I wanted to take a moment to share a valuable lesson that intertwines both my personal and professional life. Early on in my marriage, while embarking on a home project, my spouse and I discovered the power of visualization and collaboration.
We decided to install a hot tub in our backyard, which led us to build a deck around it. As someone who can envision designs in my mind and bring them to life with wood, I realized that translating those ideas onto paper or a computer was a different challenge altogether. This became evident as my wife and I encountered difficulties working together without a shared visualization or plan.
Recognizing the importance of clear communication and a common understanding, I quickly put together a rudimentary drawing that, despite its simplicity, served its purpose. Suddenly, our discussions about board directions and potential changes became much more effective. Assigning tasks and coordinating efforts also became smoother, as we could clearly see how our work would come together in the end.
This experience was an eye-opening lesson for me. In my professional life, I had been applying similar principles—creating applications with mockups and engaging in early design reviews with my business partners. However, it had not occurred to me until that moment that the same principles could greatly benefit my personal life as well.
While it is important to maintain boundaries between work and personal life, this experience taught me that they can also independently support and enhance each other. Visualization and collaboration are invaluable tools that can lead to success, whether it’s at home or in the workplace.
So, I encourage you all to embrace the power of visualization and collaboration in your personal and professional pursuits. By doing so, you can unlock new levels of achievement and fulfillment in all aspects of your life.
Originally posted on LinkedIn June 20th, 2023
Image Credit – Tammy McVickar