In my last blog post, I talked about the importance of knowing your purpose and having a vision for how to accomplish it. Whether you are already aware of your purpose or still in the process of finding it, a vision can help you stay focused on your goals and dreams. Since finding your purpose is often more convoluted than simply taking steps toward a goals, let’s talk more deeply about how to solidify visions for your goals so you have a better idea of where you are going.
- Reflect on where you are at and be honest with yourself. This step is the hardest step because it means looking at yourself with honesty. No shame, and no excuses, just honesty. When faced with the reality of where we are in our life, many of us resort to shame and negative self talk. I know I can personally relate with the demons inside of me telling me how horrible I am because my life isn’t where I think it should be. However, this step is the most important step to your journey. If you don’t take a good look at where you are now, you won’t know how to get anywhere else. Moving forward takes specific actions that move you from where you are now to where you want to be. If you don’t know where you are at, then you can’t take steps to where you want to be. I know it sounds like I am repeating myself, and I am. This step is just that important. In my workshops, I use a Wheel of Life activity to walk individuals through the process of looking at where they are now in their lives.
- Dream about success. The next step in my workshop is to take some time and dream of where you see yourself in the main areas of your life, whichever areas you believe make up your wheel. If you have completed this activity, my words will make sense. But, even if you haven’t created your own Wheel of Life, you can still take a few minutes, or longer, to dream. Think about what these areas would look like if time and money were not an issue. What are those dreams made of? If that is overwhelming for you, just think of what it would take to increase your satisfaction in your life. I really recommend starting with the Wheel of Life in step one if you aren’t sure where to start with dreaming about your life. That step will give you some ideas for areas you might want to dream of.
- Write positive “I am” statements about what your life looks like when you are successful. Once you have spent time contemplating what your life would look like, write those dreams out as “I am” statements. For example, one of my dreams is to be an international speaker, coach, and trainer. So, I would write my “I am” statement like this, “I am an international speaker coach and trainers who has helped millions of people find and fulfill their purpose.” Do this with each area of your life that you were about to dream about. This step takes those dreams and makes them a vision. Instead of lofty ideas, they are now part of your vision for your life and where it is headed. “I am” is a powerful transition from I want to I dream of; now you are actually planning for it. In my workshop, we write these on sticky notes and attach them to the back of our vision boards.
- Write 3 immediately actionable steps you can take toward your success. It’s time to put actions behind the vision you are creating for your life. In order to actualize your potential in these areas into your life’s legacy, you need to take steps to accomplish your vision. For each area that you wrote an “I am” statement, you will now write three action items you can accomplish over the next 30 to 90 days, depending on the item and the time needed to complete the step. Make one of the steps something you can complete in the next 7 days. If you are serious about taking action, create an 18 month plan on what steps you would take over time too. This gives you immediately actionable items, and a vision for what it will take to make your dream a reality.
- Create a vision board. The final step is to create a vision board that encapsulates your dreams so you can keep them at the forefront of your mind. When the challenges in life take a swing at you, a vision board makes it easier to remember why you need to fight back. A vision board provides you with something to look at every day, several times a day, so you stay focused on where you want to go. Once you complete the vision board, place it somewhere where you will see it often. If you aren’t sure how to create a vision board. Keep an eye out for my blog post on how we do it in my workshop. Or, use Uncle Google to search for ideas. Here is a picture of a vision board.
I called this step the final one; however, the journey never really ends. Once you accomplish these goals, it’s time to create new ones. Or, if you have another area in your life in need of change or direction, use the steps to focus on it. The steps above can be used anytime you need to clarify your vision and create a plan to make it happen. Use them and make them yours.
Be brilliant. Be amazing. But, most of all, beYOUtiful.