Mission vs Vision…?

By Jernavis Draughn

What’s the difference between a vision and a mission? The bible says, “Where there is no vision people perish.” Our life’s vision provides clarity for the mission AND direction we undertake. But destination leads our direction. It governs our behavior, which creates our daily habits. This is the reason our DECISIONS dictate our DESTINY. Let’s break down the difference between both in effort to gain more understanding on WHY both are necessary in reaching our GOALS. Remember, reasons come before results. If our WHY is powerful, the how is easy. In the book, Leadership by Alison and David Price, they explained the difference between the two:

A vision, is where you aspire to be in the future. Your vision summarizes what you’re aspiring to achieve.

A mission, is what you aspire to do, your purpose for being on this earth. Your mission summarizes your purpose.

What is your life mission? What compelling vision do you have for your life? Hence, this is the reason we need daily, quarterly and yearly goals. Intrinsic motivation is the one thing that inspires us to become better human beings in the journey to reach our goals. It is the hunger to solve a problem that the world hasn’t found the answer too.

Examples: food and water security, free health care, lack of economic opportunity and unemployment, poverty and inequality are just a few of these things.

The list can run as long as the Amazon River. The point I’m making is, some of the best business ideas come from unsolved problems. My vision and mission for my life is connected to helping others grow emotionally, spiritually, mentally and financially. They are intertwined with each other, because my WHY is connected to giving.

I’ve learned success without fulfillment is the ultimate failure. We were created by GOD to be givers and to help other people! The major key is to discover what your gift is, then finding how you can use it to help the world become a better place. That takes time, self-discovery and pondering about what your strengths are and what you want your legacy to be when your story ends.

 Quote of the Day: “The secret to living is GIVING.”-Tony Robbins

Why L.A.S.E.R Goals WORK!

By Jernavis Draughn

Setting goals has always been a mystery to why people don’t set them. Most people are too lazy to create a consistent habit of writing them down daily and some believe the process doesn’t’ work. While learning how the mind works, there’s a part of the brain called the “RAS”, Reticular Activating System that controls what we focus on. Think about the last time you bought a new car or a pair of shoes and how often you notice it while you were out. We can train our mind to focus only on activities and actions that will lead us to success. First, we have to define what success is and a game plan on how we can attain it. The brain is programmed to yearn for direction, continuous learning, a game plan and purposeful growth. They say the average human reads one book a year. How can we grow if were not learning?? As Jim Rohn once said, “Learning is the beginning to wealth”.

Whatever moves you to get out of the bed in the morning is connected to your passion. Setting goals, starts first with self-awareness and clarity on what you truly want in life. What 3 words do you want people to describe you as at your funeral? How much revenue do you need to live an enjoyable life when you retire? What is your dream job? What business have you always wanted to start? These questions can help you start the goal setting process. If your reasons are not big enough, your excuses will be. Below is the L.A.S.E.R goal setting technique that I’ve implemented to help become more focus and specific on attaining consistent results. This method is used by author Sir John Hargrave, who wrote the book Mind Hacking.

  1. Limited. An attainable small goal. Ex: Working on a project for an hour a day.
  2. Achievable. An easy goal that you can accomplish. I’m a firm believer of celebrating the small wins. Completing small successes helps your will power to achieve larger goals.
  3. Specific. A good goal is simple and clear. Setting a specific time daily (30 minutes), you will practice an instrument or learn a foreign language. Creates instant growth and confidence in wanting to pursue the activity.
  4. Evaluated. Write done your goals so you can measure your accomplishments. What doesn’t get measured, doesn’t improve.
  5. Repeatable. Repetition is the mother to learning. “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence is not an act, but a habit.”-Aristotle

Try this goal setting method and see if it produces results in your life. You can’t progress without enduring the process. We all need targets to aim for to help us continually grow. If not, we are aimlessly living without a vision and purpose for our life. Start writing your goals down TODAY. Remember, indecision is the thief to opportunity.

Quote of the Day: “Setting goals is the first step in turning the invisible into the visible.”-Tony Robbins.

Are you reaching your Personal POTENTIAL??


By Jernavis Draughn

What is our personal potential? Do you believe you’re reaching it on a weekly or daily basis? I think we underestimate what we can truly achieve mentally, physically and financially. Innately we are programed mentally to desire daily growth. Human beings are created to grow in all aspects of our lives. Imagine if God created us and we weren’t able to grow in relationships, learn more, and push the culture forward. Imagine if Thomas Edison never believed in his potential to create the incandescent light bulb? Imagine if Martin Luther King never believed he could lead the civil rights movement, help end racial discrimination and segregation in the United States. Lastly, imagine if Alexzander Graham Bell, never created the first telephone? Where would humanity be if we weren’t able to communicate with people at any time all over the world?

Most people are doing well as they want to do. In phycology, the Pygmalion effect, reveals that higher expectations lead to better performance. Les Brown says, “Life has no limitations, except the ones you make.” We must raise our personal standards. Define what we want our life story to tell. The goal is to make your best better. In the book, “The Potential Principle, by Mark Sanborn, he explains there two paths to improvement:

Matrix Improvement– Means understanding and practicing these four areas: thinking, performing, learning and reflecting. It’s about increasing your focus, while increasing your skills.

Breakthrough Improvement– Means consistently using a small set of tools, steps that will prevent complacency, create improvement and bust through barriers.

Here’s 4 key steps to help you improve daily:

  1. Disrupt yourself (Before someone else does). Make the decision to intentionally improve in some facet of your life daily.
  2. Re Focus. Create a focus hack that will help you regain focus on what’s most important in your life. That can be leaving your cell phone in another room while you’re working, creating an accountability chart or waking up earlier to get a head start on your day.
  3. Engage others. Find and hangout with people that are committed to improving like yourself. You become who you hang out with!
  4. Expand your capacity. Read more, attend personal development workshops or seminars, practice and prepare more on the areas you want to improve in.

We must focus on combating comfort to overcome complacency. Leaving our comfort zone of pursuing balance and becoming committed to getting better daily. Track your progress to ensure your moving the needle forward. Not all change is growth, but all growth is change. As Dr. Ben Herbster once quoted, “the greatest waste in the world is the difference between what we are and what we could become.” Remember in life, we don’t get what we want, but what we DESERVE!

How GOOD can become the enemy of GREAT!

By Jernavis Draughn

When was the last time you heard the term great in regards to a product, person or service? When was the last time you watched a great movie, or heard a great song, or had a great meal? I think our society has accepted being average because it’s the easiest route to take.

Our biggest competition in life is mediocrity. Winston Churchill said,” The price of greatness is   responsibility.” To become great in anything, one must first start with making the decision followed by taking some time to self-reflect on how you want to be remembered and commit to the process.

In the book “Motivation Manifesto”, by Brand Burchard, he discusses the 9 virtues of greatness. These virtues have to be practiced in order for you to reach the level of greatness in anything you do.

  1. Let us demand honesty
  2. Let us demand responsibility
  3. Let us demand actions
  4. Let us demand courage
  5. Let us demand respect for others
  6. Let us demand vigilance
  7. Let us demand service
  8. Let us demand intelligence
  9. Let us demand unity

What makes a service, product or a person great? I think it’s predicated on whether you have discovered a purpose for your life, and you have enlisted daily rituals that contribute to you reaching your goals. You have to create a vision that provides clarity and drives you to exercise daily growth. In the bible it says, “Where’s there’s no vision, people parish.” Anyone that has accomplished anything great in life, had a compelling vision for what they wanted to do.

Most people don’t believe they can become great at anything. We have to create a winners mindset. All behavior is belief driven and we become our standards. As Alan Cohen states, “all limits exist only in the mind, and it is only in the mind that they can be overcome!’

We can all name businesses, inventions, and people that have achieved greatness in the eyes of our society. The decision to leave the world a better place than how you found it, starts your marathon of making a difference. Additionally, focusing on giving more than you receive, helps you complete the first lap in the marathon of life.

We must commit daily to growing emotionally, spiritually, physically, financially and mentally.  Become immersed in self-mastery and providing world class service or production in your chosen field. Selecting this course will help you complete the second lap in the marathon of life. Coincidentally, leading with your life and not your words, will help you survive the third lap in the marathon of life. Finally, by giving and showing love continuously to everyone you are blessed to meet in the marathon of life will help you complete the last lap.

When you feel unmotivated, uninspired, negative, you start back at the first lap and repeat the process. Success is a marathon, not a sprint! Becoming great is a decision that we must all make to reach our goals and to live the life we desire. Make the decision TODAY!

Quote of the Day: “You were designed for accomplishment, engineered for success, and endowed with the seeds of greatness.”-Zig Ziglar

Why Being HAPPY Is a CHOICE!

By Jernavis Draughn

I have learned through my trials and tribulations that being in a state of happiness is a CHOICE. How would you define happiness and what does happiness mean to you?

The dictionary defines the term happy as, “a feeling or showing pleasure or contentment.” Our society is fixated on quick fixes that lead to overnight success, therefore, we become obsessed with pleasure, and not happiness. Pleasure is a short term feeling while living in a state of happiness is accepting what we are because our life is meaningful.

One of the best books I have ever read on this topic is “Happier”, by Tal Ben Shahar which teaches us to learn the secrets to daily joy and lasting fulfillment. In his book he states, “Happy people live secure in the knowledge that the activities that bring them enjoyment in the present will also lead to a filling future.” He therefore defines happiness as the overall experience of pleasure and meaning.

This definition resonates with me on many levels. I have learned that happiness leads to more success, and that emotions causes motions. Your emotions always provide the motive behind every action. And your performance in anything you do is predicated on where you live emotionally. Experiencing positive emotions is necessary but not sufficient for happiness.

The goal is to create a meaningful life, which connects to having a sense of purpose for your life. There is a great quote that says, “We do not always get what we want in life, but we always get what we CHOOSE.” WE choose our purpose. For example, anyone who finds meaning and pleasure in his work, lives a more purposeful life. It is very important to clarify your purpose. As Robert Byrne says, “The purpose life is a life of purpose.

Here are five questions that helped me discover what truly provides happiness in my life. Take a few minutes to answer these questions below:

  1. How would you define happiness?
  2. What does happiness mean to you?
  3. The 5 things that make e HAPPY are?
  4. Why are you GRATEFUL for these 5 things in your life?
  5. What are your HAPPINESS boosters?

Quote of The Day: “Happiness is the meaning and purpose of life, the whole aim and end of human exstence!”-Aristotle