Oh, I LOVE talking about creating a vision for your life. Having a vision with emotion attached is a sure-fire way to accomplish your goals, even when the “going get’s tough”.
No matter what type of goal you have, having a clear vision of where you want to go is critical for you to take steps to get there. It’s so important, that’s why I decided to make a podcast episode about it! So you can listen to the episode here, or keep on readin’ for my 3 steps to creating a vision for your life.
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#1 BRAINSTORM WHAT’S IMPORTANT
This may sound pretty obvious when you think about how to create a vision for your life, but it’s #1 for a reason. Set aside about 30 uninterrupted minutes for this. I want you to really take time to focus on this and get in the zone.
Figure out what areas in your life are the most important
Think about your values and what you consider to be the most important in your life. Here’s a few ideas to get your wheels turning
- your health
These are only a few out of endless possibilities that could be important to you
Now take that and imagine what you want them to look like in the future
Open up a google doc or pull out a pen and paper and write down each area that is important to you. Then break your vision into different chunks of time.
Don’t just imagine each of these in 10 years and be done with it. A lot can happen in 10 years and hopefully, your vision has a lot in it. But here’s the thing: if you have huge goals written down, but have NO idea how to get there, you probably won’t!
So, you’ll need to add a few steps in between now and your grand 10-year goals. I suggest imagining each area in a 1 year, 5 years then 10-years time frame. This way you can see the steps from point A to point B.
You can do this in two ways. Either write your 10-year vision out and work backward from there. Or write your vision for your life one year out and go up from there. It doesn’t matter which way you choose.
#2 WRITE FUTURE JOURNAL ENTRIES
Now that you have a solid idea of what you want your future to look like in each area of your life, it’s time to go one step further.
For each chunk of time, you’ve decided to go with, write a journal entry from that time that goes along with it.
Let me explain…
In the episode, I use the example for a vision I have for myself two years from now. I dated this journal entry in May 2021. In this journal entry, I write as though this time has already past. I’m pretending I’m time-traveling into the future. So, in this entry, I wrote about what I want for my life as though it’s already happened.
Here’s a snippet from my journal entry:
Each year, I take at least a two-week vacation with Andrew. Monthly, I have free weekends and spend the majority of my extra time on self-care and activities I want to do. On normal workdays, I get up by 5 am, and I spend sacred time in the morning on my healthy routine. I eat, drink water, meditate, journal, review my vision, workout and then I start my day. The majority of my workday is spent in my community or creating content…
So, you get the idea. Write a journal entry for each period of time you envision. And get creative with this!
#3 REVIEW YOUR VISION EVERYDAY
Now’s the time to turn what you discovered in your vision for your life and turn make it an everyday reality.
Review your vision each morning
Try adding in “review your vision for your life” into your morning routine. If you read your journal entries every day, you won’t forget them. And you’ll start your day by reminding yourself what’s really important to you!
Write your vision like an affirmation
If you’re a fan of journaling, then I really think you should add this to your daily journaling. Just like how you wrote in the present tense for your journal entries, write your goals down like you’ve already accomplished them.
Two of my big goals are becoming an author and a top-ranked podcast host. So, I begin every day by writing “I am an author and a top-ranked podcast host” in my journal.
Am I an author and top-ranked podcast host? Not yet! But I make sure that I don’t write, “I WILL…” because my brain will focus on the part that says, “will”. Like I’m giving myself permission to put off my dreams for another day.
But when you write your goals in the affirmative as they’ve already happened, then your brain eventually starts to work towards making that a reality!
Review your day with your vision for your life in mind
My last daily tip is to review how your day went in the evening. When you’re winding down to go to sleep, ask yourself, “Did I do something today that put me closer to my vision for my life?”
And if the answer is no, then don’t beat yourself up. This is SO important! Too many people will be so self-critical that they become too paralyzed to try again. Don’t be like this!
Just ask yourself, “What can I do tomorrow to make progress towards my vision for my life?”
Remember, any progress is awesome, even if it’s small!
How are you making the vision for your life a reality?
I want to hear from you, have you ever thought about visualizing your future? If you did, how did it go? Let me know in the comments below.
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