If you want to make choices that bring you closer to your goals, it’s essential that you are clear about exactly what you want. Find out why setting a clear, ambitious vision is the first and most important step to achieving the success you want.
Over the past few weeks we’ve shared a series of articles by Katie Phillips from Daring & Mighty revealing the secrets to making more intuitive decisions in your life and work. And this week she explains how setting your vision is vital if you want to get what you want.
Discover the power of visioning
Having a clear vision has long been recognised as a vital key to reaching success. After all, how can you make decisions that get you what you want if you’re not sure what it is?
And in order to understand your vision, you need to look inside yourself at your dreams. As the psychiatrist Carl Jung said:
Your vision will become clear only when you can look into your own heart.
And entrepreneur and personal and professional development trainer Brian Tracy:
All successful people men and women are big dreamers. They imagine what their future could be, ideal in every respect, and then they work every day toward their distant vision, that goal or purpose.
Don’t be afraid to dream big
Visioning or creating a life vision is such an exciting and invigorating exercise. It’s your chance to dream big and ask yourself: ‘What it is that I truly desire?’
But the problem for many of us is that we are afraid to dream. Why? Because we are scared that we may not realise those dreams. But what can really be lost in the dreaming?
I would suggest that taking time to write down your deepest desires, unfettered by what you perceive as your circumstances or limitations, is the first and most important step in actually manifesting your vision.
What is it that you really desire?
So what is it that you really want? Is it simply to save a deposit? Pay off the mortgage? Or is it to have a pad in four cities?
It’s a fine balance between what might be a realistic dream for you and what might seem totally pie-in-the-sky right now, but for the purposes of this exercise let’s throw caution to the wind and ask yourself what it is that you truly desire.
After all, as you begin to see manifesting at work in your life you will realise that the only real limitations we have are those we place on ourselves.
Be specific in your vision
I like to practise my visioning exercises through journaling, writing down a vision of how I would like my life to be. I do this in the present tense as if the vision has already manifested. So rather than writing: ‘I want…’ or ‘I wish for…’ I write: ‘I am so happy and grateful now that …’ and write as if the vision has already come true.
To get started, ask yourself: What does my work look like? What does my bank account look like? It’s important to get really specific about this. Not just ‘a house in LA’, for example, but ‘a white house with lots of natural light and a long drive with tall trees. A ginger cat… I only work 6 hour days, I do yoga in the mornings, my partner is…etc etc etc. I have this hobby, we holiday at…’. You get the idea!
The more specific you can be about your vision, the greater clarity you will have about what you want to achieve, and the more you will create the feelings that you want to feel in having this lifestyle.
It is the feeling more than the thought that creates the form as that is where the energy of your spirit is, so be as specific as you can.
Create a Vision Board
Another powerful tool for visioning is to create a Vision Board. Get happy with a pile of magazines and some scissors and cut out pictures that reflect your desires and paste them onto a board.
Then you can hang the board on your fridge or in your bedroom or study as a reminder of where you are headed and as a great visual way to evoke positive feelings.
Start refining and realising your dreams!
Dreams and plans don’t fail, they are either realised or simply refined over time. Visioning is an empowering exercise and is really important in creating the successful life that you love.
So listen to your spirit, clarify your vision and make decisions that bring you closer to your goals and allow your miraculous life to unfold – just as you wanted!
Katie Phillips is the founder of Daring & Mighty, an organisation committed to sharing the importance of having a healthy, loving and conscious relationship with yourself.Katie Phillips