Liz Dennery Sanders
Luminary Circle founding member and former chair of the Los Angeles Board of Directors Liz Dennery Sanders offers Step Up members insight each month into key steps to success.
It’s the time of year when many feel inclined to make their resolutions for the New Year. I’m not a big fan of writing out a long list of resolutions on December 31st, only to feel deflated by the end of January when most of them have fallen victim to more pressing matters.
I have, however, found that having a life vision is what propels me forward and serves as a constant reminder of what I want my life to look like. I have also found that success and personal fulfillment come from living and working in harmony with my purpose in life.
If you haven’t done it already, spend some time thinking about what you want your life to look like a year from now. Write it out as a simple visualization dated January 5, 2012. It should be in the present tense, as if it is happening right now (or happened in the past). The more descriptive the better – how do you FEEL one year from today? Ask yourself the following questions:
- Where do you want to be exactly one year from today?
- What adventures have you experienced?
- Who are your co-pilots?
- What passions have you pursued?
- What have you accomplished?
- What are the most important goals you have achieved in one year’s time?
- What does success feel like?
- What is your dream scenario?
Remember, no dream is too big or outrageous. Give yourself permission to envision exactly what it is that you really want – even if it feels a little scary or even impossible. Nothing is impossible. But you have to set the intention first, and then believe that it can happen.
Even if your conscious mind has a hard time wrapping itself around your vision, your even more powerful subconscious mind will be set in motion. A well-written life vision turns your desire for success into an intention. And once you have the intention to succeed, providence moves and you will find doors opening in unexpected places that lead to success and fulfillment. Stretch yourself a little bit out of your comfort zone and put your ideal scene on paper.
Writing out a life vision puts your dreams and desires down into concrete terms. An old proverb says, “If you don’t know where you’re going, any road will take you there.” Every flight needs a flight plan and a destination.
Writing a life vision may also help you connect to your higher purpose for being on this planet in the first place. Our purpose usually involves service of some kind – contributing to and helping others. We have a primary purpose and secondary purpose. Your primary purpose is all about how you are being, every moment of the day. It’s not a matter of doing or having – it’s about how you are being with others, how you treat them and how they remember you.
Your second purpose is your work in the world. This is the work you are here to do – otherwise referred to as your mission, your vocation or your calling. Writing your life vision – how you see yourself and your life one year from today – will enable you to not only live your purpose, but will allow you to live on purpose. Once you have the map, it’s a lot easier to make it to your destination.
©Liz Dennery Sanders 2011
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Liz Dennery Sanders is a dynamic combination of brand strategist, marketing consultant and personal development coach. She is the Founder of SheBrand.com, a global, online business dedicated to helping female entrepreneurs build their confidence, their brands and their bank accounts. You can reach her directly at firstname.lastname@example.org, on Twitter at www.twitter.com/SheBrandLiz or www.shebrand.com.