This video was created after I received a question on why I talk about vision and goals, yet believe we shouldn’t have everything planned out to a T. It’s true! We shouldn’t be attached to outcomes and we should be flexible enough to allow things to not go the way we WANTED them to go . . . but that doesn’t mean we SHOULDN’T have goals and a vision. It’s so important to know where we want to go, therefore taking the time to create a vision should be high priority on your to-do list!
There are many different ways you can create your vision, here are 2 examples:
Write Out Your Vision
Get our your journal and write out every detail of your vision! If you don’t like physically writing, get on your computer, open a new word document and start typing away. There really isn’t a right or wrong way to write out your vision. Here are a few guidelines to help you write.
- Do this exercise in a way that feels best to you. Use your creativity and make it fun!
- Some people like to focus on their ‘ideal day’ and identify what their dream day would look like. Others like to take a big-picture point of view and focus on what their ideal life would be like. Do what feels good to YOU. The main thing to remember is that you want to get a sense of what your ideal lifestyle feels and looks like. Bring as many of the five (or six!) senses into this experience as possible.
- Focus on what you’re passionate about: What do you love? What makes your heart sing? The more strongly you feel for the things in your vision, the more likely you are to create them. This is about creating the life you love – the life of your dreams!
- Use as much detail as possible. That is, an ideal vision might focus on what your dream life is like from the time you wake up until the time you go to bed. A big-picture vision might focus on exactly how you feel as you go through your life, whom you’re with, how you take care of yourself, where you live, and so on…
- Use language as if your vision is in the present moment, and use positive language. Do not use ‘I will not’ or ‘I don’t have’, but instead say ‘I am’, ‘I have’, or ‘I choose’.
- Include people you want in your life (specific people or characteristics of people you want to spent your time with).
- Include thing you want to have in your life (the house of your dreams, your own business, or what have you.)
- Include how you want to be or feel (such as happy, healthy, energized, light, peaceful, joyful, charismatic, confident, smart, loving, forgiving, patient, and so forth.
- Include what you want to do (such as travel to XYZ country, be a leader, work part-time and still make money, get married, be fit, eat healthy, write a book, etc!)
- Bring in as many of your senses as possible (what do you see, taste, touch, smell, feel?).
- Be specific as you can about how your work and personal life flows together. You are inventing the lifestyle that is most ideal for you, not what you think is realistic.
- Avoid worrying about limitations (that is, ‘I have kids, so I can’t live in a sunny place in the winter’ or ‘My husband’s job is here, so I can’t go live in my dream city’.) This is your time to dream about what you want, not what you think will work for everyone else.
- Are you dreaming big enough? Don’t confine yourself to what you think is possible. You might not even know what is truly possible until you experience the power of getting clear about what you want and visualizing it coming true for you.
- There’s also the ‘keep it simple’ option – maybe you just want to focus on how you’ll feel with no emphasis on anything else. For instance, I feel loving toward myself, and I know I’m feeling this way because I am kind to myself. I say yes when I truly want to say yes and no when I want to say no. I feel a sense of ease in how I do things, and I know this because I have very little stress in my life. I feel happy and calm as I go about my day.
Create A Vision Board
1. To make a vision board, invest time clarifying your goals. Decide what part of your life this board will represent and for what period of time. Is this for short-term or long-term goals? You can make several mini-boards for each area with a goal or connect them as one large board.
2. After your goals are clear, use a blank wall or board to pin images as a collage. You can create it on a cork board, in a picture frame on the front of your journal, on paint or a photo editing program on your computer, on a huge piece of cardboard – whatever you want to do! For “portable” vision boards, use a piece of cardboard to glue or tack images in place or place your images and words into a small photo album to take with you! Otherwise, tape images to open wall space in an area where you frequently work.
Collect images from: magazines, personal photo albums, online, your own sketches, craft items, anything you have sitting around your house!! Choose photos of yourself and of people you want in your life. Pictures of things you want in your life or that express the way you want to be or feel. Look in magazines, newspapers, or other sources.
3. Supplement images with quotes or words that also represent your vision. Use vibrant colors to enhance the emotion of these pieces. Add words – use colored markers to something to write words that are meaningful to you. Add specific dates for when you want these things in your life. And remember, think big – don’t get constrained by the how or worry about whether you can get it done by that date! This is your dream and you set the time frames! A vision board represents everything that is YOU, so creatively express YOU!
4. Display your vision board in a place that is highly visible to you. Popular places to hang vision boards are above computer screens, in offices, on your desk, in your bedroom, next to mirrors, on refrigerators, or any high traffic area of your home or office. You may want to take a photo of your vision board or create a digital version to display on a mobile device. Or, some people will paste the pictures in a journal that they carry around with them. There’s no right or wrong way to do it! It’s whatever works for YOU and YOUR LIFE.
5. Meditate on these images for a few minutes a day. As these visions become reality, acknowledge the success with check marks or stamps recognizing the piece as achieved. Give yourself the satisfaction of completion!
Having goals doesn’t mean you should be attached to the outcome. You should have goals which will help propel you forward down the right road. During your journey, your goals may change, detours may arise and wrenches WILL be thrown into your plans – AND THAT’S OK!!! If these didn’t happen, then we wouldn’t end up getting exactly what we need. Exactly what we’re meant to have. We wouldn’t end up exactly who we’re meant to be.
So have an open heart, an open mind and believe in yourself.
Throwing your intentions out into the Universe is one of the most impactful acts you can do. So empower yourself and get serious about your vision and what you want in life!
Let me know how the exercise goes for you!!
Wishing You A Pain Free Day!