Creating a space
Now it’s time to create your vision using both mental and physical tools of your mind and body, such as the thoughts and actions to create and realize your goals.
Before you begin to create your vision, it’s important to set up a comfortable space for yourself where you will be able to quiet your mind and focus your thoughts without outside distractions or interruptions. Have pen and paper available as you are going to be writing down some important revelations during this process.
Be sure to allow plenty of uninterrupted time. Get comfortable, and clear your mind of any thoughts that may be trying to infringe upon you during this time. Relax and allow yourself to make the most of this experience.
Exploring who you are and what you want
There are several exercises below that will help you in the visioning process. Take the time to complete some or all of them. Do not rush. The more you give yourself the time and space to reflect, the more that will be revealed through these exercises. Do not abandon your work in the moments when you feel uncomfortable. These moments are often the ones where you get the greatest revelations. Feel safe and trust yourself in this process. It’s just you and your dreams. Enjoy this experience!
EXERCISE #1: The You of Yesteryear
Think back to when you were a child. Picture yourself in one of your favorite places where you enjoyed spending time. Begin to reflect on the following questions:
- What were your interests?
- What did you want to be when you grew up?
- How did you interact with others?
- What games did you like to play?
- When you played pretend, what type of work did you do?
- What other roles did you play?
EXERCISE #2: Back To the Future
Now imagine yourself as you are nearing the end of your life. See yourself happy, content, and feeling fulfilled about a life well spent. As you sit in your rocking chair on the porch on a beautiful spring day, reflect back on your life and answer these questions:
- What things am I most proud to have accomplished?
- Who was I?
- What kind of parent, friend, professional, neighbor, spouse, and sibling was I?
- What will I most be remembered for?
- What message would I like to leave with those that I love?
EXERCISE #3: The Future You
The goal of this exercise is to identify your objectives for the year. This exercise helps you to connect with what you really want, as opposed to what you think you should do. When doing this exercise, balance what you would love to have happen in your life with what you believe can happen.
Pretend that it is one year from now and you are writing a letter to someone you care about who would want to celebrate your success.
Share what has transpired and what you have accomplished during the past year in your business and personal life.
While you may write whatever is compelling to you, important areas to address for business/career are:
- Revenue/income generated
- Who you serve
- Number of clients
- How you spend your day
- How many hours/days you work
- Your work environment
- What you are good at, what types of services/work you do
- Anything else that is important to you regarding your business/career
Share also about your personal accomplishments, writing what you would like your reality to be in one year, covering all the important areas of your life, such as:
- Personal development
- Finances and investments, etc
EXERCISE #4: A Perfect Day
This exercise is designed to help you become clear about your ideal work day and ideal personal day. When you do this, you will be a lot closer to identifying your vision for your life.
- Write out a detailed description of your ideal day.
- Write separate descriptions of an ideal work day and an ideal personal day.
- Be as specific as possible, focusing on the things that make you feel great!
Sample ideal work day:
I wake at dawn as the sun shines through my window. I look out my window to gaze at the ocean beyond. I’m well-rested and excited about starting my day. My personal trainer arrives at 7:00 and takes me through my morning exercise routine in my personal gym. I get excited and motivated to take on the world. Next, I have a healthy breakfast with my family and we have some quality time together before I start my work day. At 9:00 a.m., I go into my home office, which is clean and organized, and where I feel energized and productive. I have all the systems and technology I need to support me in my business. I have full-time administrative and marketing assistants who are passionate about the business. At 9:30, I have my first training telecall, teaching others how to be successful …
Keep going and identify every aspect of your ideal work day. Then do an ideal personal day.
EXERCISE #5: Everything I’ve Ever Wanted
Many of us have seen the movie The Bucket List or read the book “1000 Places to See Before You Die.” So what is your bucket list? What do you want to do before you die? What places do you want to visit and what feats do you want to accomplish? Who do you want to meet?
Take some time to write down an exhaustive list of the things you want to see and do before you “kick the bucket.” Remember, no limiting beliefs allowed. Just big dreams! And keep adding to it as you think of new things you want to do.
Be sure to keep this handy and refer to it often. And one day 20 years from now, you will look back to discover many have been accomplished!
EXERCISE #6: What Matters Most?
A vision without passion will not spark you into action. Therefore, when creating your plan it is important to tap into what truly matters to you and brings meaning to your life. If your vision is not fueled by your passion, you will not have the “stick-to-it-ive-ness” to keep going when you encounter obstacles and setbacks.
- Here are some questions to help you determine what matters to you most:
- What am I doing when I feel happiest and most satisfied?
- If I could do anything or be anything, without restrictions or limitations, what would I be?
- If money was no object, how would I spend my time?
- What really gets me excited?
- What really fires me up?
- What charities, causes or social issues matter most to me?
- What is my own uniquely personal song to sing?
EXERCISE #7: The Love Fest
Take some time to reflect on what makes you uniquely you; what it is that you are good at, and what makes you happiest.
Ask yourself these questions:
- Who am I?
- What am I good at?
- What are my strengths?
- What do I love?
- What makes me uniquely me?
Focus ONLY on the positive things for this exercise. This is a Love Fest, so no negativity allowed!
When doing these exercises, do not get bogged down with feeling that your answers have to be perfect. Just by working through these activities, you are already making progress, and it will become easier. Too many people let themselves get paralyzed by thinking that they have to get it “right.” There is no right. There is just you and your dreams, finally being put on paper.
After you have completed this process, you will have many revelations and ideas on the topics you were exploring. Some may be a surprise; revelations that seemed to come from nowhere. Do not let this overwhelm you. Just sit with it, and give yourself time to absorb and reflect upon your newfound discoveries.
And most important of all – ENJOY this process!