In my previous article “Think About Your Future. Build Your Personal Brand” – the more vivid and compelling you can paint your personal vision of your ideal future – the greater your chances of achieving it.
Before you begin filming your video presentations, it is well worth investing the time to create your personal vision first.
Start by applying the following steps.
- Answer the questions outlined in this article “Think About Your Future. Build Your Personal Brand“
- Create a visual representation of your ideal future. Use images and words that “emotionally” appeal to you, that get you excited and get you thinking “What if?”
- Look at your personal vision, and emotionally connect with it every day. 1 to 5 mins is all you need. See yourself stepping into your personal vision. Involve as many senses as possible. Ask yourself: How would you feel? What do you hear? Who is around you?
- Do you see your personal vision in front of you? Or are you actually walking around in it? Either way is fine – do what works best for you. The visualization process should not be a strain. Note: The moment you feel any self-doubt or any negativity stop and rewind your visualization. Run it again, and this time reinforce the visualization with encouraging self-talk. It’s important to acknowledge any self-doubt or negativity. Say, “Thank you self-doubt/negative thought, I appreciate you looking out for me – but you don’t need to anymore!” Continue on with your visualization for as long as you can without distraction or strain
- Get to the stage where you can instantly recall your “Personal Vision”. This way you can access it quickly and all the emotional feel-good fuzzies associated with it. Hold your personal vision (in your minds-eye) in moments of stress, or if you feel flat or uninspired. It’ll help to lift your spirits, get your anchored and back into alignment and focus.
My Own Personal Application
In the past I would cut out images from magazines and create collages for my “personal vision board”, and strategically post these on walls around the home in places where I would see them often. I have found that placement next to a mirror works really well. Even better, try placing your personal vision board opposite your mirror that way you can see yourself and your vision board (in the reflection) together.
The Results – spanning 16 years and counting
These days, major parts of my personal vision have come to fruition. Some of these include having;
- the freedom to travel and live an international lifestyle. Since 2008 I’ve been traveling and living abroad with my husband and partner of 20+ years while running my company STEBIAN.com (11+years) from my laptop. My personal goal while residing in the USA is to explore as many places as I can. So far we have visited 117 places throughout the USA. Since 1997 we have visited 14 countries (a total of 172 places worldwide).
- the freedom to pick and choose my clients – I don’t live to chase the dollar.
- the ability and self-discipline to live a sustainable health and fitness lifestyle with the luxury of having scheduled time for daily meditation, yoga and weight training sessions and personal development retreats.
- Every 90 days my husband and I schedule road trips or take flights away to explore the mighty USA or book weekend adventures.
Yes, I have made a lot of sacrifices, (my stop doing list is extensive) and I’ve overcome many (internal and external) challenges to achieve my personal vision and lifestyle, however, the long-term gains have been so fulfilling and rewarding!
With applied discipline, mental focus, grit, courage and continual personal development you too can create a lifestyle of your dreams – but first you must have a vision!
Keeping it Digital
I recommend that you keep your personal vision digital and portable. For example, all of my screen devices have my vision board set as a screensaver and once I have achieved something off-of my personal vision board I’ll update my vision with a new goal or image.
To keep my thoughts and actions congruent, I frequently look at my personal vision board (peppered with my personal values) and ask myself, “is what I am doing right now moving me closer or further away from my personal vision?” If it’s not I’ll stop doing it immediately.
Life and time are two things we cannot get more of – both are far too precious to squander.
With this in mind, what are you going to do to bring your personal vision to life?