A Vision without a Vision Board...in 2 easy steps
Aug 01, 2019
I’ve noticed something over the past several years: the most interesting, accomplished people I know all have a vision for their lives.
They seem to know what comes next, like they’ve seen the future.
Experts support the idea that with a vision in mind, you are more likely to succeed far beyond what you could otherwise achieve without a clear vision.
Think of crafting your life vision as mapping a path to your personal and professional dreams. Life satisfaction and personal happiness are within reach if you know what they are, and more importantly, what they look and feel like. The harsh reality is that if you don’t develop your own vision, you’ll allow other people and your current circumstances to direct the course of your life.
So get going and develop your own vision with these two very simple steps.
Step #1 – Pick a time frame
You want to, in your mind, have a clear understanding of when you'll achieve what you want.
EG: In five years time, I want to be debt free.
Step #2 - Write from the future, as though you had already achieved your vision
I love this exercise, and although it starts off feeling quite fake, you're going to write a letter or a report or an article as it you've already achieved your goal. So for example, I could write the above goal in a vision statement like this 'It feels so good to be debt free. I'm thrilled that i was disciplined enough, and I showed enough constraint over the last five years, that now I get to travel the world, knowing that i don't have any debts to take care of whilst I'm away. This is what true freedom feels like.'
Do you feel how this sounds different to: 'In five years time, I will have paid off my debts, and i'll go on a holiday, without having to worry about paying anything off whilst I am away'.
There's a HUGE difference in these two ways of writing. Writing from the future assume that it's already happened, and as you're writing it, you're conjuring up a FEELING in your body, which is setting your intention in motion. I would prefer it if you hand-write your vision because when we write something down, research suggests that as far as our brain is concerned, it’s as if we were doing that thing. Writing seems to act as a kind of mini-rehearsal for doing.
Visualising doing something can “trick” the brain into thinking it’s actually doing it, and writing something down seems to use enough of the brain to trigger this effect. Again, this leads to greater memorisation, the same way that visualising the performance of a new skill can actually improve our skill level.
Fascinating stuff right?
This booklet will prompt you to curate and script your future in the 5 different areas in your life. You'll be asked two or three questions to get the juices flowing. Before you know it, you'd have run out space from all the epic memories you're creating.
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