There are several steps to consider if you are looking to create a vision for your life and give new meaning to the effort that you put in. Setting an image can give your life new meaning and purpose, and anyone can begin when they are ready to work toward something different. Creating a vision only takes effort and the determination to see it through. Here are several steps to consider for setting a new vision for your life.
1. Define What Your Vision Is
You can choose to work toward a new goal and vision at any moment. But if you are not clear on that vision, you cannot work as effectively to move towards it. The first step in trying to go about creating an image for yourself is to stop and think about what the vision is that you want. Define clearly what you want to see at the end. What will it look like? What does the vision include? What does it represent? Starting with a clear picture is where to begin if you want to create a vision and work forward to achieve that goal over time.
By defining the vision, you give yourself a clearer picture of where you need to invest your time and energy. A clear vision can help you realize what goals you need to set and accomplish to know them thoroughly. The act of trying to define that vision will be where you begin the framework for evaluating your actual goals. What is your vision, and why do you want that vision for your life? Having that clear vision can help you begin mapping out where you might spread your energies to move forward on that path and see that vision become a reality.
When you are looking to define your vision, you might consider what your deep passions and interests are and what are your talents? What do you envision your ideal life looking like? You do not have to set limits here when you seek to define that vision but being flexible can help you be open in that this vision might change over time. It might not be completely set, but it gives you a solid starting point for working toward accomplishing different goals and seeing a newer, better vision for your life fully realized.
2. Write Out A Clear Vision Statement
A starting point for your vision statement as a part of your new effort to create a vision might include time goals. What are your plans for the next five years or ten years? Where do you see yourself in the future? Write this vision statement out in present tense and describe what the best outcome might be for your vision. The vision statement will be the direction you are heading with your effort. What does the final vision look like? Writing out a clear vision statement will help you further realize the potential of seeing this vision become realized in your life.
This vision statement can describe values you hold dear, highlight your strengths, and draw attention to what your vision goals might be. You could choose to focus on the professional goals in the short term or make it more long-term oriented. There is more than one way to approach vision statement creation.
Have you taken the time to identify your strengths? Are there clear values associated with that vision you are working toward seeing realized? What are those values? This can help you to clearly define what your long-term goals might be for your career or life. Looking at this vision statement regularly, and writing it out clearly, can help you stay on track in working to achieve it. The vision statement can be significant for a little reminder so that you don’t get distracted and remain passionate and focused on working toward that vision. This can guide you to continue challenging yourself in new ways to achieve new goals. It is a little bit of a reminder of what you are doing and why you are doing it. Where do you want your attention and effort to flow? The vision statement can help you to guide that attention.
3. Create a Vision Board
Set the goals that you want to prioritize. These might be short goals or more long-term goals. You might choose to have both on your vision board. Assemble the vision board using images that inspire you. What words or images might you use? The pictures and the terms can help you stay motivated by the vision overall in working toward that goal. You might include photos of yourself, places you have been, quotes, different sayings, and postcards; there are various places to source content for your vision board.
You can choose to create one on paper physically or digitally, as there are options for both. Cut and paste images that reflect your vision. Sometimes a picture can say a thousand words, and these images can genuinely help bring the board to life. Give your vision and goals more of a definition by adding images to help spell out what’s important to you and what you want to be working toward with your time and energy. Where do you want to be in life? What experiences are you looking to have? These are common themes that your vision board might address with the images and content gathered to create the vision overall.
A vision board can be whatever you want it to be. It might be only words, or it might be images alone. You can create whatever inspires you and reflects your vision for your life. It does not need to be complicated. Having that vision board can bring many benefits, including helping to make your dreams clearer for you to work toward achieving. It can enhance your productivity, help to provide more clarity and focus and boost your intentions. When you see the vision board, it can remind you of what you are putting in the work for, even on those days that you might not feel like it.
4. Write Down Who You Need to Become to Achieve The Vision
What does the person look like? Who is the person in your vision for your life? What is important to them? What is their life centered around? Why is this the ultimate vision in one or several words? Having a clear picture of who you need to become to reach your vision and dreams will help you define the work that needs to be done to get there. Is the person dedicated? Honest? Successful? Are there skills you need to achieve? Are there hardships you need to solve to reach another level?
Writing down who you need to become to achieve the vision is critical. This is how you can narrow in on what strengths you might want to improve upon. This is a time to reflect on the values that are important to you and the reason for the vision, to begin with. Evaluate your skills and what you might need to improve on to achieve the vision. This is where you can also clearly define small and large goals that will help move you forward to get there.
By focusing on what you need to work on and who you need to become, you will have a more clear picture of the vision for your life and the progress still to be made. How can you focus your time and energy in a direction if you do not have that clear picture or goal for your life? The vision you establish can help you find that meaning and stay on track with progress. Writing down the vision of who you need to become can be as small or broad as you make it—knowing what to include begins with evaluating where you are now and where you need to be closer to realizing that vision for your life.