We benefit so much from having a vision for our future. It works especially well when we keep that vision top of mind throughout the day, each day.
Like resolutions, having a clear and accessible vision lets us live our life according to what is most important to us.
Option 1: Vision board
An exercise I like doing is creating a visual representation of what I would like the next year or more to look like.
You can do this with a drawing if you're artistic, or you can create a vision board. Below is the one I just made for 2018:
For mine, I used clippings from magazines I already have in my house, such as "Real Simple" and "Yoga Journal." I focussed on home/work life, relaxation/play, my relationships, and my personal growth.
Option 2: Vision letter
Another exercise you can do for creating your vision is write a letter. Coach Carol Williams shared this one on her group coaching call. She suggests that you write a letter to yourself dated a year from now.
For example, you date it December 31, 2018 and tell yourself in the letter all the wonderful things you have accomplished that year. You write it in the present tense as if it has all already happened to you.
I found creating the vision board easier than writing myself the letter. Notice the inner gremlins that try to come up and squash your dreams. I had some very loud ones telling me I was silly to even entertain the idea of having these things in my life.
Don't let them get to you. Stick with it. Tell those gremlins to be quiet and just listen to what your heart wants.
Option 3: Define your dream
The third exercise I was given is by another coach, named Emily Clement. She shared this one at the recent Women Inspiring Women's event in Manchester, NH.
Ask yourself: What would I truly love? Think beyond your current conditions and circumstances; you have unlimited potential and creativity, so think big.
Write your dreams for 4 areas of your life, as though they are already yours. Use positive and possible language rather than negative or avoiding language. For example: "I live in physical comfort" instead of "I got rid of my back pain." Or, "I have strong healthy lungs" instead of "I quit smoking."
Start each dream with appreciation and gratitude: "I am so happy and grateful now that..." and end it with "This or something better."
The four areas are:
1. Health (physical, emotional, spiritual, and mental)
2. Relationships (with yourself, spouse, family, community, Earth, God)
3. Career (what gives you passion, meaning and purpose)
4. Financial freedom (how and where you earn, save, spend and give money)
You have been given a great gift. Your life. What will you do with it?
[Photo: Jake Sloop, Unsplash]