I am amazed at how many people do not have a vision for their life beyond the next 12 months. I have always considered myself a high achiever however I have learned that often my vision was limited. People entered my life challenging the way I did things and how I thought about the world. People, circumstances and experiences tend to stretch us to new heights. I am grateful for those lessons even though when I was in the midst of some of them I recall saying to myself, “And what did I do to deserve this.?” Now I embrace each situation as an opportunity and I find something to be grateful for in the lesson I am to learn. It is not always easy but it can be very rewarding.
Imagine creating the life of your dreams. How vivid is the picture in front of you? Does it feel like it is fading away beyond your grasp? Pack up the clutter of your mind and send it away. It no longer serves you in achieving what you want. To really create a life of your dreams, you need to have a powerful and detailed vision of what that is. Remember, this vision is not about what you think others want you to be, do or have. This is your dream. Scrap the thoughts of feeling it is impossible or not within in your reach. If you could have the life of your dreams, what would it look like? What are you doing? How do you feel when you think about living this life?
Do you feel a little scared? If so, you are probably stretching into your greatness. When I talk about greatness, it means that you are not only using your skills, talents, abilities, and knowledge base but you are trying new things, becoming more self-aware, and honing your strengths.
If you are not a little scared or uncomfortable, perhaps you are not dreaming big enough? I remember talking with a friend of mine who had just gotten back from a yachting vacation. The first thing I thought was, “Wow! What an incredible experience! I wonder how much that cost?” When I asked our friend a little bit more I learned it was not as significant of an investment as I thought. I simply wasn’t dreaming big enough. Now I have built my bucket list of BIGGER DREAMS.
Maybe you are not like me and have already realized everything you want to achieve but I find many people are blinded by their immediate situations. They only see their immediate situation and find it difficult to look beyond next week. Your today is temporary; it does not define your tomorrow.
Look beyond today. Give yourself something to look forward to. It gives you hope and seeing possibility in the future. When you start making a list of what your most powerful vision would be, you start to putting you plan into motion. You see, it all starts with a decision – the stake in the ground to say – I am claiming this dream for myself. Discover your “why” for wanting your dream. The more emotionally attached you are to your dream, the more motivation you will have to make it happen.
How to start creating your powerful vision:
- Discover what you want your life to look like. (Ask yourself this several times and write it down: What do I want?)
- Make a decision that you will do some research around this dream. (What needs to be done? Who is involved? What is the investment of money, time, and resources?)
- Share your powerful vision with others; they can not help you if they do not know about it.
- Decide to show up in the world the way you need to – to make your vision reality.
- Start taking small action steps toward making your vision come true.
- Revisit your vision every 3- 6 months to ensure that this is something you still want for yourself.
- Celebrate your success along the way. You are getting closer with every action you take.
Creating a powerful vision can be done for other areas of your life as well. Think about what impact creating a powerful vision would do for your relationships, finances, or your business?
Imagine how much more confident you will be. Make the impossible possible. You deserve it – you have everything you need right here and right now. It starts with a decision!
Start by giving yourself the gift of discovering what you want.
Your life depends on it.