Recently, I've devoted considerable time to pondering my life vision, or more candidly, contemplating an upgrade to it. A life vision is essentially a glimpse into how you envision your life unfolding in the coming years – think 5, 10, or even 20 years ahead. Now, you might gasp at the idea, exclaiming, 'I can't fathom where I want to be next week, let alone in two decades!' However, crafting a life vision necessitates looking that far into the future; it's about determining where you ultimately want to arrive. Without a clear idea of how you want your life to unfold over the next 10, 15, or 20 years, how can you gauge whether each day is propelling you closer or further away from that vision?
Consider the analogy of driving without a destination in mind. When we hop into a car, we typically have a specific location or at least a general direction in mind. This is the essence of a life vision – establishing a destination or direction. If you're uncertain about your destination and what success entails for you, how will you recognize it when you arrive?
Often, in our late teens and early twenties, we find ourselves caught up in the motions of life. We do what seems necessary, conforming to societal expectations and following the paths laid out for us. We attend college, secure a job, progress in our careers, possibly find a life partner, save money, and contemplate homeownership. It's a busy, relentless cycle, much like worker bees tirelessly focused on their tasks, heads down, forging ahead without looking up.
Developing a life vision provides focus and direction, offering clarity on whether the choices we make daily align with our long-term vision. It's a rare occurrence for us to allocate time for introspection. Life keeps us so occupied that we often neglect to lift our heads, peer into the future, and ask ourselves, 'How do I want my life to look in 20 years?' It's time to hit the brakes, step out of the chaos for a few hours, and contemplate the grander picture. Pose questions such as 'What steps do I need to take to manifest my vision?' The passage of time is inevitable, so why not steer yourself toward a destination that brings you joy?
Challenge yourself to think big, bold, and even outrageous. People tend to overestimate what they can achieve in a year but significantly underestimate what's possible in five or ten years. Define what success looks like for you and establish a clear timeframe. It's a straightforward yet incredibly potent motivational tool. Allow yourself the freedom to dream big and envision a life that would leave you floating on air. Your future self will thank you for the effort you invest in shaping a life aligned with your aspirations.