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Define Your Vision for the Future

purpose Sep 29, 2022

Defining a vision of our future and attaining to our own personal "ideal state", one would have to define the future vision components with the optimal or ideal end result in view. Your ideal state is a reflection of your deepest desires and aspirations. It is a representation of who you are at your core, and what you hope to achieve in life. When you define your ideal state, you are discovering your true purpose in life. Documenting your ideal state can help you create a roadmap for correction and improvement. 

Become your own visionary

A vision is a vivid mental image of what you want to achieve in the future. It should be specific enough that you can visualize it, but not so specific that it feels unattainable. Your vision should also be something that you are passionate about; something that inspires you and motivates you to keep working towards your goal. Your vision can help you stay focused on your goals and keep moving forward even when things are tough. And, most importantly, it can remind you why you're doing all this in the first place.

What is your vision for an ideal future? This is a question that we all must ask ourselves at some point in time. For some, the answer is clear and concise. They know exactly what they want and how to get there. Others have a more difficult time formulating their vision. They may have a general idea of what they want, but lack the clarity and direction needed to achieve it.

Regardless of where you fall on the spectrum, it is important to have a defined vision for your future. A vision gives you something to strive for; it gives your life purpose and meaning; and it should also identify what you are willing to sacrifice in order to achieve your ideal future. Without a vision, you are simply going through the motions day-by-day without any real direction or purpose. Or worse, someone else has defined your vision for you and you've simply adopted it as your own.

The process of creating a vision for your future is simple but powerful. First, take some time to reflect on what's important to you and what kind of life you want to live.

How do you go about creating a vision for your future?

Once we attain an understanding of the role we play in the world we can begin to create a vision for our future. This vision should be based upon our values, passions, and talents. By creating a clear picture of what we want our future to look like, we can better direct our steps towards achieving it. Defining the vision of our future is an essential step in our own personal development (emphasis on personal).

Questions to help clarify your vision for the future:

  • What do you want your life to look like? This is a question that you should regularly ask yourself as it will help to keep you focused on what is important to you.
  • What are your goals? This will help you to crystallize your thoughts and make them more concrete.
  • What are your dreams? Dreams tend to be more aspirational so dream big! These may be converted to attainable goals in the future.
  • What kind of person do you want to be? How do you want to be perceived?
  • What do you need to do on a daily basis? What skills do you need to acquire?

Once you have a clearer picture of what you want, you can start mapping out and taking the steps to make it happen. Start by setting small goals that will help you move closer to your ideal state. For example, if you want to be healthier, start by making changes to your diet and exercise routine. If you find that additional support and specialized skills are needed, seek out the assistance of a dietician or personal trainer.

Implementing even small changes can help you to create the life you want. Defining your vision of the future and your personal ideal state is unique to you. Identify your driving passions and what you want out of life. By investing time and honestly assessing where you are currently and where you desire to be, you increase the likelihood of clearly visualizing and defining your future and achieving your ideal state!

 

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