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I Can See Clearly

Updated on September 17, 2014

Creating A Vision for Your Life

A vision is about how you want to FEEL and BE. Your vision should be simple for you to clarify because it is so vividly written on your heart and in your mind's eye. You know your vision without someone having to spell it out for you, or without having to write it down to recall it. Here are some guidelines:

  • Make it clear and simple – no more than 4-5 sentences. Keeping your vision brief will allow you to hold it and make it easier to remember.
  • You are creating a map for yourself and where you want to be.
  • Because the purpose of your vision is at stake, you owe it to yourself to get clear about what you really want.
  • Your vision should contain no conditional sentences. It cannot be “I feel happy so then I can do “x” and “y” because then it isn’t a vision. It becomes more about control and less about the goal. The vision statement should be “I feel “x” and “y”.
  • All sentences need to be in present tense.

Having something at stake compels you not to quit because the loss of your vision would cost you too much. Owning the vision for your life will keep you focused on your long-term goal and will help you deny those short-term sacrifices that are so tempting. The greatest cause for failure is giving up what you want long-term, for what you want most in the moment.

  • Your vision will keep you focused on the future rather than reacting to the present situation.
  • Your personal investment is knowing that if you give up on it and quit, you will deny yourself the gift of discovering your full potential.

How do you get started in writing a vision for your life? The easiest way it to simply pull out a pad of paper and start listing all the things you want your life. You can ask the question "What do I want?" Keep asking yourself this question until you run out of things to write on the paper. Then, go through your list and categorize the items eliminating any that aren't really where you want to go. After you have sorted through all your hopes and dreams you will then put them together into a short paragraph. A statement that will keep you connected to what you really want for your life.

Here's an example: "I am financially free, I own my own townhouse and I travel the world. I enjoy my life with my friends and family and I have a supportive and loving relationship with a man. I am a healthy and vibrant woman who enjoys being fit and healthy".

A Vision for your Life is a work in progress. The essence will stay the same throughout your life, but the wording may change slightly.

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Create Your Vision

Ever wonder why your life hasn’t turned out the way you thought it would? Maybe it is because you didn’t have a map to get you to the life you were meant to live. Writing a Vision for Your Life is a great way to give you that map.

Think about the different areas of your life and what you would like to accomplish. What would it mean to you to have the life of your dreams? How would it feel? Imagine you are living that life right now!

Take some time to write down all that you think is possible for you. Write down what you would be doing, where you would be doing it and what is happening around you. Include your friends and family members and anyone else who you want to be part of your life. Make it as full and as descriptive as possible.

One thing to keep in mind is that a vision is an ongoing state; it is never finished and can change over time. Right now you are going to focus on what you see for your life and you can change your vision as you discover new parts of yourself and your life.

When you find all the words to describe the life you want, start putting them into sentences that best describe the outcome you are looking to achieve. Write the sentences in present tense; as if you already have what you are describing. If it is something that you believe you will have to continue working on for some time, write it that way. For instance if you are writing a book you might want to say: “I continue to evolve with my writing and complete three chapters a week”. If you are planning on starting a business then write about the steps you will need to take to accomplish that goal.

At the end you will need to ask yourself the question: Is this really my Vision? You need to own your vision and be connected to it in order to have it become a reality.

Creating a Vision Board

Do you have all that you want in your life or are you still finding your way? Well a good place to start to help you get to where you want to go is to build a vision board. Think of all the things you want to accomplish in your life, the relationships you want to have, the places you want to visit, or the health and body of your dreams. Whatever you want in your life you can create a vision board to help direct and guide you until the vision becomes a reality.

There are many online programs that can help you build a digital vision board, but I still like making my own with pictures and words from magazines on a piece of poster board that I can hang in my office and see every day to remind me of what I want for my life.

A friend of mine has a vision journal. She bought a spiral notebook and filled the pages with her vision for various areas of her life. The great thing about a vision journal is that she can add new pictures and words as she discovers other areas of her life that she wants to focus on and achieve a certain goal. Another friend of mine has a binder with plastic sleeves that she inserts pictures of her goals. She has a section in the back of the binder called “completed” where she moves the sleeve to when her dream/goal has been realized.

Remember that the main focus for creating a vision board should be about what motivates you and what you want to create in your life. If you don’t have a specific goal in mind or you aren’t sure where you want to go with your life, then start by building a vision board that expresses who you are and makes you feel good about yourself. As time goes on you will find new areas of your life that you want to focus on and you can add or build a new vision board for that dream.

Getting started is the easy part. You need a poster board to glue your pictures on which you can find at most stationery stores. You will also need lots of old magazines, a good pair of scissors and a glue stick. Pretty simple! If you want to get creative you can buy stickers, different colored pens or even lace and other items to personalize your vision board.

The purpose of a vision board is to engage the Law of Attraction. In order to focus on your dreams on a regular basis you will want to put the vision board where you can see it every day. This way you can keep your eye on the goals and dreams and you will find that you make choices each day that will lead you to achieve your vision.

What is Your Vision? Share your Thoughts.

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      poetryman6969 4 years ago

      The dream made flesh: I like how you make the vision realizable by manifesting it in various physical forms. We are what we see and do.

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      john 6 years ago

      nice blog well thought out

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      True Blue Tips 7 years ago

      Thanks Money Glitch. I know what you mean about making your relationship an important part of your vision, otherwise there's no one to share you success with and no one to support you through the challenges.

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      True Blue Tips 7 years ago

      Thanks Shazwellyn for reading my hub. I appreciated you feedback.

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      Money Glitch 7 years ago from Texas

      Isn't it wonderful when those goals/dreams/vision manifest in real life. I'll never forget the first time that I accomplished one of the goals on my vision board. Simply awesome!

      It's too bad however that some people forget to place the desires of their relationship within the realm of this vision. Congrats on being selected as one of the HubNuggets Wannabe nominees. Good luck to ya! :)

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      Michelle Simtoco 7 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      Congratulations on your Hubnugget Nomination for the Gender and Relationships Category. To vote for this hub, this is the link please:

      I enjoyed reading your hub as a lot of these things resonate within me. I have also come to see how a lot of the things I've visualized in the past have come to I am very excited for the other things to manifest as well. Wonderful hub!

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      shazwellyn 7 years ago from Great Britain

      Yes, these techniques are similiar to creative visualisation. Some good ideas here :)

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      True Blue Tips 7 years ago

      Duchess OBlunt for reading my hub. Yes, I'm excited about the nomination.

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      Duchess OBlunt 7 years ago

      I like your friends idea of having a binder with pictures inside plastic sleeves. Being able to put them in a "completed" pile would give me great pleasure.

      Good hub

      Congratulations on your HubNugget Nomination.

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      Barry Rutherford 7 years ago from Queensland Australia

      nice enjoyable reading...

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      True Blue Tips 7 years ago

      Thanks for your kind words skye2day. Blessing back to you!

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      skye2day 7 years ago from Rocky Mountains

      True blue tips. I love this hub. You really put your heart into your work. Way to go. This has moved my heart. I believe I was to read this today. Thank You for Blessing me with some great tips true blue. Hugs sister.

      My hub 'ready to fight the fight' lists many affimations from Christ. Hes my numero uno affimation. Without him I am a lost sheep. With Him I can do all things. (-;