A life vision can inspire you to do what you might think is impossible. A compelling future will consistently motivate you on a daily basis. Learn the basics of finding your life vision and using it as an amazing tool.
Have you ever wanted to not get out of bed in the morning? Did you ever go through the day without any energy or excitement? Do you sometimes wonder why you’re at your job or what you’re really meant to do? You might be a student struggling through school. You could be a middle aged man who is tired with his job. You might be a stay at home mom whose children are about to leave the nest and you don’t know what’s next.
This is pretty common and something I see in my personal coaching clients all the time. The lack of motivation can make daily activities feel like a heavy burden. Sometimes not knowing the reason why you’re at your career can be downright depressing. This is where a life vision can really help you out.
What Is A Life Vision?
A life vision is your big picture ideal future. It’s what you absolutely want your daily life to look like. A life vision covers all the different aspects of your life, including your relationships, your health and wellness, your personal growth, your career, your environment and more. It’s the most spectacular outcome that you know you deserve in your life. And if you don’t think you deserve it in your life, it’s a strong enough picture that it will motivate you to deserve it.
How To Create Your Ideal Life Vision
Normally, I work with clients during multiple sessions to create and plan for their life vision. One session goes through a carefully guided journey into discovering your life vision and then another session we build out the foundational plan on how to get there. Following the steps below, you can start to discover your own life vision. If you continue to struggle defining your own amazing life vision, book a time with me and let’s see how I can help you get there.
Read the steps below fully before beginning. You will want to know what to do next without breaking your process to read them. Gather your materials. Have a pen or pencil with a notebook handy. You’ll be writing your compelling future quickly!
Find Your Planning Space
The first step is going to be finding an appropriate space where you won’t be disturbed. If it’s on your home, ideally it’s at a time where nobody else is present. If you can’t manage that, inform everyone you will be personally busy for one to two hours and then find a quiet spot in your house. Think of a walk in closet or even a bathroom where you can close the door. You’ll want enough room to stand and possibly walk or move around. We don’t want to be sitting and stationary. You can’t do your best work when you are slumped in a chair.
Create A Subtle White Noise
I find that white noise can help your brain from changing directions too quickly. If there’s a consistent background noise, your mind will have a better chance at staying on task. If you find yourself beginning to think of other things in life other than planning your life vision, recognize the thought and consciously put it away.
Popular options for white noise can be a bubbling brook, the waves of an ocean or the sounds of rain. You can play this on your mobile phone or smart speaker during your journey. If you are looking for an example, just play the following video while you perform the next steps.
Stand, Close Your Eyes And Breathe
The following breathing exercise will help increase oxygen throughout your body and get your body primed for the amazing work that is ahead of you. Follow these steps:
- Stand up
- Shake your body out. Circle your neck and shake your arms. Give each of your legs a shake. Waken your body up a bit.
- Now, inhale deep through your nostrils as you put your open hands high in the air
- Now, quickly close your hands and pull them down quickly to your shoulders as you exhale out of your nose. You want to be able to listen as the air rushes out.
- That’s one repetition. Do three sets of thirty repetitions. Between each set, rest your hands by your side and take a deep breathe in through your mouth, feeling your lungs open wide. Then exhale all the air out through your nose. Continue the next set.
After this exercise, you might feel a tingling sensation in parts of your body. You might already feel a sensation of euphoria wash over your body. Fantastic, take it all in. You’re about to discover your ideal future.
Close Your Eyes And Visualize
Now come the fun part! You get to finally give yourself everything you ever wanted. How often do you get this opportunity? Don’t waste it. Really dig in and give yourself everything you want. You’ll want to keep your eyes closed. As you begin to visualize different aspects of your life, say what you see, feel, hear out loud. Use your voice to inspire you. Use exciting language. Speak about the colors you see and the sounds you hear. If there are people present in your thoughts, tell yourself what they are saying.
You’ll want to start describing to yourself what your ideal self looks like far into the future. Don’t think short term. Think to yourself what you will be ten years from now. What does your best self look like? What does the world look like around you? What are you doing? You’ll want to describe the major aspects of your life. Remember to keep your eyes closed and tell yourself out loud what you see and hear and smell and taste. You’ll use your thoughts to create a memory so vivid that your mind knows it to be true. Use the following categories and prompts to help guide you.
Your Ideal Finances
- How much money do you have? Give yourself a real amount. Is it a million dollars? 20 million?
- How much money are you making a year? Again, give yourself an amount.
- What have you bought with your financial success? What does your house look like? How many cars do you have? What have you always wanted to get yourself but you now have it.
Your Ideal Career
- What company are you working at? Are you working for yourself? Do you have multiple careers moving in parallel?
- What are you doing in your career? What tasks are exciting to you? Are you doing something creative? Are you managing others?
- Who are your peers? Who are the people that are around you? Are they inspiring you? Are you inspiring them?
Your Ideal Health
- What does your body look like? Are you muscular? Are you lean? How are you exercising?
- What are you eating? What’s your diet like? What foods are you enjoying?
- How do you feel? What’s your energy level like? How are you waking up in the morning?
Your Ideal Recreational Time
- What are you doing during your free time? How much free time do you have to enjoy the extra things in life?
- What hobbies are you working on? What is something you wanted to learn to enjoy but didn’t have the time but now you’ve found all the time you need?
- Where have you traveled? What are your vacations like? Who is there with you?
Your Ideal Relationships
- What is your family like in this amazing future of yours? How often do you see them? Are they close to you?
- How many friends do you have? What are they like? What activities are you doing with them?
- What is your romantic relationship like? Do you have one? Are you married? Children? Or are you happily single and enjoying your own time?
Your Ideal Growth
- How are you improving? What have you learned? What new skills have you obtained?
- What are you doing daily to nourish your mind? Are you reading books? Going to lectures? How are you keeping your thoughts at their peak level?
- What are your new self improvement goals that you are working towards?
Your Ideal Contribution To Others
- What is your community like? What environment are you in? What role do you plan?
- Are you part of any charities? What are you doing in these charities? Are you donating? Are you actively participating?
- How else are you helping others? How else are you empowering those around you?
As you begin to picture each of these aspects in your life, make the image brighter. Make it almost blinding. Increase the volume. Breathe in deep and smell the world around you. This is your future. Lock it in. It’s always been there and now you’ve discovered it. Make it crystal clear.
Write It Down
While the imagery is still vivid in your mind, write it all down. Break it down by category. Absolutely use the same vivid words you used when it described it to yourself. Write down the colors, write down the sounds and images. Get as detailed as you can. This should be pages and pages of your ideal future put to paper.
After writing, take a moment and realize how you feel. If you did this exercise with full though, full energy, full mindfulness, then you must feel pretty great! Now that you’ve written it down, you can revisit it anytime you need.
Recall And Evaluate Your Decisions
Carry your notes with you. Make copies and place them where they’re visible during your day. If you start to feel a little down, redo the exercise with your notes in mind. Go back to your future.
As you go through your day, you’ll need to make decisions. This could be a simple decision like what to eat for lunch or a big decision like what new job to take. As you confront these decisions, evaluate which options pull you to your future. Does eating that cupcake pull you to your ideal health? Does that new job put you on the path to glory? Each decision counts, no matter the size. Now that you have your life vision, you’ll be able to tackle these decisions with a renewed sense of energy and focus.
Where To Go If You Need Help
Are you struggling to define your life vision? Need assistance walking through this exercise? What if you have your life vision but you’re not sure what decisions to make to get you on the path to achieve that level of success? This is where a personal life coach comes in. A life coach, much like an athletic coach, unlocks your potential and guides you to where you want to be by utilizing strategies and accountability. Sounds good? Book a time with me and let’s discuss your life vision and how to get you there.