By Jackie White
This new decade starting with the year 2020 is fodder for all sorts of vision puns and word plays and this blog is no exception! This year of 2020 is screaming the message that it’s time to get clear on what life is about. What your is life is about? This new year is a great opportunity and invitation to craft a vision for not only the new year but also for the new decade!
How do you even start thinking about a vision?
It seems so daunting. Shouldn’t we just worry about throwing down a few goals or resolutions to try to follow? Isn’t that good enough? Nope, it’s because having goals without an overarching vision is like putting random addresses into your GPS and not really knowing where you will end up. We need a vision to guide all that we stand for in life.
It’s a nice thought, but you just don’t have time for this vision thing
Here’s the deal, yes it takes some up front time to craft your personal vision, but ultimately it will be a time saver for the rest of your life. Suddenly, decisions that seemed impossible before will now be easier to determine because your vision will be clear. You won’t be in a constant state of reacting to life’s demands. You will have a compass that will help you balance your life’s journey.
So what’s the big deal with having a vision?
A vision is what you ultimately see your life to be. It is a future state and it is a guiding force. The beauty of having a vision is that it will make managing life easier because all that you do will fall into alignment with your life vision.You may wonder how having a vision will benefit you.
Here are a few key benefits to having a vision:
Decision making will be easier
Life balance will easier to manage
The choices you make will be more meaningful
Life satisfaction will be higher
You will be less inclined to be influenced by others agendas
Goal achievement will be easier
Get off the hamster wheel:
Having a vision will align you to what you have defined to be the principles that guide your life. These guiding principles will strengthen you to live congruently with a foundation of important core values. You will be able to get off that reactionary hamster wheel where you are stressed and are being swayed to make decisions that aren’t necessarily in your best interest. An example of this is to say no when you are being asked to volunteer for something that you do not have time for and the saying no part will be easy because you will see how that activity isn’t aligned to your vision.
Let’s get started:
Quiet Your Mind: This could be called meditation or if you don’t like that idea, then let’s go with taking time to reflect quietly (no phones, no blaring music or kids screaming in the background). Just quietly ask the question in your mind for the Universe to give you insight on what your life vision should be about. Connect with your breath and remain quiet for 3-5 minutes or more if that is helpful. Write down the thoughts or images that come to you. Attach your own personal meaning to those thoughts or images.
Take a Personal Inventory:
Core Values: What are your top 5 core values? These values are your personal code of conduct and what is important to you in life. Click link for a list of core values: www.FindYourSoulShine.com/Resources
Personal Interests: What things do you enjoy doing?
Life Balance Areas: Look across the different life balance areas and see opportunities that may need further focus.
Roles: What roles do you play in other’s lives? How does that define who you are?
Work: What 3 things do you do at work that makes work fulfilling for you?
Consider these important questions:
If your life was ending, what things would you regret not having done?
How do you want to be remembered?
If money wasn’t a factor, how would you spend your time?
What strengths do you have?
What strengths have you heard others say you have?
What areas of opportunity do you have to work on?
Distill your thoughts:
WHY you do what you do: Once you take your personal inventory, write one to two sentences about what you believe your purpose is/how you envision the world with you in it
HOW do you do what you do: Write two to five characteristics or values that makes you unique in the way you will be realizing your purpose
WHAT do you do: Write what you are doing to bring your vision to life
Put it All Together
Now distill what you have uncovered in your personal inventory. Using the following template will help you to succinctly define your vision. Feel free to embellish further if that’s helpful to express the essence of your vision.
Template: My vision is to (what you will do) in order to serve (the group you will serve). In such a way that (the reason why).
Example: My vision is to teach food allergy management in order to serve families with food allergies in such a way that they will feel competent, educated and confident to manage their food allergies.
Congratulations! You are ready to head into this decade with a clearly defined 2020 vision. Your personal goals should support your vision. If you would like help flushing out your goals, click on the link below to get your copy of the DreamChaser Goal Getter Success Guide.
Jackie White has been writing about life and its ups and downs for many years. With a degree in Industrial Psychology and a life-long student of personal development she is intrigued by how each individual chooses to live their life. Jackie feels strongly that truly living your best life is imperative to attaining peace and fulfillment. SoulShine was borne of her desire to inspire and teach others to live their best life. This is her mission and her dream.