A life vision will help you get more clarity for your future and help you live your life more intentionally. If you’re wanting more out of life creating a vision of the future is a must.
A life vision is what you’d consider your ultimate dream, a vision of life as it should be. Visioning the future and vision mapping will help you create the most fulfilling path to the life you truly want.
You need a vision for all meaningful areas of your life and you need to revisit this vision often. This can take the form of a story, lists, doodles, drawings, photographs, quotes, mind maps or a combination of these in a vision board.
What does visioning mean?
Visioning the future is the process of imagining how the future will look like. Life visioning is used to create a life vision, a vision of the future as you want it. That is, bluntly put, figuring out what do you want out of life.
The visioning process is often used in business for strategic planning. It is a core technique when setting goals and it guide the organisation with a long term sense of direction. Now it’s time to apply it to your life.
Why is future visioning important?
In order to take the right path you first need a destination to get to. When you have no destination any path will do, but spoiler alert, you might not like where you end up!
A life vision serves as a source of hope and inspiration as well as gives you a sense of direction. It helps you decide what path to take when faced with a decision and, as a powerful motivation, propels you forward into action.
Use your life vision to guide you towards your desired future.
Your life vision should be big enough to make you feel uneasy. This is the big dream you want to reach somewhere, some time down the road and those are never clear or easy.
Visioning the future
To create your vision for the future follow the below visioning exercises. If this is your first time creating a vision for your life I suggest you block at least half a day for this visioning session. Find yourself a quiet corner, grab your stationery, your laptop and a cuppa. Let’s get visioning for the future!
1. Define your version of success
Too often we get stuck in the assumptions others have created for us, in what society tells us and the way we were brought up. And sometimes this all aligns with who we are, our values and our dreams … other times it doesn’t.
We all strive to be happy, fulfilled and successful, but success means different things to different people. There’s this underlying consensus that success is having a great job with a generous salary, a house, a family and firing up the BBQ on the weekends. But does this hold true for you?
Take a moment to define your version of success. What does it look and feel like? In your version of success, what do successful people do, how do they think and what do they have? Also what don’t they do, own or believe?
2. Imagine your future self
This visioning exercise takes several forms, some as morbid as imagining the speech at your own funeral, others a bit more heartening like imagining yourself on a rocking chair surrounded by grandkids.
The common goal here is to transport yourself to some time far in the future and think about what kind of person you want to become, what do you want to achieve and how do you want to be known and remembered. This exercise gives you a general feel for how you want your future to play out. You can write this down or supplement it with visual elements like photos, videos, doodles etc.
You don’t need to figure out every detail of your entire life down to the flower arrangements at your funeral. You just need enough of a vision to give you a little more direction.
3. Create a vision for every area of your life
Now let’s dig into the details. Having a vision for every meaningful area of life will help you balance everything that is important to you.
Start with the six categories below to help you get started. You can use the questions below to guide you through.
Feel free to add more categories if that feels right for you. For example, you might want to break up the relationship category into friendships, marriage, parenting and family. Or perhaps, if you’re an entrepreneur, you might want to elaborate further on your career and create a seperate vision for the multiple businesses you’re working on.
- Who do you want to become? How do you want to be remembered?
- What is your home like?
- What do you want to achieve? What do you want more of? How about less of?
- What do you want to own? What do you want to let go of?
- How are you helping others?
HEALTH AND FITNESS
- What are you doing to stay healthy?
- How are you nourishing your mind and body?
- How active are you? Are you fit?
- Who are you surrounded with? Who are your friends?
- Are you close to your family? Do you have kid? Grandkids?
- Are you in a romantic relationship? Who is your partner?
- What is your job? What do you do?
- Are you employed or run your own business?
- How big is your company? Who are you working with?
- How much money do you make?
- What kind of savings and investments do you have?
- Do you own a home? What kind of car do you drive?
- Do you share your wealth? How?
- How do you spend your free time?
- What hobbies do you have?
- How do you spend your vacations?
Is this vision forever?
What you want from life might change over time but since you can’t predict when this changes might happen or how your dreams might change, the best and only place to start with is with what you want right now. Then come back to this exercise whenever you feel a disconnect.
You’ll often find that while your vision changes over the years the core of it remains the same. Perhaps, as a kid, you wanted to become a teacher. Now you might be striving to become a life coach. And in the future your vision could be to become the author of a non fiction book. These might seem like three different careers but the core remains the same, to help and educate others.
I like to revisit my vision on a monthly basis and whenever I feel demotivated or lost. Once per year I’ll go through this exercise again and realign my vision if anything has changed. I’ll also use this chance to update my vision map.
It is important to revisit your vision often. This way you’ll keep it top of mind and actually act on it.