“Create your future from your future, not your past – Werner Erhad”
This months theme is goal setting and business planning and I chose this topic for December as the end of the year is a great opportunity to review your success of the past twelve months and to put a plan in place not only for the next twelve months but for the longer term. So much can change in a year, so if it’s been that long (or even longer) since you took the time to really think about what you want (that’s if you’ve ever done it all!) then now is the perfect time. I know personally that my circumstances and ambitions have changed dramatically in the past 12 months so I will be taking some time out this month to think about what I would like to achieve in 2014. The vision exercise in this post can go along way to helping you to really get clear on what it is YOU want.
Your vision is a detailed description of the life you want to achieve. It forms the foundation for your commitment to your development & success.
To create a balance successful life your vision needs to include 6 key areas:
Health & fitness
Your mind contains a ‘cybernetic’ system similar to the Sat Nav in your car. For the system to work it simply needs to know where you are and where you want to go. Once you are clear about WHAT you want and keep your focus on it, the HOW will keep showing up just when you need it! Just like when you go to buy a new car and suddenly that same make and colour car is everywhere you look! Once your mind knows what to focus on it will be a heat seeking missile for opportunities!
When completing this exercise just imagine that you are waving a magic wand over your life and creating everything about your life to be perfect and just how YOU would want it to be! Clarity is everything – be absolutely clear about what you want!
The Vision Exercise
“Dream lofty dreams, and as you dream, so shall you become. Your Vision is the promise of what you shall one day be. Your Ideal is the prophecy of what you shall at last unveil.”
– James Allen
Set aside a minimum of 30 minutes to complete this exercise in a comfortable environment where you won’t be disturbed. Print off the worksheet Vision Worksheet
Firstly read through the exercise in full asking your sub-conscious mind to give you images of what your ideal life would look like. Then go through it again filling in the work sheet.
Start by focusing on the financial areas of your life – How much do you earn in a year? How much do you have to spend on yourself each month? How much money do you have in savings & investments?
Imagine what your home looks like, where is it? What is it built from? How is it decorated? What furniture do you have? Walk through your perfect house, filing in all of the details.
Who shares your home with you? Do you have children? Imagine the kind of lifestyle you would like to provide for them. Education? Sporting activities, what are their interests? What will you do to support them?
What car are you driving? What colour is it? What model?
What other possessions and privileges have your finances provided?
What are your ideal relationships like with your family & friends? Who do you share your home with? Do you have children? Imagine the kind of lifestyle you will provide for them, their education, sporting activities, their interests? How often do you spend time with your extended family & friends? What do you do? What is the quality of these relationships? How do you help them?
Focus now on your ideal job or career. Are you employed or self-employed? Where do you work? What do you do? Who do you work with? Who are your clients or customers? What income does this generate?
What do you love to do in your free time? What hobbies? Family activities? Where do you go on holiday? What fun activities do you take part in? Are you part of any clubs or groups?
What is your ideal vision of your body and your health? How often do you exercise? What athletic achievements have you accomplished? What food do you eat? What is your weight and clothes size?
What investment do you give to yourself? Taking training or qualifications? Attending workshops or seminars? Seeking counseling or therapy? Learning to play a musical instrument or learn a foreign language? Do you meditate?
Finally focus on the community you’ve chosen to live in. What does it look like? What activities take place? What charitable work do you do? How often are you helping?
Vision exercise inspired from The Success Principles – Jack Canfield
If you enjoyed this exercise then you might like to come along to one of our events this month as we have a guest speaker talking at each one about Goal Setting you can find out where these are HERE
If there isn’t a BizMums event in your area yet you can also access support online in our BizClub. There will also be lots more Goal setting and Business Planning tools added to the members area of our website which you can get access to from just £8 per month. You can find out more about becoming a BizMums member and all the benefits it can bring you and your business HERE