Have you ever wondered where you are going and how you are going to get there? In general most days, when you plan to go to the shops or meet a friend you know where you are going. In fact, whenever you drive you normally know where you are going. The end destination is clear. However, when you go to a new place, you may not know where to go. Therefore, you might use a roadmap or ‘sat nav to help you get there. The map gives you direction so you don’t get lost.
Life too needs direction. Without knowing where you want to want to and what you want to achieve, you can become lost. One way to give yourself personal direction is to create your future vision by setting goals.
Your future vision is how you see yourself in the future. This could be in 3 years, 5 years, 10 years. Your vision is your inspiration and guidance to the future you. In general, your vision is connected to your ‘why’ and your key core values. As you create your future visions and work towards it, you create your plan, your map to guide you there.
To reach your future goals, you need clarity.
In 2017 I noticed my vision was not as sharp, so I got my eyes tested. And, as I thought, my blurry vision could be corrected. It was as simple as purchasing and wearing glasses. Consequently, I now wear glasses for reading and also for driving.
This got me thinking about my personal vision in life. My personal goals and how clear they need to be so I can achieve them. There is a Zen saying, ‘Close your eyes to see clarity.’ Just as you need good vision to drive safely, you need personal vision to know where you are going in your life.
What about your personal life? Is that blurry? Many people have a vague idea about what they would like. A general idea of their future direction. Some people have an idea and then along the way, the vision becomes blurry. The future vision is lost in a haze. Lost to someone else’s vision for them. It is so easy to lose yourself in someone else’s plan.
I was very good at seeing my direction but over the past few years, I allowed my vision to become blurred. However, I stopped focussing… but now I’m correcting my vision. I have refocussed on my goals and I’m no longer aiming for what someone else had set for me. I have my own vision I’m working towards.
Maybe you are similar to me got a little lost along the way. All those years of serving others; partner, children, family, friends, clients left little time to focus on your own wants, desires. Let alone create the clarity required to achieve them. Fortunately, it is never too late to evaluate the path your on and make adjustments, so that you can design the life you desire.
Related post: Guide to life goals with core value list.
Three actionable steps to create your future vision.
- Define your future vision by asking yourself questions like;
- What do I want to do with my life?
- What inspires me?
- When you are passionate you’re so happy, that you may forget to sleep or eat. What do I love to do?
As you define your vision, give yourself time to write your answers to the questions. Write freely, write as if you were writing your ideal day?
- What time would you wake up?
- What would you do?
- Who would you help?
- Where would you go?
- What would you eat?
- How does each moment feel?
Feelings are important as, when you create your future vision with emotion, using your senses you can feel your future.
A great way is to write your vision as an ideal day as if it was happening. How happy do you feel, are you smiling because you are talking to the important people in your life? Can you smell the sea air as you walk by the beach?
I know how my ideal day looks, how about you, can you picture it? can you see it? also, can you feel it?
- Communicate your vision.
Communicate your vision to yourself and to others. One way to do this is to read your ideal day to yourself daily. As you read your ideal day, visualize it, visualize yourself in your future day. Feel it with all your senses.
Another way is to discuss and talk about your future with your partner, a trusted friend, a mentor. Share your vision and what you would like to achieve. You never know who can help you along the way.
- Take action and work towards your vision.
Create a plan on how to create your future vision. Break it down into steps. A business would create a strategic plan to get from A to B. Life is no different a plan is needed. When you set a goal, it is important to have a blueprint, some idea on the required steps to get there. You do not need to know all the steps, some will be worked out as you go along. Visualize your future and commence designing and taking action towards the future you envision for yourself.
One way to take action on your vision is; If your ideal day says you enjoy a revitalizing swim at the end of your day, find time to enjoy that now a few times a week. Another way is to learn the skills you need to create the life you would like.
My ideal day includes blogging and learning blogging skills, therefore I invest time in studying how to blog. One of the courses, blog by numbers, is a course that steps you through from a novice to a blogger.
Life is for enjoying. With these three steps to create your future vision, create an amazing life for yourself.
Angie blogs about setting goals and mastering habits as well as productivity and living abroad. She started blogging while learning the skills to start an online business. Her goal to work online came about due to wanting to see overseas family and travel around Australia. Her mission is to help others succeed with their goals. Angie often shares tips and tricks while walking the beaches or near the lake on the Central Coast NSW Australia.