The process of strategic planning starts by creating a vision of the future. In the case of personal strategic planning, that means a vision for the life you want to live in the future.
Let’s say you began visualising your future life right now. How would you go about it? Would you take a look at where you are today and try to imagine something that is a little better? If so, then I believe you are going about it the wrong way.
I believe the process for creating a vision for your life should begin with a blank canvas. Then, start imagining the best possible life that you could lead…..your ideal life. Imagine what your life would look like if you were truly happy. Imagine what it would look like if you were the healthiest you have ever been. Imagine what your life would look like if your financial position was thriving. Imagine how would you feel.
As this picture starts to take shape, think about the people you will be spending time with and the activities you will be doing. What will you do for fun? How much time will you be spending in your business or career, compared to the other things in life that are important to you? Where will you be living? What kind of car will you be driving? Where in the world will you travel to?
Take some time to think about these questions and more. Collect your thoughts by writing them down in one central place.
I have found over the years that once you begin this process of thinking about your ideal life, your vision will begin to take shape over time. So it is best to keep your thoughts documented in a single, easily accessible place. In this day and age that may mean an electronic document in the cloud. Be prepared for thoughts about your ideal life to come to you at random times and in all places. Capture these thoughts when they occur and continue to build more clarity and depth to your vision.
I would encourage you to spare some time to regularly reflect on your vision and pay attention to the feeling that it creates inside you. Do you feel excited, motivated or even inspired?
This vision that you create for yourself should be extraordinary. Don’t settle for something that is just a little better than where you are today. Your vision for your life needs to be inspiring, because you will need to draw on this motivation to drive you to take the action that is necessary, in order to turn your vision into your future reality.