I’m willing to bet that we all have a vision for our future selves, and for what we want to achieve with our businesses. We all have at least a vague idea in our minds of what it is we want to achieve, but how often have you allowed yourself the time to stop and really get clear on that vision?
If you are anything like me, then the answer is probably never.
We get so caught up in the day to day stuff – the social media, the marketing, making our products or delivering our services, that we forget to spend time making sure we are moving forwards towards our vision.
So what is your vision?
Not just for your business, but for your life?
And where does your business fit into that vision?
I wrote last week about why a clear vision is so important, so now here’s a simple 3 step process to not only get crystal clear on your vision, but to really bring it to life. And then how to use this vision to ensure that you are moving towards the life you dream of, rather than getting pulled off track down the diversions and side roads that life presents us with.
1) Get writing
Clear half an hour out of your diary, and set yourself up somewhere quiet with a pen and paper.
Start to think about what you want your dream life to look like, and how your business and your passion and your purpose fit into that. Don’t censor it. Now is not the time for realism and ‘yes but’s. Now is the time for dreaming big and allowing yourself the luxury of actually articulating your hopes and your dreams.
Here are some questions that might help to get your creative juices flowing!
– Where do you want to be in 10 years time? It’s a cliche I know, but take yourself forwards to the year 2027 (eeeek!)
– What does your dream life look like?
– Where is your dream home? Who are you sharing it with (if anyone!)?
– Who are you working with?
– Who are your dream clients/customers?
– How many hours are you working each week?
– What are you doing in your leisure time?
– What are people saying to you about your business?
– How are you feeling when your dream life is a reality?
– What are you put on the planet to do? And how does your vision and your dream life incorporate this?
– What makes you happy? How do these things or people fit into your vision?
– What does success mean to you?
This last question is so important – make sure that your vision, your dream, fits in with your version of success. Too often we can get swept along by societal expectations and definitions of success, that might not actually be what we are aiming for, what we want from our businesses and our lives.
2. Get Drawing
Bear with on this one. I rolled my eyes too when I was asked to do this recently on a training day, but I actually found it really useful.
What we are trying to do is to get the logical, list making side of our brain, to talk to the creative side. We need to engage both sides of our brain to really bring this vision to life.
So could you draw a picture of ‘future you’ and your dream life? Even if it’s just stick people like mine:
It doesn’t need to be beautiful, or accurate, or coloured in. If the whole thing is really making you cringe, then set a timer on your phone and allow yourself two minutes to draw something, anything, that represents your dream life, no matter how crudely or inexpertly.
3. Make it Real
The next step is to create a visual reminder of your vision, something you will look at every day, that will remind you of what you are working towards.
It can be a photo of the picture you created above as a screensaver on your computer; or a vision board version of your drawing made from cut out bits of magazine; or you can pick a single word that represents your vision and print it out and stick it somewhere prominent.
Next time you are flagging, and wondering what the hell you are doing, take a look at your vision. Remind yourself exactly why you are doing what you are doing, of where you are heading. Keep the dream at the forefront of your mind, and your subconscious brain will start working towards that vision too.
The other great way to use your vision, your destination, is to ask yourself the question “Will this (project, blog post, Facebook post, collaboration etc etc) move me closer to my vision?”
If the answer is “No”, then I would suggest that you don’t make it a priority.
If the answer is a resounding “Yes”, then crack on!
It’s a really simple, really effective way, to check back in, and make sure that the work you are doing is moving you in the right direction. In the direction of your dream life, your dream business, and your dream of changing the world 🙂
I’d love to hear about your visions for your future and for your businesses – do share below, or come and join my #MakingGood Facebook group – a community for changemakers and anyone making good stuff happen, and join in the conversation there.