A new year just started and new year resolutions abound! They often sound a bit like this: loose ten pounds, go to the gym, eat healthy, start a savings account. But what if transformed your new year resolutions into a vision of how you want to live your life?
What if instead of a collection of tasks or a to-do list for the new year, e you created a roadmap that showed you what your ideal life would look like?
There’re a number of exercises that you can use to develop this vision.
The perfect day exercise
In this exercise, you walk yourself through what your perfect day would look like, since the moment you wake up until you go to bed. The more detail the better.
I’ve personally found this exercise the most helpful when you do it as a train of thought and just pour whatever comes to mind onto the page.
It doesn’t matter if what you’re writing is miles from your current reality. The goal isn’t to make this happen tomorrow, but rather to have a frame of mind of what it would look like to have that perfect day so that you can begin moving towards it.
Ask guiding questions
This is probably even more helpful. I still haven’t quite sat down to do this, but just the simple act of thinking about this has helped me find a new focus in my day to day live.
What is it? It’s a group of questions that you can ask yourself to help you find new focus and up-level yourself and your work. I have to give full props to Alexandra Covucci for creating this amazing framework of questions.
You can read her full post with guidelines included here. It’s completely worth the visit to her page so go there! I promise you won’t be disappointed.
All of the questions are incredibly deep but this one really resonated with me: “How would she feel getting ready in the morning?”
These tools have helped me find new focus in my life and work but you can’t stop here. Once you’ve created a vision for what you want your life to be like it’s time to take action.
Take your vision and ask yourself: What to I need to do to make this a reality?
My vision for the future is one of freedom and love. The freedom to live life in my own terms. To create a business I love. And surround myself with people that I love and love me back.
To achieve this vision I have committed myself to serving women around the world by helping them market their business. All while learning to be kinder and more honest to the people around me.
It’s a balancing act for sure, and if these were mere resolutions I might give them up. Knowing that they are grounded in a vision of what I want my life to be like makes sure that I’ll stay committed to these goals long after the new year rush has passed.
What is your vision for your life?
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