An important part of my work with clients is to guide them in the creation of their “prosperity vision”.
What I call “prosperity vision” is the vision of your life, of a prosperous life, a life that makes you feel happy, fulfilled, inspired.
Very often my clients roll their eyes and do not understand the value of this exercise. Honestly, there was a time when I thought the same until I started learning that to create the prosperity I wanted, I needed to change my life and my business. I also learnt that change has to happen first within myself and that I needed to be very clear on what I wanted in my life.
This is where your vision comes into play: a vision guides you in the decisions you make, in how you respond to events and experiences. It is your reference to make sure that how you feel, think and act in every sphere of your life is in line with that vision.
I’ve also noticed that the most accomplished people I know all have a vision for their lives and for how they want to create their prosperity. They seem to know what comes next, like they’ve seen the future.
On the other hand, the people who are stuck and who feel hopeless and just seem like they’re just passing time in life without joy or desires, those people don’t have a vision. In fact, many of them don’t even have long-term goals.
A vision is like your Northern Star that always points to the direction you want to go and helps you get back on track if you take a detour. Or it helps you understand if that vision no longer applies and you need to modify it. Yes because your vision is not set in stone forever. Your vision needs to be revised as you go on in your life to reflect the person you are at different times, at different ages.
Your vision holds the keys to your prosperity, success, happiness and fulfillment in every area of your life. It is a source of extraordinary power and liberation for you. It will help you achieve a new level of control over your life. It provides the framework you need to get from where you are now to where you want to be.
A vision helps you create a life by design with what you want in your life rather than simply experience a series of events you react to. On a side note: you are also the creator of those events in your life whether you are aware of that or not. But this will be the topic of another article or podcast episode.
You may say: But I have goals I want to achieve, so what is the difference between your prosperity vision and long-term goals?
Goals are individual experiences and accomplishments you strive for. A vision is the bigger picture. Your vision is based on your deepest beliefs and values. In your vision you define exactly what you want in every important area of your life, clarify why you want it and outline what you’ll need to do to get it. Your life’s vision defines who you want to be, what you want to be known for and the set of experiences and accomplishments you aim for. Your vision helps define the goals by giving you a framework to evaluate those goals.
Let’s start creating your prosperity vision
It is ok if when you start this exercise your vision is not clear, is blurry or if you don’t know what you want to include in it. Just take your time to create this vision for yourself and go back to it often to refine it, change it, improve it, add details to it.
Here are some guidelines to create your prosperity vision.
First, identify what matters in life. Your answer to “what matters in life” won’t be perfect, and that’s OK. As I already said your vision may – and most probably will – change over time. Let’s say this is version 1.0.
Think of the things you want to do or be, and of the resources needed to support those experiences and accomplishments.
Here are a few questions to help you with this exercise:
- What life do you want to have lived at age 20, 30, 40, 50, 60, 70 and 80?
- What kinds of people do you want to be surrounded by?
- What kind of business or work do I want?
- What are my income sources?
- What do you believe you’re capable of in life?
- What are the greatest things you could accomplish?
- How do you want to feel?
- Where do you want to live?
- When you die, what would you want people to say and remember about you?
Note: Be very detailed in the way you answer these questions. The more detailed you are, the more vivid your vision. The goal is to make it so vivid that when you read it or think of it, you feel you are already living it.
Next, make a list of the categories of things that matter to you.
Here are some of the categories you want to include:
- Health & Fitness — exercise, diet, mindfulness, perspective
- Intellectual life — skills, knowledge, things that interest you
- Character – who you need to become to live the life you desire
- Relationships — curate and cultivate them
- Time — using what time you have meaningfully
- Financial prosperity — what is money, where it comes from, and how wealth is actually created
- Experiences — trips, hobbies, places you want to visit,
- Accomplishments – both personal and professional
- Spiritual life – your deepest beliefs about life, the world, and your place in it.
- Quality of life – how you wish to spend the hours, the days, and the years of your life
Your list can look different. It’s all about what matters to you, and what prosperity means to you.
Now, for each of your categories, write down what you want or need from each. Think about the things you want to accomplish or experience, and work backwards to understand how the other categories should support your life’s vision.
Finally, describe what your ideal life looks like. Creating a vision is a muscle you have to exercise and incredibly fun and rewarding. I just refreshed my life’s vision during a long weekend. It was interesting to see how things have changed in a short period of time and how certain things I wanted in my life no longer apply.
Make sure you describe your vision in your present tense as if you are already living what you are describing. Using the future tense will put your vision in the future: this would make you feel the gap between your current reality and your desired reality, possibly generating a feeling of lack. And we don’t want that.
For your vision to be your Northern Star, your guide towards your destination, it must help you feel as if you are already there. This feeling will help you think the right thoughts, make the right decisions and take the right steps that will take you there.
This exercise alone will be enough for you to see some benefits, as your vision will sit in the back of your mind and you’ll unconsciously work towards it.
However, if you want the best chance of making your prosperity vision become real, you’ll need to go further and build a system for yourself, where you review it regularly, and update your action plan for accomplishing them. Moreover, it’s particularly important that you work on your mindset, changing the beliefs and emotions that may still work against your vision.
To your success and prosperity