Develop a true vision

1. Work Out What’s Important to You

First you need to understand what’s important to you. I suggest that you do this by completing a values exercise. Your values are the things that you believe are important in the way you live and work. Ideally, they determine your priorities, and, deep down, they’re probably the measures you use to tell if your life is turning out the way you want it to. Too often we are living by others values, these could be from your parents, spouse, or even your boss. When the things that you do and the way you behave match your values, life is usually good – you’re satisfied and content. But when these don’t align with your personal values, that’s when things feel… wrong. This can be a real source of unhappiness.

2. Allow Yourself to Dream

How much do you use your imagination? It’s so easy as adults to get stuck on being realistic and to stop dreaming, but dreaming is a key part of creating a vision. Allowing your imagination to flow freely liberates you from the restraints of regular life. Imagination creates a vision for you to see what could be. It allows you to believe in possibilities that would not otherwise exist. It allows you to feel invigorated, alive, optimistic, and enthusiastic. It connects you to a deeper part of yourself. Walt Disney said ‘if you can dream it, you can do it’ I recommend that you try different activities to tap into your imagination, such as: drawing, writing, walking, movies and art appreciation.

3. Craft it

Written visions are more likely to be accomplished than those we just keep in our minds. Writing down your vision lends power and commitment to its accomplishment. Once you have a vision, make sure that it’s clear and concise. Craft it so that it could be shared in just one tweet.

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