One hot afternoon in July I was sitting on my back porch watching the sun go down and contemplating different ideas for a blog. After several conversations with Fluffy the cat, I came up with the idea for a blog dedicated to encouraging others to chase their dreams and live a more fulfilled life. My vision was to provide inspiration and hopefully provide motivation for at least one person to pursue their passion. I then developed numerous strategies on how to accomplish this vision and a plan to enact them. This got me to thinking how come I didn’t have a vision for my own life. A vision of the “me” in 10 years, 5 years, or even next week. I had goals but no clear vision of the person I wanted to become. No clear vision for my professional life, personal life, health, or the legacy that I wanted to leave behind for my loved ones. I realized that I had been “winging it” since I left the confines of my high school guidance counselors office. I was wandering around in the dark without a flashlight. I had been pushing my way through life instead of having the clarity of a clear vision to pull me in the right direction.
Although I wouldn’t change anything in my life up to this point, I wondered how much more I could have accomplished if I had created a vision in my twenties of what my future would look like. With an empty house except for the cat and nothing much else to do, I crafted a life vision for myself to at least attempt to guide myself into my twilight years.
Creating my life vision.
I used the following steps as a guideline to craft my future dreams.
- Get comfortable. Sit down or lie down in a quiet place free from distractions and noise. Forget about what stresses you and concentrate on peaceful thoughts. Open your mind up to all possibilities. I kicked back in my lounge chair on the back porch gazing at the stars and contemplated my purpose in life.
- Identify what matters most in your life. Come up with 5 or 6 areas of your life that have the most meaning to you. These things should be what gives your life meaning. They should be things that if you envisioned the perfect “you” would be the most fulfilling. Be creative and give it some deep thought. Some of the categories I came up with were: health, time, retirement and finances, happiness, travel, family, and work.
- Create your vison statement. I mulled over each category in my mind and crafted a vision for each, using 10 years, 5 years, and this year as my time horizons. Although they don’t necessarily have to be written down, it helps to keep them fresh in your mind. I chose to keep them inside, close to my heart, so I engrained them into my mind. As I created my future dreams, I asked myself several questions including “what do I what for my life and why?” and “will this give my life more meaning?” I envisioned what each aspect of my life would look like if I fulfilled my visions. Over the course of the next several days, if you couldn’t tell I had extra time on my hands, I recalled these “dreams” in my mind several times to permanently etch them into the tissue of my brain.
Without a vision, the people perish. – Unknown
Why do we need a life vision?
We need a vision for our life to guide us in our pursuits of happiness, fulfillment, and success. It is often said “If you don’t know where you’re going, you’ll likely end up somewhere else.” Explore your passions and talents. There might be something that you used to enjoy but haven’t participated in the last few years. We are only given a fixed time on this earth so lets make sure we are making the best of it. Leave life with no regrets or unfulfilled dreams.