It seems only appropriate that 2020 is a year of vision. Even if you’re not a big thinker but more of a detailed person, it is important to have a vision for your life. Otherwise, life just seems to happen TO us.
Creating a vision can include every aspect of your life — health, wealth, relationships, career, spirituality and fun. What would your ideal life look like?
I recommend to all my clients that they create, in writing, a vision in each of these areas that would be their ideal. Then, you break down these areas into actions you can take in each area to close the gap between where you are and where you want to be.
If you’re looking at leaving a job, for example, what do you need to do to prepare for that? Do you need to save more money? Pay off debt? Start to put the pieces together of what a business might look like for you? Hire a business coach or mentor to gain some clarity and make sure you’re not overlooking anything? Read others’ success stories? Choose a date that you will definitely leave your job by?
And along with the answers to those questions, can you envision yourself being self-employed? What would that feel like? What would your new working environment look like? Can you begin to see yourself as the president of your own company? What would your days look like? How would you love to spend your time and get paid for that?
Visualizing your future as if it’s already happening is a great way to get prepared for a major change, no matter what part of your life you wish that change to be in. Professional athletes do this all the time. They envision what they want to accomplish before they actually do it.
Our brain is a very powerful ally, and the beauty of it is it can’t tell much difference in envisioning something vs. actually doing it. Do you know that people who sit on the couch and visualize lifting weights get 80% of the benefit they would get at the gym actually lifting those weights? That’s pretty amazing.
If you are struggling with the fear of making a change in your life, just start visualizing, on a daily basis, for a few minutes at a time, that you have already made that change. Get into how that feels, and before you know it your dreams will begin to come true. This one simple process will help you feel less fear and reduce the amount of time it takes to achieve your dreams.
So what does your ideal 2020 look like? Do you wish to be healthier, wealthier, have more freedom and independence, have more flexibility, be able to spend more time with the people you care about, have a deeper spiritual practice, and have more fun in your life? These are just some things to think about. And you don’t need to work on all these areas at once. Pick one — like escaping from your corporate job — and see yourself each day having already escaped. I promise it will bring you closer to your dream if you just spend a few minutes each day imaging that you’ve already done it.