This article will walk you through seven simple tips on creating a clear vision for your life. Having a well thought-out vision for your life is a critical component for aiding you towards achieving your dreams, aspirations and what fulfills you. You can quickly skim all the 7 tips on the table of contents below and then click on any tip to read further details. Please enjoy reading. Thank you.
1. Why you should have a vision for your life
A clear vision for one’s life answers questions such as – Where do you want to be in the future? What do you want to accomplish? What is the destination that you want to arrive at? How does the destination look like? Why do you want to get there? When do you want to get there?
A clear vision points you to exactly what you want to be in life.
Knowing your destination will keep you traveling on the right road, even if you go off track or get lost you will be able to reset and get back on track. The long-term vision for your life should be motivating and inspiring. A great vision gets you excited when you think about it. Write it down and describe in detail what the vision is and what you want to happen.
2. Ingredients for a good vision
A critical ingredient for a strong vision is to know exactly what you are willing to do to achieve your vision and also knowing what you will not do. Both sides of the coin are equally important in determining how successful you will become. Clarity helps you eliminate those things and activities that don’t add value to your vision. A clear vision for success enables you to draw inward and tap into your resources, skills and abilities and also to work with others to propel you forward on your success journey.
It keeps you focused.
3. The value of a clear destination
In the absence of a clear destination one simply wanders about and is blown by the wind from one point to another. When you encounter challenges and setbacks, your vision will keep you going. A powerful vision translates to passion which gives you great gusto and intensity in the actions that you take. It gives more meaning, enjoyment, pleasure and satisfaction to life. In short it increases your appetite for life.
Imagining a better brighter future helps to invigorate and inspire you and keeps you motivated even when things are tough. You can inspire others by having a strong vision and clearly articulating it. A hallmark of strong leaders is their vision, they know what they specifically want to achieve.
They are focused and work with other people to make their vision a reality.
4. Importance of having a vision
A clear vision of what you want helps you to see opportunities and possibilities around you. It guides you in figuring out what you want to do and what actions and activities you need to do to accomplish your objective. Vision helps you take inventory of your strengths and weaknesses. It helps to identify your characteristics and abilities that are advantageous to achieving your vision.
Having a clear vision can also point to traits that can hinder your vision such as impatience and short term thinking. Delaying gratification is important to enable you reap the long term rewards of your vision.
5. Keeping your vision alive
Motivate yourself by seeking inspiration from other people who had visions for their life and worked towards successfully achieving their vision. Constantly remind yourself of your vision and take it a step further by visualizing it. Visualizing success is the act of first seeing a clear picture in your mind of what you want to accomplish then going out to make it happen.
Imagine yourself as an architect drawing the blueprints for a building or a fashion designer sketching an outfit. The blueprints and the sketch guide the production process and you refer to them from time to time as you construct the finished product.
6. Developing a vision board
Battles are first won or lost in the mind. When you picture yourself as having succeeded you are one step ahead. See yourself beyond where you are right now. Create a visual portfolio or a vision board where you put images, photos, drawings, videos, quotes, newspaper clippings and other visual elements which show the kind of future that you want. Look at these images on a daily basis and let them sink deep in your mind.
Soak in the details of the images. Let them quench your dream thirst. Each morning when you wake up, look at the images and likewise look at them at night just before you sleep. Your vision should be at the top of your mind every morning. Reflect and concentrate on the mental images as well as you sleep and over time you should be able to clearly see the image with your eyes closed. Your visual portfolio or vision board can be hard copy or electronic.
Take a photo of your vision board and you can even print a copy to keep in your purse or wallet. There is something powerful about seeing how the end goal looks like. A magical driving force! Feel it, taste it and immerse yourself into it then take action to achieve it and bring it to reality. Visualize and mentally prepare. Connect with your vision and let it motivate you.
7. Quotes on creating a vision for your life
Below are a few inspiring quotes on the importance of creating a vision for your life. Have a vision. It is the ability to see the invisible. If you can see the invisible, you can achieve the impossible. ― Shiv Khera Vision is the art of seeing what is invisible to others. ― Jonathan Swift
You need to aim beyond what you are capable of. You must develop a complete disregard for where your abilities end. Try to do things that you’re incapable of… If you think you’re incapable of running a company, make that your aim… Make your vision of where you want to be a reality. Nothing is impossible. ―Paul Arden
A dream is your creative vision for your life in the future. You must break out of your current comfort zone and become comfortable with the unfamiliar and the unknown. ― Denis Waitley
You’ve got to think about big things while you’re doing small things, so that all the small things go in the right direction. ― Alvin Toffler
A vision is not just a picture of what could be; it is an appeal to our better selves, a call to become something more. ― Rosabeth Moss Kanter