A fresh new year is before us. Sometimes that might feel a little daunting and other times it can be filled with excitement. Which is it for you? Instead of creating New Year’s Resolutions which, let’s admit it, we often don’t follow through on anyway, how about trying a different twist? One of the most effective ways to kick start the year with enthusiasm, engagement and excitement is to establish a clear vision. When was the last time you gave yourself the luxury to dream about what you’d like to create in your life? There’s a saying that “if you don’t know where you’re going, any road will take you there”. Not having a vision is like expecting a GPS to get you to a specific destination without entering the address. You might find some interesting sights along the way but you have no idea where you’re going to end up. So get comfortable and follow the tips below to do a little dreaming!
Creating Your Vision
Focus on What You Want
Describe what you want as clearly as possible. Write in the present tense, as if what you want has already occurred. Describe what it looks like, feels like, sounds like, etc. Catch yourself if you start describing what you don’t want and shift your focus back to what you do want. Our brains are powerful creators and are programmed to go after what we focus on. What you attract into your life will be in alignment with what you give your attention to.
You are a multi-faceted human being with many dimensions to your life. As you describe what you want, be sure to consider the following eight dimensions:
- Business, Job and Career
- Personal and Professional Relationships
- Health and Well-Being
- Fun Time and Recreation
- Personal Development
Establishing Powerful Goals and Actions
Once you have created your vision, the next step is to set specific goals and objectives that will bring that vision into reality. In each of the eight dimensions, write down what needs to happen and by when, in order to reach your desired destination.
Finally, we must break these goals down into action steps. Mark Twain said, “The secret of getting ahead is getting started. The secret of getting started is breaking your complex, overwhelming tasks into small manageable tasks, and then starting on the first one”. Determine the specific next action steps required to meet each of your goals. It can be helpful to think in terms of what steps are necessary to be completed 6 months, 3 months, 1 month and one week from now to get you started.
Following Through on Your Commitment
How do you want to stay true to your commitment to yourself? Telling someone what you plan to do is a proven method to help you stay on course. Just putting it out there and sharing your vision and goals with someone else makes it more real. You might consider telling a family member or friend. If something a bit more formal works for you, perhaps you can team up with someone else who is committed to their own vision and schedule brief check-in calls either daily or weekly to help you both stay on course. Working with a coach can provide you with one-on-one support to help you stay on track and develop strategies to navigate any obstacles that might arise. Whatever method works best for you, be sure to have something in place that will motivate you to accomplish at least one thing per day toward the vision.
To your success!