I find it helpful to look at the various aspects of my life as opposed to the data in my life. My life’s data consists of things like income, number of vacation days, where I live, how long I have been working, etc.
When moving ahead in constructing your vision, ask yourself the following questions to help you to see what is important to you, what you want to carry forward, what you want to leave behind, and what you want to create anew.
Define What’s Working
Take some time to realize those aspects of your life that are working for you now. What brings you joy? What excites you and inspires you to put effort and energy into actions around that part of your life?
- List what is working.
- Describe why it works for you and why it works now.
- Describe how you feel when this part of your life is engaged.
- How important is this part of your life?
- Will this aspect of your life work for you in the future?
- Do you want to take what is working and bring it with you into the future?
Define What is not Working
Take some time to identify those aspects of your life that are not working for you now. What feels like drudgery? What do you put off?
- List those things that you would like to not have in your life.
- Describe why they don’t work for you.
- Is a future life possible without this aspect of your life?
- How important is this piece of your life?
- What effect does this part of your life have on other parts of your life?
- For those parts that are important, create a statement that describes your future life without this negative aspect.
Take your time with this exercise. You may have to contemplate this over several days or even longer. Be aware of how you feel and how you are affected as things happen in your day to day life. Give it a try, play with it, and observe your level of joy and enthusiasm while considering various parts of your life to come.