Do you resonate with the following statements?
• Life is a journey.
• Life is short and should be enjoyed.
• Life is composed of departments that need to be optimized and balanced.
If you do, it’s probably because you have a certain philosophy toward life that is illustrated in one (or all) of the statements above. And generally, the statement is something that you believe in. These purpose or life statements have been linked to helping you live a longer life, no matter what your age, according to a study in Psychological Science. But do the statements above encompass everything you believe in?
That’s more of what a life vision is about.
I have spent the last several years coaching CEOs and have found that a majority of them spend more time working in (and on) their businesses than they do on their own lives. For most of them, this realization is a huge paradigm shift and frankly, makes some of them feel uncomfortable. Life statements should ultimately reflect both your work life and your personal life.
See if you resonate more with this statement:
• My life is just as important as my company/career and is just as deserving of a clear vision and plan.
When was the last time you took a proverbial step out of your life and looked back in? When was the last time you audited all areas of your life to see how they are tracking against your ideal?
Crafting Your Life Vision
When you begin working on a life vision, you must first realize that your purpose can vary over time (different developmental periods or important life transitions). You need to consider both personal and professional aspects, as well as other important areas such as your values and ideals. It might be difficult to answer the question “What do I really want?” when you haven’t identified what is most important in ALL areas of your life.
Crafting your life vision takes time and some finesse. A life vision is a big picture and has many components that make up what you want your daily life to look like. These “departments” might include: spiritual connection; family and friends; health and wellness; mental, emotional and personal growth; love and relationships; and career, finance and business. Also, don’t forget about things that bring you enjoyment and fun.
Making It Happen
If you don’t have access to a workshop or retreat to work on your life vision and plan, here is a process that you can use to get started on your own:
• Schedule a half-day away from the office in a location that is inspiring and where you will not be interrupted (no phones allowed).
• Take an audit of how you are doing in all your life departments: health and wellness, mental/emotional/personal growth, family and friends, love and relationships, spiritual connection, career/finance/business, and fun.
• Place each of these departments on your timeline.
• Envision your ideal life in each of these departments so you can define what is optimal for you.
• In the departments that are showing the biggest chasm from optimal on your timeline, identify the paradigms that might be holding you back.
The key to stepping into a life built by design is to get clarity on what you really want. Then you can look at where you might be defaulting into old patterns that are against your optimal.
Unlocking the beliefs and paradigms that are holding you back is where the magic happens. Begin with your life vision. You must create new beliefs and install them in order to create a new reality.