How to create your life vision
Have you ever thought of writing down your Life Vision?
It may sound to you like a New-Agey and frivolous thing to do, but let me ask you this.
The last time you went on holidays, did you just pack your luggage and showed up at the airport, picked a flight that had an available seat, then at the destination got a cab and told a cab driver “take me somewhere” hoping you’d like it?
Most likely not.
I bet you planned it carefully. You did a lot of research and picked the best destination you could get with as many of your favourite features as possible. And that’s how it should be.
It’s not uncommon for people to spend more time planning their holidays than planning their lives. But your life should be at least as important as your holidays, no?
I wrote this article to help you write your own Life Vision.
The benefits of having a life vision
Whether you set a vision of what you want your life to be like in 3 or 30 years is less relevant. What’s important is that you have one.
Your life vision is your compass that helps you navigate through your decision and challenges.
It will help you stay on track when the next shiny thing pops up.
Your life vision will help you follow what you really want in life rather than settling for what’s available right now.
Your life vision will help you justify all the work and sacrifice you may need to endure on the way.
Your life vision is your master plan for your life.
Before you start creating your life vision
First of all, don’t expect to have an instant crystal clear picture of what you want in years or decades to come. Creating your life vision may take some time and serious soul searching. But even then, it will be the best thing you’ve ever done, so be patient.
Work on it, edit it, update it. It’s all good.
You want it to feel right, authentic, exciting and inspiring.
It can be a bit like sculpting a sculpture out of a block of marble.
You start with a rough shape adding more and more details as you go.
I want to share with you something personal.
A few months ago I was organising notes on my phone and I found this: My life vision I wrote in 2013 right as I was starting my coaching business.
This is an extract from my life vision from 2013.
“It is October the 1st 2013!
I’m looking into the future, and this is what I see.
I have truly made it and became a life coach with the prosperous and booming business. I work with 20+ incredible clients who are getting amazing results in all areas of their lives. I’m helping them to uncover untapped resourcefulness within them and achieve things they never thought possible. This is so incredibly rewarding. I feel fulfilled.
I am earning amazing income by doing what I love. I make money I never dreamed were possible.
I’m making £10,000 a month… Damn! I am soon moving to my new flat, just like the one I have been dreaming about for a long time. Beautiful, spacey, bright, no clutter, modern, with an incredible view, and I have decorated the living room to green and white.
How did I get here?
I have worked hard every day. I eliminated all bullshit and time-wasting activities like games and procrastinating and started using every minute to learn and grow. I have put myself out there, working with people for free, and when I started to get solid results, I charged for coaching. I started with a small fee and increased it little by little as my experience grew.
I dropped my shyness and insecurities and just went for it.
I run regular workshops, write articles and create Youtube videos. People know who I am.
Life is amazing now, and 2013 was the biggest turn in my life.
If I knew what was possible, I would have taken all the bold and necessary steps much earlier and not hold back and waste time.
If I could send a message to my today self, I would say…
Believe, don’t give up, work hard, don’t be scared of failure and don’t be afraid of success… you’ll make it!!!”
It’s incredible to read this now, six years later, having achieved all that.
It’s certainly not a coincidence.
I hope this may inspire you to write your own life vision.
guidelines for the life vision process.
- Make sure that the vision you are creating for your life is YOURS.
- It’s not a vision of what others want for you, what you think you SHOULD or OUGHT to do or be.
- Create a vision that will fulfil you rather than one that will impress others.
- Create a vision of what you want, not what you don’t want.
- Be bold. You have no idea of what is possible to accomplish over several years. If you need permission to be brave and dream big, I’m giving it to you now.
- Don’t compare your vision with what others have.
- Don’t worry about HOW you’ll make it happen at this point.
Creating your life vision
1) Identify all the areas of your life you want to design
What areas of your life do you care about the most?
Career, relationships, family, lifestyle, hobbies, where you live, travelling, health, fitness, spirituality, things you own, or any other area?
Consider all aspects of your life, personal and professional, materialistic and intangible.
Write down all the areas that you want to include in your life vision.
It may be 3 or 10. It’s totally up to you.
2) Organise them in order of importance
You can create a spreadsheet or just write them down on a piece of paper or in your journal. Organise all the areas you’ve identified in order of importance and start with the most important one.
3) Create your vision
Describe, in as much detail as you can, how would you want each of these areas to be like. It may start quite blurry, but the details will appear when you start writing.
Here are a few questions that will help you started.
What do I really want?
What do I secretly wish for?
What do I daydream about?
What do I secretly think I could have that others have?
What would make me truly happy?
If the above question is too challenging, ask yourself:
What would make me happier than I am today?
What would make me feel proud?
What would make me fulfilled and content?
What would make me feel like I’ve made it?
Who do I want to become?
What do I want to learn, know, master, or experience?
What qualities do I want to embody?
What would I love to leave behind one day?
How do I want to know or remember?
What do I want to be known for?
Let yourself go and write anything that comes to mind.
You can cross and rewrite anything you want at any point.
It’s your life, it’s your vision, and you have absolute control over it.
Feel free to fill in more details in the future or change what no longer feels right.
Revisit your life vision as often as you can.
Visualise it, feel it, dream about it, and most importantly, act on it.
But that’s for another article.
You have no idea what is possible in a lifetime.
But you can be sure that you won’t achieve it by accident.
Everyone successful, you know or have heard of had a vision for their success.
You know what to do now.
If you’d like more detailed guide to creating your life vision and life plan, leave me a comment.
I’m trying to keep these article in reasonable length but would be happy to do a full blown guide if there is demand.
If you want to work with me, create your life vision and then make it happen, contact me and let’s schedule the initial discovery session and find out if we’d be the right match.
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