Do you have a vision board for your life?
Remember the days when we were asked, "What will you be when you grow up?" My answer was, "a professional musician that creates music for Disney movies." Somehow as we get older (beyond the 5th grade), that question is no longer asked of us. So we forget to create and pursue dreams. We turn into adults who never learned that we could do whatever we set our minds to.
Our dreams seem to be unimportant as we set out to earn a living, get a job, and start a life outside of school. But what if that one question is the most powerful of all? What if you set some time aside to create a vision - the true purpose you were supposed to live. What would that look like? How would you feel if you were living that vision?
What the most successful people in this world do is visualize their ideal future. In 1990, before his name was ever known to the world, Jim Carrey wrote out a 10 million dollar check for himself to be cashed out in five years. He carried this check around in his wallet. In 1995, he made more than 60 million from his box office hits. His vision and positivity helped him realize the dream. What would happen if you wrote down your vision?
So let me ask you now, "What's your vision for your life?" The following is an activity for your to map our your goals in seven areas of your life. If you're committed to this activity, turn off all distractions, sit down, and begin writing down your vision.
Your Financial Vision is one of the most important ones to start building. Answer questions like:
- What does your financial future look like?
- Do you own a home, a boat, or the car of your dreams?
- What does your monthly bank statement say?
The answers you have to these questions should be detailed and specific. You can cut out pictures from a magazine and create a vision board with images of the yard you'll have, the car(s) you'll own, and even the color of the home you'll live in.
There are literally millions of different jobs out there. People are getting paid to do what they love. Scott Mulholland learned to climb walls and makes a living doing repairs and cleaning tall buildings. He gets paid to train SWAT teams to make an entrance by rappelling the exterior and kicking in the windows (like the movies). Phil DeVries grew up loving "all things bugs." Now he teaches people how to find butterflies and is known as "the Butterfly Hunter." What is it that you love to do? There is a way to make a living from it. Answer these questions:
- What do you do on a daily basis?
- Who do you work with/for (do you work for yourself?)
- What income do you generate every month?
- What need are you fulfilling in the world?
This is my favorite section. It's where I get to map out all the activities I LOVE to do. You can even create a vision binder and add pictures of activities you see yourself enjoying in your free time. Put down locations of vacations you'd like to take. What personal hobbies are you pursuing? Who do you spend your free time with?
Physical Body and Health
Visualize your future self. Again, use images to help your mind see what you'd like your body to look like.
- How much do you weigh?
- Are you eating well, exercising daily, or disease free?
- What is your daily regimen to keep your health in check?
The most important area for me personally is my relationships with others. Without positive, loving and supportive relationships with family and friends, all the rest don't matter to me. Is this true for you? As you think about this area, ask yourself the following:
- How is the quality of your relationships with your loved ones?
- How do you spend quality time with those that mean the most to you?
- Who are your closest friends and family?
Visualize how you have grown personally.
- If you are religious, how is your relationship with God?
- Are you attending spiritual retreats or meditating every morning?
- What about your knowledge and skill set? Do you pursue further education?
- Have you picked up a new language or musical instrument?
Community you live in
Think about your local neighborhood.
- Is it thriving?
- Are you connected with the community?
- How are you helping it grow?
- What contributions have you made to make your surroundings a wonderful place to live?
This activity is taken from Jack Canfield's The Success Principles. If you enjoyed this activity and want to continue growing, check out his book. It is full of wonderful exercises and motivational stories that will fuel your personal growth.