Setting your goals – visioning your future

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Visioning Your Future

I wrote earlier about setting your goals and how important it was to make them time-bound. I also spoke about some practice and using a visioning technique as part of that practice.

What i’d like to do is is to look at where you want to be in 1 year’s visioning the future, your future, by drawing it.  Now I can’t take all the credit here as I came across a great video on Ted by Patti Dobrowolski where she literally gets you to draw your future but most importantly to colour it in. This might sound a bit strange when you think that we are looking at goals but there is a reason for this because if you think about it, my vision for my future in 1 year is pretty SMART in the context of goals.

Specific – in that what i draw will be the future I want
Measurable – I can see in 365 days if I reached it – or during the next 365 days I can see if i need to change anything to give me the best possible opportunity to reach my goal
Attainable – i need to make sure that my vision is something that I can get to – otherwise what is the point to putting it there.  If I want to fly to Mars by the end of 1 year then there are a few things that would stop me – no planned missions, no qualifications as an Astronaut (and more importantly no way in 1 year could I get those qualifications even if I had the opportunity to).  Therefore my goal needs to be attainable.
Relevant – to coin that wonderful lyric “it’s my life!” so of course it’s relevant.  It’s where I want to be in 1 year!
Time-bound – we have a vision that needs to be completed 1 year, or 365 days, or 8760 hours into the future so it’s pretty time-bound.

Visioning, especially by drawing it rather than writing it, is critical.  Our brain finds that it can resonate with a picture, so if you want to have real value then draw it. By having this visual impression of where you want to be you can immediately see what success looks like at a particular time in the future. The vision isn’t a strategic plan, that map of where we want to get to, no a vision is the actual destination. It’s a vivid description of what “success” looks and feels like, What we are able to achieve, and the effect it has on us. The results of practicing visioning for many years have been remarkable on both a professional and personal level. It’s helped us create successes that may not have been possible without the vision. After you have drawn your vision you need to figure out a way for the mind to get you to this vision.  You need to see it, to feel it, to believe it but most important of all you need to develop a plan to build it.

So what are you waiting for, grab a piece of paper, the larger the better, some pens and colours and start to live your future. Next we will look at putting together that strategic plan of how to build it but in the meantime enjoy drawing it.


Draw Your Future – Take Control of Your Life |Patti Dobrowolski

Grab a Pen and a paper and start now.

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Ian’s experience includes developing and implementing business / career / marketing strategies, marketing, business development, digital media, digital content creation, communications, project management, developing business, marketing and digital media strategies and implementation, project development, management and budgeting, resource management, team development and cohesion, training and training distribution methods for clients, staff and stakeholders.

Ian regularly gives papers on Artistic & Creative Entrepreneurship including:

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