Do you ever think what your life will be like in 1, 5, 10 years?
From the age of 18, I knew I would live in London one day. I’d turn my passion for writing into a career. I’d be married to Mr Right and we’d share a house with a white picket fence in the heart of Notting Hill with our 2.5 children.
I had no idea how to make it all happen – or even if I had what it takes to make it happen – but I’ve always been one to dream big. What’s that saying again, “If you aim for the moon and fail, you’ll still land between the stars?”
Fast forward 20 years later, and bits of that vision have come true. I’ve created a career around my writing skills and I’m living in Notting Hill… but Mr Right and the white picket fence are nowhere in sight. Yet.
Getting to this point wasn’t easy. It certainly wasn’t quick. It took a lot of hard work, a big dose of perseverance and an unwavering vision of what I wanted my life to be like.
Once you have that vision, it’s simply a matter of taking action and creating the right habits that can get you there, one day at a time.
But what if your vision isn’t clear, if you have no idea what you want your life to look and be like 1 year from now, let alone 10?
I’ve got you covered. This simple exercise will help you get clear about your vision for the future, so you can start taking the right action to get there.
How To Create A Clear Vision For Your Life
We all have different dream for the future. Maybe you want to be a successful author, sell millions of books and have movies made out of them.
Maybe you want to go to medical school, become a doctor and open your private practice so you can help your patients identify the root causes of their diseases instead than just medicating the symptoms.
Maybe you want to start a web design business that allows you to use your artistic and coding skills to make the web a prettier place while travelling around the world.
Whatever your dream, you want to make sure it is YOUR dream before you start taking action.
You don’t want to work for years towards your goal only to realise once you get there that it doesn’t make you happy. So ask yourself these questions before you start visualising:
- Imagine it’s 80 years from now and you’re on your deathbed. What kind of life do you want to have lived, what goals do you want to have accomplished? What would you regret not having done?
- What does success mean to you? Is it travelling the world and experiencing other cultures, writing books that touch people’s lives, getting involved in charity organizations in your local area or getting home in time every evening to have dinner with your partner?
- What are your values? Do you value the freedom of working from everywhere and creating your own schedule everyday or the stability of a steady routine? Are you driven by money or the impact you could make in the world if you achieved financial success? What values (health, compassion, integrity, etc) do you live by?
If that dream of yours doesn’t pass these tests, it wasn’t really your dream. Ditch it, and move on to your real life vision. Life is too short to waste time on things you don’t really want to do.
The Life Vision Exercise
Grab pen and paper (or your laptop, if you prefer) and sit in a quiet place where you won’t be disturbed. Turn off your phone (or put it in another room) so you won’t get distracted by all the notifications.
Ready? Start visualising what you want in every area of your life. Write everything down in your journal:
- What job are you doing?
- What projects are you working on?
- Where are you working from?
- Who are you working with (colleagues, clients, etc)?
- How much money are you making a year?
- Are you in a romantic relationship and, if so, what kind?
- What’s your relationship with your family (parents, siblings, cousins etc) like?
- How many friends do you have and how often do you see them?
- Are you involved in your community and, if so, how?
- How are you helping others?
- What’s your diet like?
- Do you exercise and, if so, how?
- What do you do to stay healthy and fit?
- Are you practicing any form of mindfulness and, if so, what?
- Are you free from disease and illness?
4. Free Time
- What do you do in your free time?
- Who do you spend your free time with?
- What are your hobbies?
- How often are you going on holiday?
- Where are you going on holiday?
5. Personal Life
- Where do you live?
- What does your home look like?
- What’s your spiritual practice like?
- What are you doing to improve yourself as a person?
Write it all down and look at your vision often. It’ll inspire you to take the right action to create your dream life.
Don’t have time to do it now? Click on the image below to download the “Life Vision Worksheet” and start mapping out your dream life:
What If Your Life Vision Changes?
Newsflash: your vision will change.
Remember when I told you there’s no sign of Mr Right and our 2.5 children yet? That’s because marriage and having children isn’t a priority for me at the moment.
Heck, now that I’m older and have had my share of failed relationships, I’m not sure I want to get married at all. And that’s ok.
It’s totally normal to change your mind as you grow older and evolve. You’re not the same person now you were 10 years ago and you won’t stay the same in 10 years either.
But while the details can change, I believe your overall vision does stay the same. I may not be sure I want marriage now, but I certainly want a partner to grow old with.
Your vision, dreams and goals are part of your life purpose, the mission you came on this planet to achieve.
But the way you achieve your purpose, or the order you chase your dreams, can change overtime as you learn valuable lessons and prioritize certain goals over others during different periods of your life.
Don’t worry about getting every detail right. Focus on what you want out of life this very moment and go for it.
10 years from now, when you revisit this list again, you’ll find out you’ve accomplished most of it without even realising it.
Over to you, now. What’s your vision for the future like? Leave a comment and be as specific as possible, so we can support you and encourage you on your journey.