Do you have a dream? Is there something in your personal life or your career you wish to achieve? It may be a small dream, or it could be a large one. You may want to write a successful novel, buy your dream house, start a family, go to a specific place or win promotion. Sadly, many people give up on their dreams because they can’t see how to make them a reality. Reaching for the stars IS possible – all you need is vision and a plan.
So here are the 5 Steps To Creating A Clearer Vision.
Why Do You Need Vision?
Creating a vision of the life or career you want is an effective way to help you achieve your goal.
Why Do You Need A Plan?
NASA wouldn’t sent its astronauts blasting off into space without a firm mission of where they were going and how they were going to get there. Nor should you. If you were traveling to a strange place, you wouldn’t set off without a map or Sat Nav. It’s the same with reaching your dream destination. While it may sound like a waste of time, personal development experts and those who have achieved success believe that you are more likely to succeed if you have a vision and a plan.
Follow these five steps to help you reach your goal. Think of them like a compass guiding your way.
What Do You Really, Really Want?
Fulfilling your dreams happens by design, not by chance. And deciding what you want in life is the first step towards achieving your hopes and aspirations. A good way to do this is to brainstorm about the things you want out of life and see what you come up with. So ask yourself what you really, really want. Consider all aspects of your life such as family, career, health and personal growth. It may be helpful to ask yourself some specific questions. If you are having trouble thinking of any, here are a few to get you started:
* What really matters to you?
* What do you care about?
* What would make you more happy?
* What’s the number one thing you’d like to accomplish?
* What do you want out of life?
Using Visual Tools
Visual tools can help you plan and achieve your dream life. They help motivate you by putting you in a positive frame of mind. Try some of these techniques:
A Dream Board. This is a visual representation of your goals and is a powerful and fun tool. Create a vivid picture of how you want your life to be like with pictures cut from magazines or catalogs. Tear out any pictures or headlines that inspire you and glue them or pin them on a board. Arrange them in an order that seems right – let your intuition guide you. Now hang it where you can see it every day. Surrounding yourself with images of your desires will create positive thinking and inspire you.
A Dream Journal. Write down your dreams to keep them at the forefront of your mind. Regularly write down what you have done towards realising your goal.
A Mind Map. Instead of photos, draw what your dreams are. Don’t worry about your drawing ability, just keep the images basic but specific to what you want to achieve.
After brainstorming or creating a dream board or dream journal, put your goals in order of priority, putting the most important aspiration first. The next step is to start making them a reality.
Create An Action Plan
Now you know what you want, you need to coordinate your efforts and energy. Dreams don’t come true by magic; you have to make them happen through a practical plan. Make a specific list of actions that will bring your dream to fruition. An effective way to do this is to visualise achieving your goal. Where are you? What are you doing? Then switch back to where you are now. Consider what steps you took to make that life a reality and write them down. Setting goals and resolutions will keep you on the right track. Making a mission statement describing what you want and how you will achieve it is another useful tool. Keep it simple, so that you can remember it and repeat to yourself often or read quickly.
Make A Deadline
Give your top three goals deadlines when you want to achieve them. Create a specific date. Making a deadline keeps you focused and motivated, but be realistic. You don’t want to set a deadline that is too hard to meet.
Now it’s time to blast off. Be prepared to face setbacks and challenges along your journey. But even if you stumble, keep trying and keep visualising and dreaming.
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