As we head into a New Year this is a great reminder to envision exactly what we desire.
I want to take you beyond simple resolutions. I want to share with you a roadmap to building a vision. And how to make your vision a reality.
When we match action with vision we cannot fail. But it starts with some key foundations…
Find Your Vision
I want you to take some time to reflect on what you want. What you want to let go of. And what you want to build.
Find a quiet space that’s distraction free. That means unplugging that phone. Disconnecting from the internet. Consider going into nature. Whatever it takes.
Bring a journal with you to take notes. Then write down everything you want to let go. And everything you want to build.
As you think about what you want to build, close your eyes. Imagine you have that. What does it feel like? What does it look like? What are you hearing and seeing? What are people saying about you or to you? Lean into your senses as you envision this future reality.
And as you come back to present you, what does that future version of you want to tell you today?
Write that down. It’s important. They may have a message that will help you on your journey.
I encourage you to do this visualization practice for the next week or two. The more we experience what we want to design, the more it will inspire us.
This is one of the best ways I know to jumpstart your vision for the year. By imagining that it’s already here.
In doing so, you get inspired. You start your day excited. And you get ideas on how to make it happen. It allows us to tap into creativity.
Now that we have that vision, let’s make it happen.
The Jumpstart Your Vision Roadmap
Step 1: Set Your Resolutions
Now it’s time to set our resolutions. Your resolutions should align with your vision.
If your vision is to grow your business 200%, consider setting a resolution to grow professionally. If your vision is to be the healthiest and most energized version of yourself, consider setting a resolution around getting more sleep and exercise.
Whatever it is, set one or two resolutions for the year. We want to be focused and intentional. If we set too many goals, we will set ourselves up for failure.
Step 2: Set an Intention or Mantra
I like to also set a general intention for the year. My intention is similar to a theme. It embodies how I want to show up. What I want my journey to be like this year.
Here are some examples:
- I trust the flow of life
- I am love, joy and harmony
- I choose my heart over my head
- I trust myself, I just my intuition
Whatever your phrase is, be sure it’s written in present tense. Make sure it’s aligned with your vision. And make sure you believe it.
Step 3: Set Goals
This is where many of us stop. This is why a very small percentage of people achieve their resolutions and goals. They don’t set specific goals. Without goals, how will we know we have succeeded?
If you look at your vision, what three to five goals would you need to achieve to make it happen? Write those down.
Solid goals include a deadline (i.e. a date). A way to measure the goal (i.e. a number or percentage of growth). And are reasonable to achieve.
As you write out your goals, check that they follow these guidelines. I want you set up for great success!
Step 4: Make a Plan
Many goals are BIG. And that’s why we need to create subgoals and smaller steps along the way. Many people fail to hit their goals because they are so big they are intangible.
So if your goal is to lose 20 pounds, how will you make that happen? Planning this out would include:
- Find a nutritionist to work with to find a healthy diet for me
- Find recipes that work with new diet
- Get new foods for diet, get rid of bad ones
- Join a gym or fitness group to boost my activity levels
- Find an accountability partner with a similar goal
- Set up calendar reminders to track my progress along the way
- Map out rewards and ways to celebrate along the way
You get the idea. Make a plan by breaking each goal down into small, baby steps.
If you follow this roadmap, you can do anything you set your mind to. I promise!
I get it. This can feel overwhelming. It can also help to have a sounding board.
I would love to help you map out your dream vision. If you’d like to chat, drop me a direct message or send me a note at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I would love to hear from you!
Here’s to designing the life of our dreams this year!