See it, feel it, create it, share it…. milk it!
The first step to getting anything you want in life is to get clear about what it is you want. Simple, yes? But do we always do it? No. A lot of our day is spent worrying about what we don’t want or focussing on the results we don’t want. By creating a clear picture of what you DO want and keeping it close by, you will be able to spend more time move toward it rather than away from it. Pretty simple!
Sadly many people adopt the ‘pin the tail on the donkey method’ of approaching what they want in life. They have a vague notion of what they want – not a clear picture. They are figuratively blindfolded as they then set about in all directions hoping it’s going to get them closer to their target. It’s a costly and ‘round about’ way to getting what you want in life.
Every successful program of action starts with a plan – YOUR PLAN – and the clearer your plan, the easier it’s going to be to hit it.
No matter how busy your life is time set aside to get connected with what you want pays off huge dividends. Seeing your vision everyday will inspire you and give you the juice you need in the tank on the days when you’re feeling flat, when you’re procrastinating, and when you feel overwhelmed.
Write it, see it, feel it, connect to it and then milk it!
Write your perfect life:
Think about the different areas of your life: what do you want to have happen in each area? Don’t worry about the time frame, or the specifics of how you’re going to get what you want, just think about the various areas of your life and ask yourself, if there was nothing that could stop me, what would life be like for me? Take a pen and paper and write down what comes to mind:
Top tips for getting in the ‘right headspace’ for creating your vision of the future:
- Go to a location that is calm and inspiring
- That place should not be cluttered or have distractions
- Put on some music
- Sit in a comfortable chair
- Shut your eyes and imagine yourself five years from now
- Pretend you’re in a movie.
- If nothing’s coming to mind, ask yourself the 5 Ws: what where when who and why
See it, Feel it, Connect to it:
Vision boards are a powerful way to get you connected with what you want to be, do, have and achieve. A vision board is a kind of visual and verbal articulation of your goals.
You can cut pictures out of magazines, draw, or use your own photos. Digital vision boards have become popular with people wanting to get instant access to inspiration on the run. If you’re really adventurous, you might want to make a movie style vision board and there are programs available online that can do that for you such as http://www.animoto.com
Simple steps to creating a vision board:
- Gather your materials: Poster board or a cork board – doesn’t matter what colour
- A big pile of all different sorts of magazines. You want a big variety so that you have lots of different images. You can scan them in or you can get old magazines from libraries, etc.
- Glue & scissors
Before you cut a single magazine: Make sure you finished the first exercise – getting clear about what you want. You want to know what you’re looking for, what your purpose is in each area, and what would make your life great.
Be Specific. By being as detailed as possible, your subconscious can more easily focus on the goal. Use pictures of yourself in your vision board along with friends and family. Instead of using a generic beach and ocean scene when envisaging a holiday, for example, use an image of the exact location you wish to visit and paste an image of yourself on the scene.
Don’t worry about how. If you spend energy trying to work out how you’re going to get what you want your practical left brain will constantly throw up excuses such as, “Well how are you going to get a million dollars?” or “Where will you meet your ideal partner?” In this exercise, you just want to listen to your heart, and to the right side of the brain, the creative side, and just believe.
Accessibility. Ensure your vision board is somewhere where it will be seen regularly. If you prefer the traditional card style (A3 size works well – you can get good quality card stock from craft shops) stick it somewhere where it will be seen at least a couple of times a day. Not just glimpsed at but somewhere where you can spend a good few minutes putting energy into envisaging the images on your board as if they were real life happening to you right now. Your bathroom might be an option – perhaps behind the vanity mirror. Laminate them first to protect them from moisture. Create a mini-version by scanning it in to your computer, resizing it and printing out an A5 version to carry around in your diary. If you spend a lot of time at your computer, consider saving your PowerPoint vision board as your screensaver (using the My Pictures Slideshow option) so that you’re regularly focusing on it. If you use vision board software, it can be accessed on your mobile device and you’ll be instantly inspired.
Tell a friend. Only a small percentage of people set goals for themselves. Creating a vision board helps clarify those goals. Sharing your vision board with a friend will help cement those goals and keep you on track to achieve your vision. Don’t share your vision board with someone who does not understand how they work – they may put doubts in your head. As an example, they might point at a photo of you flying a plane and say, “You’re never going to get your pilot’s licence, you’re scared of flying.” But getting a pilot’s licence is your ultimate goal in conquering your fear of flying. Or they might try and be practical by saying, “You can’t have a Balinese style hut in the Alps, that’s impossible.” Against the odds, there are sub-tropical gardens on an estate in England – a climate not know for jungle plants! Nothing is impossible. Across Europe, far from the coast, there exist enclosed beaches complete with sand and waves – they exist because someone had a vision. Share your vision board with friends that you know will be supportive and encouraging, and perhaps even look out for opportunities for you. If they know your dream job is a travel presenter for example, the will more likely to let you know of any contacts or chances they hear about.
Be Comprehensive. The mind works on exclusion as well as inclusion so it’s important to cover all aspects of your life – friendship, money, career, family, health, location. If you put too much emphasis on only one area or even if you neglect only one area it will create an imbalance. A vision board focused solely on wealth may well bring riches but possibly at the expense of health and happiness.
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