I have shared before how I love using guiding words to direct my focus in a year. After a while of really thinking about my word (or words as is the case this year) I find I truly absorb the focus into my life, often subconsciously.
Over the years there are other tools I have used to support my vision or goals. I don’t use these all at the same time, but recommend you think about which would suit you and how you go about things.
7 tools to help you live the vision you have for your life
1. Create a vision board
” A vision board is a way to physically represent all that you are working towards – being, feeling, having, doing – in your life. Rather than solely having your goals and dreams in your head or in list form it adds another dimension that can give you clarity.” This is from my post detailing how to create a vision board if this is something you want to do. That’s mine below!
2. Make a list
I love bucket/life lists- I made one for myself at my 40th birthday looking ahead (no deadline) and already checked off a handful of the 40.
You can make a list that supports your goals and vision (ie places to visit, crafts to do with your kids).
You can create a bucket list of ideas for the current season so you know what you want to experience. You can then look at the list when planning some outings and adventures.
3. Write your own manifesto
This is a new one for me, but something i have been playing with for a handful of months. Mine is a work in progress that I hope to share very soon. It is short and simple, but includes the keys to the life I want to live.
An alternative is a mission statement - personal, business or family.
4. Create a mind map
I love mind maps for corralling ideas I have or exploring something further.
I used one when I started dreaming up the simplify your life challenge. I had been jotting down all these ideas and topics to include and they were a mass of random notes. I the. Started mind mapping the ideas under headings and adding them to the map as I reviewed them. From there I had a clear path to lay out for the challenge.
Take time to write and reflect on your life. You can see issues and themes emerge, gain clarity, notice changes you would like to make.
You can journal about what your interests are, your values, what you want to do in this life.
You can journal to enhance a project or goal (anything from a food journal to support weight loss to a journal of stories for your children to pass down to them)
6. Create a project (365 days, 52 weeks, or a set number of targets)
The internet is full of long term projects on blogs and many books arose out of these projects.
Setting out to use her slow cooker for 365 days led to Stephanie O’Dea creating cookbooks on the subject as she achieved what she set out to do and ended up a slow cooker expert.
Elise Blaha loves projects – you can check out her blog to read about 40 pizza recipes, or 40 loaves or 27 different craft materials (among other things).
7. Set resolutions a la Gretchen Rubin and the Happiness Project
Resolutions can be a great way to move forward towards a life you envision. Whether you set a limited number per year or quarter, or create something like Gretchen’s Happiness Project, resolutions give you a focus and direction. The trick is to find the balance between shooting for great change and being realistic.
What ways do you bring your vision to reality? What have you tried in the past?
Find your simple,
If self care is part of your grand plan for this year I hope you will join me for The 30 day self care blueprint in May – you can read all the details here including our offer of “pay what you can” if the cost is an issue for you this year. IN th emeantime we also have a free webinar on “How to let go of expectations and lead a wholehearted life” tomorrow April 17th on our site (with replay available afterwards).
Linking up with Jess for IBOT - head over to check out what a whole bunch of awesome bloggers have written this week.