Creating A Personal Vision

It is a great idea to daydream a lot

Be a dreamer! Activate your creative imagination! That’s what Dr. King did! He embraced a great vision and promoted it to everyone. You are a witness to the power of that.

T A Edison

If you have not already, take the time to create your own personal vision. If you have a business, it’s certainly fine to include it in your personal vision, but I am really talking about your own dreams for your own life.

So what is a vision?

Simply, it’s something you imagine. It doesn’t have to realistic, in fact make it outrageously unrealistic.

Unless you want to share it, you should—but don’t have to, no one will know how outlandish it is anyway. Fundamentally, it is a dream about your future.

I like them to never be reached.

I like them to be updated at least annually and I like them to have a five to ten year horizon. So what you are really doing is designing a path that extends for about five years into the future and then simply vanishes.

Of course, as time goes on and you continue to update your vision, the path we just mentioned will be lengthening. Having one is very empowering, and not having one can leave you felling a bit lost.

So, put yours in place.

How do you create a vision?

You just dream it up! Here’s a good technique for you to use. Go someplace to be quiet and alone. Someplace pretty and peaceful. Pick a point in time about five years from now.

Next imagine things like:

  • Where you are
  • Who is with you
  • What you own
  • What you do
  • The contributions you have made
  • The people who count on you
  • The goals you have reached
  • The smells and colors around you
  • The people you have touched
  • All the lives you have improved
  • And, on and on…
  • Then, add some more…

Make it a story, not a check list. I like to pretend it has, in fact, already happened and I am telling someone what has happened in great detail and with a lot of emotional charge.

Then, the telling would go like this—”let me tell you how I got here…”

An alternative is to simply say, “I have been thinking and this is what I see coming for me.”

Tell this often to yourself and if you are brave enough to your mastermind team. As you do that, the story will get better and better and more real to you. And, that’s exactly what you want.

Remember, I have not asked you to come up with a plan about how to get there! I am only asking you to create a vision for what could happen way out in the future. Feel free to change it all the time, but make it better. After all as time goes on, you will be making progress towards it on the path you have designed.

So, if you are up for the challenge, put yours in place soon.

circa 1871: Thomas Alva Edison (1847 – 1931) American scientist, inventor and industrialist, after spending 5 continuous days and nights perfecting the phonograph, listening through a primitive headphone. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)