So we talked about “Vision for life” in our last blog but what next?
As per definition, vision is long term and overarching purpose in life which one is really passionate about. So next we need to take the vision and break it down to something mid-term and further arrange in sequence or in parallel depending what makes sense and lets call them missions.
Now take these mid-term missions and further break them into immediately action-able goals.
Vision: Retire at age of 60 with financial security, good wealth, with happy and integrated bunch of people called family and friends.
Now this vision is very general and may seems little uninspiring to start with, but it just the beginning and just a statement. We need to work on it to make it more of really vision in life rather then just a statement.
We need to study the gap in realising our vision eventually, using self analysis as well as analysis of circumstance currently we are in. Remember, vision needs to be believed in absolutely and these analysis would help you start believing in your vision since you are acting on your vision firstly, secondly it would show steps to reach your vision at high level and finally makes your subconscious mind aware of something which is important to you and then brain starts its own process of relating things important to vision.
First workout your well-being: Being a 32 year old, most probably one is healthy and free from diseases but whats more important is to work towards a healthier life. Well-being considered here is not just physical but also mental and spiritual.
Second workout Professional Life: Workout the growth in current job, your current skill sets, your organisation’s growth rate, industry you work in currently – all this should give one fair idea for next 5 to 10 years of professional life.
Thirdly workout Relationships: How positive, exciting and joyful your relationships are, consider your relations with your partner, friends and community as all of these would affect you.
Finally workout Financials: Where would your current financial earnings take you, considering standard saving rate, inflation, growth in job and other expenses along the way, just rough estimate (but make these estimate and keep them to compare over period as to compare how accurate you are and adjust future estimates accordingly).
From step 2, something would start getting visible to you like areas you want or need to improve in life like you need to take some courses for professional life or plan to take up studies again part time etc. This would in turn need healthier you so you can work harder which would require you to have a well-being plan. This would also invoke understanding from you relationships, that you would spending time away from them but for better future and its a short term compromise for better long term. So its all related.
Anyways point here to continuously analysis yourself and circumstance and bridge the gap with reasonable action (avoiding analysis paralysis) however small. It might be as small as start reading a book for well-being or related to your professional life or relationships or start saving £10 per week.
Once you have reasonable understanding of yourself and circumstance around you, you start making small project ranging from 6 months to 1 year with multiple task underneath them which are related to each other. May be as simple as have one project for each four vital areas of your life 1. Well-being 2. Relationships 3. Professional life and 4. Financials.
Allocate time to them and divide task as small as weekly tasks and make sure you mark them as complete as you go along every week and make small improvement every time you take incremental action (with each task completed you would build momentum and will to carry on and carry on stronger). It may be as simple as:
First week: 10 mins walk for well-being
Second week: 15 mins walk
Third week: 20 mins walk
Fourth week: 30 mins walk
fifth week: 15 mins jog and 15 mins walk
sixth week: 20 mins jog and 10 mins walk …..
Have tasks which relate to fun and entertainment always as part of over all schema of things so planning is all inclusive like as part of relationship plan holidays together to best places you want to visit and plan them like any other project for example planning for promotion in job or drop 4 kgs of weight. Another example, Make a project like “rejuvenate” under relationships and plan regularly one away weekend each month for 6 next months.
Always check the vision and see if you current action are aligned and leading towards that direction only. Also adjust you actions if the gap seems to be widening or worst case your vision has changed over period but remember vision is purpose of life would not change easily (and you don’t arrive on your vision in one days).
1. Define yourself and your vision
2. Refine yourself towards you vision
3. Align and achieve continuously towards your vision.
A Special Thought:
Your beliefs become your thoughts,
Your thoughts become your words,
Your words become your actions,
Your actions become your habits,
Your habits become your values,
Your values become your destiny.”
― Mahatma Gandhi
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