When I help people create their vision, I start by asking, What
is it that you ultimately would like to achieve in all the important areas of
Most people do not have a clear vision for their career, their health, their
relationships or other aspects of their lives. The majority say it is a big
challenge even to think the thoughts of what represents their dream situation,
simply because from where they are right now, they do not know how they can
make it happen. They tell themselves it is unrealistic to dream, and let that
prevent them from connecting with their dreams.
I always start by asking people to pretend they get a visit from Aladdins
genie, who says: Your wish is my command. Pretend that you know
it is going to happen and all of a sudden it is much easier to imagine what
you really would like to create in your life.
Children do not need a visit from Aladdins genie in order to identify
what they want, but as grown-ups we find it harder to imagine something without
knowing how to get it. Remember always what Stephen Covey says: Start
with the end in mindfirst!
Some people find their own vision from reading or listening to other peoples
visions, reading biographies of people they admire or participating in mastermind
groups with people who have a clear direction in their lives.
Another powerful way of defining your vision is to look at pictures representing
the important areas of life. Pictures affect us in an emotional way. When you
see a picture that symbolizes or shows exactly what you want, you become crystal
clear about your vision.
A well-selected picture inspires you to think about and feel what it is like
to live your vision. It helps you take daily actions that eventually bring you
to where you want to be.
Let me share with you my own story using a picture. Eight years ago I was diagnosed
with a thyroid dysfunction and was told I had to take a prescription drug for
the rest of my life. As an alternative health care practitioner, I was determined
to get rid of the medicine and be healthy again. After six years of trying everything,
I cut out a picture of a womans upper body, replaced her face with mine
so now it looked like I had a healthy throat again. I wrote, I am one
hundred percent healthy under the picture, and I watched it several times
a day for months.
After five months, I was able to reduce the medicine and eventually quit taking
it. This was more than two years ago; today, I am in perfect health. I am living
proof of what can happen if you become crystal clear about what you envision.
BIRGIT SEMUNDSETH is CEO and Founder of My Masterboard,
a tool that helps networkers envision their goals in a fun and effective way.