The most pathetic person in the world
is someone who has sight,
but has no vision.
Do you struggle with how to design and carry out a clear vision for your life? Does it seem that you are living day to day without a real plan and feeling like you have lost your focus? Here are a few tips to inspire you on how to develop a vision for your future:
1. Reflection time. Make some room in your over-burdened schedule to do nothing but reflect on your life. Having time to ponder how far you have already come and where you are now headed is integral to proceeding to develop your life vision.
2. Open your mind. Surveying your life so far may seem like a rather daunting process when you first sit down to do it. But, you must make time to fully acknowledge what has happened to you and determine whether you honestly feel that you are on the track that you want to be on at this time in your life.
This process will be a challenge, but the end result could produce one amazing life that is perfectly tailor-made for you.
3. Take notes. Think about what you have accomplished so far in your journey. What goals have you met? Write them out. Doing so will cultivate more thoughts of what you have already experienced in life and why. Are you still working toward those goals? Why or why not?
4. Be completely honest with yourself about any choices that you have made in the past that were diversions. When did you make a choice that prevented you from continuing working toward your “real” goal at the time? Looking back now, what do you think was your biggest mis-step?Did some of those choices turn out well? Why? Did they lead you down a path that you now see as more in tune with what you really want?
5. Set goals now. Make a new list of your current goals and wishes for the future.
Perhaps you want a promotion at work. What has to happen in order for that to occur? Create the mini-goals that will be necessary to do do in order for you to meet your main goal of getting that promotion. Leave nothing out. For example, if you need to complete two college classes, include those as goals.
Check off each smaller goal you accomplish as you work toward the larger, overarching goal. It will be a real boost when you do.
6. Post your life aspirations where you can see them regularly. Put them on your mirror, refrigerator, Smart-phone, electronic pad, and bulletin board. Put a copy by your favorite chair in your living room where you can re-read them often. In short, ensure your vision is right in front of your face much of the time.
7. Create a vision board. Use photos from magazines and write inspiring words related to the photos you choose to place on your board. Your vision board is a graphic reminder of what you are working toward single every day.
8. Decide whether that you are indeed living in “the right place.” Does your current home location meet your employment, personal, and financial needs? Is it possible to achieve your goals here? If not, seriously begin to consider your options. Are you willing to move away? If so, include on your goal list everything you must do to get ready to move.
9. Make your life vision a priority! In order to live out the vision that you have developed, you must keep your vision at the top of your list of priorities. Going forward, when making decisions in the future, consider the options that will support your life vision.
Developing your life vision will take time, reflection, and work, but the rewards will be great. Your life will be filled with passion and optimism once you develop your vision. Why wait? Start creating your vision today!
What would you add to this list of ways to get your vision back at the top of your list of priorities?