Interview With Ann Webb, The LifeVision Coach: www.letyourlifespeak.biz
Q: Ann, What is a LifeVision?
Well, let me give you a brief yet concrete description, and as we go along in this interview more details will unfold to reveal the bigger picture. A LifeVision is a minutely detailed "personal mission statement" that includes the 5 key areas of life: relationships (family and social) spiritual, physical, physical, financial/professional and emotional/personal development. It is written AS IF it were already accomplished (in the present tense).
The LifeVision is created first on paper (or computer screen) in sections. It is fine-tuned and tweaked until it feels complete as an expression of the "ideal you". It is then recorded (with Baroque music in the background) onto a CD and listened to daily. The process of listening daily to the ideal life you intend to create is incredibly powerful. It is a cause in motion that literally activates and attracts the things you desire into your life.
Q: What are the principles behind the LifeVision method?
There are several principles that play a significant part in HOW and WHY the LifeVision works.
1) The Law of Attraction states that what you focus on with emotion and belief, you attract into your life. Obviously, this is at the very core of what the LifeVision is based on. By listening to your recorded LifeVision daily, you are indeed focusing on exactly what you want to attract into your life.
2) The Power of Clear Intention is the first step in creating and designing your ideal life with a LifeVision. To have what you want, you need to know what you want. Getting really clear is the first step to attracting it into your life.
3) Balance: Imagine riding down the road in a vehicle that wasn't in alignment or had a flat tire. The ride would be less than smooth to say the least. When one area gets too much attention or not enough, it becomes lopsided. And so it is in life. Balancing all the different areas of life is critical to a smooth ride.
Other powerful principles that pertain directly to the LifeVision are: The Law of the Harvest (You reap what you sow) The Law of Gratitude (a powerful force for creating good things in your life), The Power of the Written Word and the Power of the Spoken Word. And of course I shouldn't leave out the power of Super-learning music that takes all of this into the subconscious.
Q: What is your story as it pertains to LifeVision? Why were you drawn to it?
My story begins clear back in the 80's! At the time, because my husband and I were recently out of graduate school and living in the Washington D.C. area. Upon graduation, we were optimistic that our future, including our financial future, would be bright and prosperous. However, we were unprepared for the high cost of living in the DC area. That, along with our new student loan payment, and the usual expenses of a young family of 4 nearly put us under. To put it bluntly, we were dying financially! I tried several different things, from network marketing to piano lessons, but never made more than $300 in any business adventure I pursued.
One day my father called me very excitedly to tell me 2 ideas that he had that might get me out of my financial predicament. One was the introduction to the LifeVision (he called it a "creed") and the other was a new business idea that a mutual friend had had much success with. When he mentioned this friend had made $30,000 in the month of November, I was all ears! It turned out the business was selling a "Wassail" mix (a hot orange, lemon and spice drink) at craft shows.
The mix was packaged in a cute Christmas plaid bag, tied with a bow, gift card and cinnamon stick. They sold for about $5 each and my dad anticipated that I could sell hundreds. Then he made a powerful suggestion that kept me up all night. He said "Why don't you take this business idea of selling wassail mixes, combine it with this new goal setting method and see what happens to you financially." I decided that I would in fact "TRY" this new totally-off-the-wall Creed!
And so I began. I followed the details in the booklet he had given me, writing down my goals in each section of life (spiritual, physical, relationships, emotion, personal development and financial) "as if" I had already accomplished them. It was strange at first, but I quickly got the hang of it. When
I got to the financial section, I wrote: "I have a wassail business! In November & December of 1989, I make $20,000.
I do this by selling 2000 bags of wassail at 6 craft shows. Every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, from 1-3 p.m. in the afternoon, I make the necessary phone calls and preparations to accomplish this task." Interestingly, at the time I wrote this, I had no idea what was involved in having a "wassail-business", because it was a brand-new idea to me. After finishing up with the writing of my creed on a typewriter (no computer!), I was a little taken back that I was instructed in the booklet to record my written creed onto a cassette tape with Baroque music playing in the background!
While still shaking my head at this crazy idea, I checked out Baroque music from the library, got our Fisher Price tape recorder and while my two little girls were playing in the other room, I began the task of recording my first-ever LifeVision!. What a nightmare! I was almost finished with the entire recording and the phone rang (so the "ringing sound" was on my recording)….so I turned off the phone and started again. This time I was almost done when one daughter came into the room crying about how her sister had hit her. So I locked the door and started at the beginning once again. This time it was banging on the door about how the sister had hit her again…… all on my recording! It took me approximately 2 hours to record this short 10 minute "CREED"! But finally I had it!
It wasn't many days later that I began to doubt myself. I remember feelings like "Get real Ann, your husband only makes $25,000 and you think you're going to make $20,000 in a single month! And besides….look at your track record!!!" These thoughts plagued me for a few days until finally I knew I had to change that single word in my creed from $20,000 to $5,000. But the thoughts of having to go through that nightmare for ONE word didn't make sense. So I came up with the perfect solution! I would say "$5,000" over the top of my recording each and every time I listened to it. This was being "realistic" without the headache of having to re-record the entire thing. This worked for about 2 weeks.
One day I was driving to the grocery store, supposedly listening to my creed, but I got to the end of the tape and realized that I hadn't paid any attention to it. I had been day-dreaming and hadn't focuses on it at all! (I'm sure I was making a mental grocery list instead). I was discouraged and scared, wondering how this would all work if I couldn't focus on my goals! I found my dad's booklet and in the back was his coach's phone number. I called him and said something like the following: "Hi Leo, you don't know me from Adam, but my dad is a client, and on my own, I've written a creed. After listening to it for several weeks, I'm having trouble focusing and usually become distracted while listening. Do you have any suggestions?"
Leo asked me if I had followed the instruction of recording it to Baroque music in the background. I said that I had. He said…"Good, it doesn't matter if you're focusing or not because the super-learning music helps to take it to the subconscious by putting you in the meditative state of Alpha." (WAY too deep for me!) He assured me that it would work even if I daydreamed! PHEW! Needless to say, it wasn't too many days before I stopped saying "$5000" over my $20,000 recorded goal. I continued to listen to my recording daily (at least subconsciously ) for the next 10 months and crazily enough, I made $19,800 in the month of November !!!! Can I just say how thankful I am that I was too lazy to re-record my creed (thereafter to be called a LifeVision).
After this experience, I had to ask myself… "Why did this happen? "What made it work"? I will admit that I didn't spend the time researching the answer to these questions and the principles behind them. I was just thrilled it had worked and so I spent my time creating bigger and more powerful LifeVisions. I knew it worked, and I wasn't too concerned at the time of "Why" it worked. The results were enough for me.
………The Rest of the Story.
The next season, with a year's experience under my belt, I was determined to create a much bigger business out of my little "Wassail business". I began the year by creating a new LifeVision that included the financial figure of $100,000. (My husband Scott wanted me to "just add another zero, to the end of last years number"...but $200,000 was a little ambitious for a girl who was still reeling from the $20,000 experience.) Once again, I listened daily to the affirmation of $100,000 ~ 15,000+bags of wassail to back up that figure.
But the Universe had other plans...we got into the wholesale business which threw that figure into the tens of thousands of bags! We became a staple at the Gift Markets and Gourmet Food Shows, selling to over 2,000 stores nationwide. I was even featured on QVC! Wow! A simple idea that eventually became a million-dollar idea for our family.
Q: Why would a person choose LifeVision as a means to enhancing their life?
Well, as you know, there are hundreds and thousands of success and self-help titles lining the bookstore shelves. Most are a wealth of knowledge with incredible ideas based on sound principles. And yet most of us are still lacking the results we desire by reading the books. Why? Good ideas are a dime-a dozen. How to assimilate the ideas, making them a permanent part of our lives is where the gold mine is. It's all theory until it's put into practice! The LifeVision is not another self-help program, it's an implementation system; taking your goals, ideas and action plans and putting them in front of your face on a daily basis!
Q: What would a private session involve in terms of time commitment? Do you offer private sessions via internet?
There are several ways of working directly with me. First I have a LifeVision Coaching package which involves 5 individualized sessions (1 for each life area) plus line-by-line feedback on their entire LifeVision. This is for the individual who would like to be walked through the entire process by answering powerful questions (that I ask) such as: "Could the following sentence 'I give 10% of my income to charity' be transformed into a more powerful vision by including specific details: "On the first of each month, I write a check for $215 to Habitat for Humanity. It feels great giving back to the community." ? Because I have used the LifeVision for over 18 years now…I know all the ins and outs of what it takes to create a powerful LifeVision.
This coaching program can be done entirely on the internet or the coaching sessions could be done via the phone. Time commitment from start to a finished LifeVision is typically about 12 hours. Another option is my tele-classes. In this tele-seminar series, the classes are broken down into 5 different life areas: Spiritual, Physical, Relationships, Personal Development/Emotional, & Professional/Financial. Each 30-minute class is devoted to getting you to dream your "ideal life" in that particular area and then come up with the action plan, by when's, and motives. Covered in each class are questions to ponder in preparation, ideas of things to include plus examples. The end of each class is open to Q&A. Typically there are 3 tele-classes per week to choose from. Figure out which area of the LifeVision you want to begin working on, take a look at the calendar, jump on "the call" and get going!
Q: Could a person get the benefits of LifeVision on their own and how?
Absolutely! I learned about it from my dad (I had no coaching at all) and worked on it independently. However, I did have the benefit of a great book that provided the step-by-step process and numerous examples. My program includes just such a book plus the recording system. This is the ideal for a someone who is ambitious & a self-starter! Here's the Link for this program:
Q: Thank you for your time, Ann! How can readers learn more about you and LifeVision?
About Ann Webb, The LifeVision Coach
Frequently referred to as a "LifeVision Expert", Ann Webb has lectured, trained, inspired, and provided coaching and consulting services to hundreds of individuals & solo-preneurs over the last 16 years. Ann is the author of "The Power of Creating a Lifevision" and "Let your Life Speak Ezine".
Ann's company "Let your Life Speak" holds ongoing tele-seminars and Live workshops assisting entrepreneurs and other highly motivated individuals in designing their own ideal life initially through creating a personal LifeVision and then through continued coaching. The concept behind her coaching practice is:
- Using your thoughts as a magnet for attracting what you want into your life.
- Setting goals using a revolutionary method.
- Not just changing your life, but reinventing it. It is about creating radical change and achieving what you once thought impossible.
- A holistic approach that doesn't focus on just one aspect of your life, but supports you in creating an extraordinary life in every area of your life.
- Creating synergy between your personal and professional lives.
- Learning to connect with what is most important to you. Assisting you in realizing what your life is about, why you are here and what your primary purpose, vision, and mission is.
- Blending every key area of your life to create balance that supports harmony and contentment.
Visit her website for more information: www.letyourlifespeak.biz
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