Adopt A Decision Making Process That Factors In Your Vision
Time Management Skills Series: Skill 02
This concept fuses David Allen's Horizons of Focus ® and the 4 components of VISION from the book Beyond Entrepreneurship. The idea is to look at your work from the highest perspective down to the lowest perspective where the action happens. Doing so allows you to see how everything fits and flows together, improving your decision making process on what to do next.
The 7DS VISION Framework ™ consists of 6 perspectives or levels from which to view your next action, make your next decision or define your next 28-day mission.
- The Visionary Level (50K Feet)
- The Purpose Level (40K Feet)
- The Beliefs Level (30K Feet)
- The Values Level (20K Feet)
- The Promise Level (10K Feet)
- The Mission Level (Ground Floor Feet)
The Visionary Level (50K Feet)
This level is really not about the work at all. It is about your life plan and uniting \ converging the 3 to 5 things which bring you joy, satisfaction and fulfillment into a single and clear pursuit. Vision is a picture of your life in its fullest expression, with all things exactly as you would have them.
The Purpose Level (40K Feet)
This level sets in motion, the convergence of activities, relationships and resources required to carryout your life plan and vision. Ralph Waldo Emerson said, "The purpose of life is not to be happy. It is to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate, to have it make some difference that you have lived and lived well."
The Beliefs Level (30K Feet)
Beliefs are the assumptions and convictions that you hold to be true regarding concepts, events, people, and things. So much of what we do is based on speculation and possibility-thinking.
The key point to consider at the Beliefs Level is do not allow your beliefs to prevent you from seeing new and perhaps, better possibilities and perspectives.
The Values Level (20K Feet)
Values are important and lasting beliefs or ideals shared by the members of a culture about what is good or bad and desirable or undesirable. Values have major influence on your behavior and attitude, and can serve as broad guidelines in your decision making process.
At the Values Level, having an inner circle or mastermind is essential. The bible refers to this as a multitude of counselors (Proverbs 11:4). This select group of experts help you think through and make the right and best decisions.
The Promise Level (10K Feet)
Your Promise is the commitment you give to your C.E.O.S.S. to carry out or refrain from executing a specified act or acts.
C.E.O.S.S. stands for:
As you implement plans and process change, your commitment will be tested. Your Promise will keep you from giving up on something that you are supposed to do.
The Mission Level (Ground Floor)
This is where the action happens. Scott Belsky calls it the messy middle - the art and science of finding your way through the hardest and most crucial part of your bold venture.
We follow a 28-day Mission strategy for most projects. Our decision making process is built on two sequences of actions.
- The first is called the C.O.N.T.R.O.L. Sequence and it happens during days 1 through 7.
- This is followed by the M.O.O.R. Profits System which happens from day 8 to day 28.
The C.O.N.T.R.O.L. Sequence helps you control your focus and deliver a marketable prototype or product within 7 days.
The M.O.O.R. Profits System further develops the prototype or product.
- Adding relevant functionality
- Removing non-essential elements and
- Delivering these beneficial changes (for increased profit)
...to the targeted group of subscribers and customers based on their feedback and other key metrics.
You'll learn more about these two sequences later.
The focus for now is creating a quality decision making process - one that you can trust under pressure.
The daily schedule template helps you honor, respect and maximize your time. These six perspectives (Vision, Purpose, Beliefs, Values, Promise and Mission) help sharpen your mind and provide a filtering system for what you say YES to (as well as what to decline).
The development of your decision making process (beginning at the VISIONARY Level - 50K Feet) will help prevent certain activities and people from making your daily schedule.
This allows you to stay organized, reduces your stress, and helps you accomplish key personal and business goals with less effort.
If you're ready to start thinking and leading like a VISIONARY, check out the resources listed below and then continue to the next lesson in the Time Management Skills Series.
- David Allen's Horizons of Focus [Article] or Download PDF Version
- Scott Belsky - How To Conquer The Messy Middle [Podcast]
After viewing these resources, continue to the next lesson > Study Effective Meeting Strategies (including which ones to decline).