How to Clarify Your Personal Vision!
You’ve probably heard that you can only get where you want to be if you know where you’re going. This pithy statement is as true now as the first time it was said. So how do you come to know where you’re going, so you can get where you want to be? When I was learning land navigation in the Marine Corps it was with a map and compass. In life, it’s with vision.
To start with, goals are crucial. When we set goals, what we’re really trying to do is to bring each piece of our lives in line with our overall vision for our lives. Using a powerful vision-setting process can help you set more effective goals since you can chart a course that will take you, step by step, toward your vision.
Vision can be defined as ‘a picture of your preferred future.’ Do you have a vision for each segment of your life? Have you defined your preferred future in every area of your life? Do you know where you’re headed spiritually, socially, relationally, physically, financially, and more?
Use this process to help you clarify a vision that works for you:
1. Write down your vision for a particular aspect of your life. Write a couple of paragraphs describing your preferred future. Be as descriptive as you can be, while maintaining clarity. There’s no right or wrong. In fact, you probably won’t precisely articulate your dreams the very first time you try the exercise. A reasonable guess is a good place to start.
In writing your vision, avoid focusing on what you don’t want, because this will only bring about more of that. Turn your back on negativity and focus on what you do want to bring about.
For example, if you want more free time: Avoid wording your statement like: “I don’t want to be so busy anymore.” Instead, envision what it would be like to have the free time you want, and write about what that would be like for you.
Although you may feel challenged when first learning to focus on what you want, it gets easier. Plus, the rewards are great when you can do it consistently. You’ll start to notice that your life is not as hard to change as you originally thought.
2. Visualize. Read your vision statement 2-3 times a day and imagine that aspect of your life matches your vision perfectly. How does your vision make you feel? Are you excited and enthusiastic? Is it appealing to you on all levels? This shouldn’t take more than 60 seconds to do each time.
3. Refine. If you feel really good about your vision, that’s great. If not, now is the time to make some alterations. Continue refining the image of your preferred future; your vision, until doing your visualization feels right. Re-write each new version.
At this point, you may be wondering when this process ever ends. Fortunately, it never ends. Your vision will forever be changing slightly throughout your life, which is good since your desires will also change over time.
4. Review your vision weekly and ensure that it continues to excite you. This will enable the desired changes in your life. In turn, these changes will actually move you towards that vision.
5. Create separate vision statements for all the areas of your life. Consider your finances, relationships, adventure, health, social life, and spirituality. If you can get all these visions to look just the way you want, imagine what your life will look like!
6. Share it and Check it. Sharing your personal vision with a trusted friend or advisor can help to reinforce that vision in your life. Further, if you are a person of faith, be sure to pray through the vision and check that it aligns with Scripture.
Why Spend Time On This Process?
Consider all the things you do every day. Everything you do is either helping you reach your vision or moving you away from that vision.
Clarifying your personal vision is the first step to the life you desire. Tweak your visions as many times as it takes to get it right. Then focus on the experience of living that vision. This gets easier all the time, will become enjoyable in itself.
Don’t hesitate; clarify your personal vision today. Then, review and improve. Your life will change rapidly for the better.
Your friend and coach,