Get Real about Vision


If you don’t know where you’re going, any road will get you there. – Lewis Carroll

You need your vision to be as clear as if it was real already.

If your dreams had come true and you were making the changes in the world that you want to see, what would your day be like? How would you feel? What would you see? Who would you be talking to? How would other’s realities be different? What would they be saying to you?

eyeThe more real you make your vision, the easier it will be for that vision to become reality. Click to Tweet

Don’t worry, that doesn’t mean you  have to have it all figured out. Take 10 minutes right now to get started. You can always revisit or even radically change your vision. Just going through the process itself will show you how clear (or unclear) you are.

Here’s how:

1. Set Useful Constraints

You are visioning, so you get to dream big! That can be a little overwhelming. What helps? Set useful constraints. The most important ones are time (is this a vision for this year or this decade?) and general topic (a specific project, your career, your relationships, some combination thereof)

2. Put Your Inner Critic Aside

Before you start writing, intentionally ask the part of yourself that tends to critic to step aside. In this first phase, you want to write unfettered and being intentional about it will help. Choose a relaxed space. You can do this work anywhere, but if you are in a space that feels relaxing to you, it may be easier to set aside that inner critic.

3. Prime Yourself

Priming is a psychological phenomenon that when you are exposed to certain experiences you increase sensitivity to similar ones – for example, if you are going to have a baby, walking down the street you’d be more likely to notice parents with young children. In creating your vision, you prime yourself by thinking about past experiences that relate to your vision. What moments have you been proud of that relate to your aim? When have you felt the way that you hope to feel in your vision?

4. Write without Editing

Write as if you were writing about something that was already true. Give yourself a set amount of time to write. Some people find it useful to use an alarm and set it for 10 minutes. Others find that creates anxiety. Choose whatever is going to maximize flow for you, and then go. Remember to keep your inner critic out of it. So, if you get stuck take a deep breath or take a break. Then come back. At this point, don’t worry about inconsistencies or specific language choices. Instead, keep coming back to envisioning the specific sensory experiences you would be having in your vision. What would you see, hear, say and feel?

5. Question

“Is this my real vision?”: Set the draft aside for a few days. Come back to it with fresh eyes and ask yourself, “Is this my real vision?” Does it capture in a detailed way what you wish to create for the time period and topic you’ve chosen? If you wish, share it with trusted others. Be careful though – this really is your vision. If you’re working with a team on a project, you can do the exercise together and then create a combined version. Still make sure to build trust in the group before you share your work. The vision is still tender. Like a newborn, in those first days and weeks, it’s especially fragile.

6. Keep Going!

This isn’t a one-time exercise. Set a rhythm for revisiting your vision, adjusting it and seeing where you are against it. There are typically many pieces that need to fall into place to have your vision become your reality, but get ready to be surprised by how much being clear helps it along!

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