How to create a future vision of yourself
Imagine meeting yourself walking along the street in a year’s time. You look confident, content and unruffled. You sense an aura of satisfaction and a new energy that you don’t currently possess. There’s a glint in your eye.
Who is this future person? What do they do, what do they have? What’s changed and gets them out of bed every morning with that glint in their eye?
How do you create a future vision of your self? It can be difficult to do, especially if you’re stuck in the daily grind of your current reality. This simple tool is designed to help you formulate that vision and find your motivating goal.
So, if you were completely free to choose, with all the resources you needed, what would you really like to be doing? Really, really like to be doing?
If you create a future vision, you can reduce the risk that you end up job-hopping in a fruitless but time-consuming loop and becoming stuck, feeling unfulfilled or frustrated, yet firmly in a rut.
Once you have clarity in your vision, creating a plan to get there takes some time, effort and critical thinking, but becomes more straightforward. You’re moving towards something, rather than away from what you no longer want. Something you can anchor your next career move to.
Coaching for a future vision
This is common when I’m coaching. Moving away from something you don’t want is a powerful motivator and can generate considerable momentum. However, it’s not directional and many change roles to find out they’ve jumped out of the frying pan and into the fire. Without knowing where you’re headed, relying on ‘moving away’ remains a high-risk strategy.
The alternative is to move towards something in a controlled fashion. This requires a clear vision of what you’re moving towards. It also creates a powerful set of positive motivators, enabling you to channel your job search in a certain direction.
Using a simple tool like the Be/Do/Have exercise can help create a richer visualization of your future state. This technique helps you populate your life vision with tangible items such as salary, work-life balance, time commitments, family, friends and pets but also with feelings and emotions that you want to experience.
Tip: When completing this exercise, express yourself in the present tense, as though you are currently living the experience.
How to use the Tool
Cast your mind ahead one year. You’re happy and fulfilled, so describe this future vision of yourself by asking these questions
- What AM I in a year’s time?
- What do I DO in a year’s time?
- What do I HAVE in a year’s time?
Make the vision of your future self as rich and meaningful as possible. Capture these things on the worksheet.
Now fast forward three or five years into the future and repeat the exercise, capturing the BE/DO/HAVE on the worksheet.
Examine what you’ve written. What insights can you draw from this? How realistic is the vision? Is it inspiring and, even if difficult, how achievable is it?
It’s likely you’ve created what’s known as a Big, Hairy, Audacious, Goal – one that requires breaking down into manageable chunks but speaks to your core motivations and meaning.
What’s the first obvious step towards your vision? How are you going to get it done? When are you going to do it?
I help people take that first step to achieve their vision daily, can I help you too?