raising someone’s future husband.
Today I am more careful with my goals. I take time to define my vision, for it provides purpose and adds passion to my goals. It paints a picture of what I truly desire. This is true in my personal life and in my business.
At Focus CPA, my vision is to improve the lives of small business owners – help make business owners dreams come true. At the end of each day, I look to see how I can improve what we did that day to bring my vision to life. Vision brings my desired future to life.
By Mary Guldan-Lindstrom