Do you have fab ideas and goals, but also a lack of motivation to actually follow through?
Don’t worry…this is a super common issue since it can be tough to stay ambitious in our day-to-day lives. But it doesn’t have to be this way!
Everyone has the power to boost their mood and results by using my #1 productivity secret for how to motivate yourself everyday: creating a life vision for their future.
When you understand and apply the simple, actionable strategies I’m about to show you, you can take control of your procrastination and design a better tomorrow.
Don’t believe me? Well, a Harvard Business Review study proves that visualization can increase motivation as much as 27%!
Which is why this blog covers how to kickstart your daily motivation so you’re always moving towards your goals. We’ll talk about the:
- Power of and science behind visualization
- Steps to create your life vision
- Updates to make to your vision
- Ways to add your vision to your daily routine
- Best tips for staying motivated
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PRODUCTIVITY SECRET: THE POWER OF VISION
Picture this: you wake up in the morning, and instead of hitting snooze 3 times, you’re eager to jump out of bed and tackle the day. You’re not just checking tasks off of a to-do list – you’re on a mission to bring your dreams to life.
This magical mindset shift is precisely what a life vision can do for you!
Okay, but what even is a life vision? Well it’s NOT just some whimsical daydream. Rather, a life vision is a mental map of where you want to be in the future. It’s a crystal clear image of your aspirations, your goals, and the life you’re working to create.
Think of your life vision as a GPS for your ambitions, guiding you through the winding roads of life with unwavering purpose.
The psychological impact of having a concrete vision is profound. Studies show that individuals with a strong sense of purpose tend to be more focused, resilient, and (you guessed it) self-motivated.
“She remembered who she was and the game changed.” – Lalah Deliah
And when you’re more focused, resilient, and self-motivated, being in a productive state of mind comes way more naturally. Since boosting productivity is actually the result, this blog’s focus is on life visions.
A life vision isn’t just a one-time spark, but an eternal flame that keeps your motivation blazing – day in and day out. When the going gets tough – as it inevitably does – your vision acts as a lighthouse, cutting through the stormy seas of doubt and fatigue.
It serves as a potent reminder of the bigger picture, the destination you’re trying to reach, and the incredible awards that await you.
In a world brimming with distractions and endless to-do’s, a life vision is your secret weapon. It’s the North Star that guides your efforts, transforms challenges into stepping stones, and turns ordinary tasks into meaningful acts pushing you towards your dream.
So as we journey deeper, remember this: a life vision isn’t a luxury; it’s the backbone of self-motivation and the #1 secret to boosting productivity.
SCIENCE BEHIND VISUALIZING YOUR FUTURE
Let’s geek out for a moment about the brain’s inner workings and how having a vision turns you into a motivated powerhouse.
When you have a clear and compelling vision for your desired future, your brain naturally interprets it as a goal that’s both achievable and rewarding. I mean, how cool is that? I love it when science does the work for us!
Once you have a captivating vision of your desired future, your brain then releases a delightful cocktail of chemicals. Dopamine, the happiness neurotransmitter, takes center stage.
Often nicknamed as the feel-good chemical, dopamine plays a pivotal role in the brain’s reward system because the surge of feel-good vibes keeps you hooked on your goals and fuels your determination to turn them into reality.
So how does this whole process actually work?
Every time you make progress towards your vision, whether it’s taking a small step or giant leap – your brain automatically goes into celebration mode. That means that it releases a burst of dopamine, which floods you with feelings of satisfaction, accomplishment, and, yup, motivation. It’s kinda like your brain is giving you a high five for getting closer to your dreams.
But having a vision isn’t just about dopamine-fueled moments of victory (even though they rock). It’s about the big picture – the reason you’re slogging through the mundane tasks and pushing your limits.
When you encounter setbacks, your vision acts as your emotional anchor. It reminds you why you started this journey in the first place, rekindling your determination even in the face of hardships.
You can think of dopamine and determination as the dynamic duo that your vision unleashes, making self-motivation not just a fleeting feeling but an ever-present force driving you towards your dreams.
Here’s a real world example to drive the point home:
Think of successful athletes. They’re not just grinding through countless hours of practice for the sake of it! They have a vivid vision of holding that championship trophy, hearing the roar of the crowd, and enjoying the sweet taste of victory.
This vision fuels their training, their discipline, and their unrelenting motivation to keep pushing their boundaries.
“I hated every minute of training, but I said, ‘Don’t quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion.'” – Muhammad Ali
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STEPS TO CREATE A LIFE VISION
I hope you’re getting fired up about the magic of vision! Let’s get to work on creating your personal roadmap and built-in self-motivation.
Now before we dive in, I’d like to remind you that creating your life vision isn’t just a one-and-done deal. It’s a lifelong process that evolves as you grow and change. Know that whatever vision you’re about to create isn’t set in stone, and will adapt alongside you.
So your goal during this process is to go from having vague dreams to a crystal clear vision you can practically taste. Later in this blog, I’ll show you how to update your vision during your journey so it stays clear – but one step at a time!
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And here’s the steps to do just that:
- Reflect and brainstorm
- Incorporate all life domains
- Get detailed
- Define values and goals
- Write it down
REFLECT & BRAINSTORM
Before you start actually designing your vision, you gotta first reflect on what you want in it.
So I strongly encourage you to make some time to take a step back from all the chaos, find a cozy corner, and settle in with your FREE Vision Workbook open. Then, just let your imagination run WILD.
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Close your eyes and envision your ideal future. Imagine what you’re doing, where you’re living, who’s with you – the sights, sounds, and emotions. Let your mind paint a vivid picture of success in all of its glory.
I totally get it if your mind goes blank. The first time I did this, I could hardly think of anything! So consider these questions to spark your imagination:
- What activities make you lose track of time?
- What activities fill you with true excitement?
- If there were no limitations, what would your perfect weekday look like? Weekend?
- What ideas of future achievements make you smile? Future experiences?
- What would make your current life better?
- What would you regret not doing on your deathbed?
Jot down all of your answers and anything else that your mind soars to. Don’t limit your potential! Even if you think it’s totally crazy, note it. Think of this step as a brainstorm and not an, “I do.”
And pretty please, don’t forget to have fun with it!
INCORPORATE ALL LIFE DOMAINS
Now there’s a reason I’ve been calling a vision a life vision: because your brainstorm and vision needs to include every life domain.
We get stuck when we focus on only one part of our lives, and can grow very dissatisfied with anything going well if we’re ignoring the parts that aren’t.
Balance doesn’t have to be a myth – it’s a choice. A holistic life isn’t just a one-dimensional snapshot. So make the commitment right now to live holistically and intentionally. That’s the only way it’ll happen.
That commitment comes in the form of your goals, which we’ll talk about when it’s time. For now, reflect on your future career, relationships, health, personal growth – the whole enchilada! Imagine how these aspects intertwine to create the stepping stones to your ideal life.
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To trigger some reflection, here’s some questions about the life domains I mentioned:
- Career: where do you see yourself professionally in 15 years? 10? 5? 1?
- Relationships: how do you want your connections with family and friends to thrive?
- Health: what does your ideal level of wellbeing look and feel like?
- Personal growth: how do you want to evolve intellectually and emotionally?
Also consider other life domains I haven’t dove into, such as religion, financial health, intellectual health, etc. Point is: be sure to include anything that resonates with you.
Before you finish up your brainstorm, check out the next section!
As you brainstorm and eventually write your vision down, get as detailed as you can.
Detail, my friend, is the vision’s main ingredient.
A vague vision is like a bland meal – it lacks impact. So, add some spice and get into the nitty gritty! Explain your surroundings, feelings, company, clothes, smells, sounds, and anything that can paint an actual picture in your mind.
Why? Because specificity adds color and depth, making your vision more enticing and real. The more you can literally imagine yourself in future you’s shoes, the more your brain perceives your vision and goals as realistic to achieve. And remember: that causes the brain to release dopamine, which is a natural spark for your self-motivation.
“The only thing worse than being blind is having sight but no vision.” – Helen Keller
You need to get detailed in both your brainstorm and later on when you actually write your vision down. When you brainstorm, you can either bullet out your thoughts or free write for a few minutes.
So rather than saying, “I want to be successful,” try, “I see myself speaking on a large stage, inspiring thousands of women like me with my own words and experiences. I don’t feel nervous but just excited and fulfilled. I’m wearing jeans and a purple blazer, have a stand for my notes, and feel comfortable walking around the stage as I talk. The audience is engaged and gives me a standing ovation when I finish.”
Or instead of, “I want financial freedom,” say, “I see myself debt-free, owning a two-story home with a big backyard, and enjoying stress-free vacations with my 4 kids and husband. I can take half-days whenever I want to, buy gifts for those I love constantly, and my kids don’t have to take out loans for school.”
Here’s another example showing how to add some detail: “I see myself waking up every morning at sunrise, eager to dive into my thriving business. I always have time in the morning to workout, walk, and read, and am dedicated to my Workday Startup Ritual.”
Take your time as you finish your brainstorm. Then, when ready, move along to the next step!
DEFINE VALUES & GOALS
Congrats on brainstorming your future! You should be getting excited for what’s to come down the road. If you’re not, keep brainstorming!
I have to point out that your life vision isn’t just about collecting a bunch of aspirations, though. It needs a solid foundation, so it’s got to be rooted in your core values: the things that truly matter to you.
If it’s not, then your vision will fail to spark self-motivation.
Your core values are essentially your standards for what’s important and moral, and for what’s not. They’re your principles – your judgements over what something’s worth.
For instance, some of my core values are:
- Personal growth
Start by pinpointing your own values, whether it’s security, creativity, family, or adventure, and adding them underneath your brainstorm. Remember, these are the guiding principles that shape how you view the world.
“Don’t compromise yourself. You’re all you got.” – Janis Joplin
To get going, think about:
- What aspects of life are non-negotiable for you?
- What do you want your actions and decisions to say about you?
- How do you hope people would describe you at your funeral?
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Next, you gotta tie your goals into your values. How? Start with these steps:
- Review your brainstorm
- Review your core values
- Cross anything off of your brainstorm that doesn’t align with your values
NOTE: When you write down your vision later on, do NOT include anything that’s crossed off of your brainstorm. And moving forward, all of your goals should mesh with your values well. If they don’t, they shouldn’t be goals.
After you crossed the unaligned off, review your entire brainstorm over a few times so you can determine what your priorities are – aka the things that you absolutely need to be true in the future. I suggest highlighting or circling your priorities so they pop out.
Think of your priorities as your long-term goals, and your vision as the full picture, the entire ending you have in mind.
Now I’ll admit that it’s hard to create goals for that far in advance. So here’s the trick: work backwards! For example:
If you know that you want to one day build your own home from the ground up, then outline a timeline that roughly estimates big milestones, such as moving to the city you want to live in, hitting your savings criteria, etc. until you’ve gotten to milestones for the present year. Then decide on your long-term goals first, and have your short-term goals only focus on the next year or even just 6 months.
The process for effective goal-setting is that well-known SMART trick which I’ve outlined below. I also added some examples in the parentheses to show you how it’s actually done:
- S – specific: define your goals clearly
- M – measurable: set milestones to track your progress
- A – attainable/achievable: make your goals realistic but still have them push you
- R – relevant: ensure your goals resonate with your core values and life vision; if it doesn’t align, then it’s a distraction!
- T – timely: set a timeframe for hitting your goals
Let me give you an example. Here’s how I used the SMART method to write down my long-term goal about getting debt-free:
- S – specific: be completely debt-free and able to remain debt-free month-to-month
- M – measurable: pay off $20,000
- A – attainable/achievable: I do believe that I can do this, but will have to make some sacrifices and change some habits.
- R – relevant: aligns with values of freedom, balance, and perseverance; supports my journey towards building my dream home
- T – timely: by January 1, 2024
“I learned a long time ago that there is something worse than missing the goal, and that’s not pulling the trigger.” – Mia Hamm
And now it’s your turn again! Below your values, define your top 3 long-term goals by breaking it down into the 5 SMART parts. Then if you want to put it all together into a sentence, go for it!
NOTE: You can create your short-term goals out of your brainstorm, but I suggest doing it after you’ve finished creating your vision. However, it’s totally up to you! Here’s an example of using the SMART method for short-term goals:
- S – specific: I want to run a half-marathon
- M – measurable: I’ll run 3 miles without stopping 2 months from today
- A – attainable/achievable: I’ll start off by running every other day, and work towards every single day
- R – relevant: aligns with value of well-being and supports my journey towards running a marathon once a year
- T – timely: 6 months
WRITE IT DOWN
Now that you know what your future priorities and long-term goals are, here’s where the rubber meets the road!
The next step in creating your life vision is to write it down.
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Science has shown that putting your thoughts on paper engages your brain differently. Your written vision becomes a tangible commitment to yourself, an anchor in the sea of distractions.
Every time you read it, your brain basically treats it as an instruction manual, increasing your likelihood of translating it into action. So here’s some best practices for how to write your vision down:
- Write in present tense, like you’re already living it.
- Write like you’re telling a story.
- Use sensory language: describe how it feels, smells, tastes, sounds, and looks like, plus how it makes you feel.
This vision is NOT set in stone – it’s a living, breathing guide to the future you’re crafting. Which is why in the next section we’ll explore how to revisit your vision so it provides unshakeable motivation.
REVISITING YOUR VISION
Woohoo! Be proud of yourself for crafting your life vision! Remember, though, this isn’t a “set it and forget it” deal.
Your vision is like a fine wine that gets better with time – but only if you make revisiting your vision an integral part of your everyday life.
How can you do that? By nurturing and revisiting your vision on a regular basis. Here’s 4 ways to revisit your vision that I actually do myself:
- Vision check-ins
- Vision board
Just like your car needs regular maintenance, your vision needs regular check-ins, too.
Schedule dedicated moments through your week to read your written vision. I personally read my vision every morning to start off my day feeling inspired, but it could be a weekly thing or a monthly date.
The reason you want to revisit your vision is to get a reality check. Your vision will keep your goals fresh in your mind, reminding you of the path you’re walking. If you’re straying, your vision will help you redirect and refocus back on what matters.
“I didn’t get there by wishing for it, but by working for it.” – Estée Lauder
Harness the power of your imagination! Trust me, it’s fun.
Dedicate a few minutes each day to visualize your life as described in your vision. I find it easiest to do this right after I read it in the morning, but you don’t need your written vision to visualize it successfully.
Start with some big, deep breaths. Close your eyes and vividly picture your achievement, your environment, and the emotions that come with both.
Visualization isn’t just wishful thinking. It’s a mental dress rehearsal that primes your brain for success. So try to be as inside of your visualization as you can get, feeling everything you’re imagining straight to your core.
After you’ve written your vision down, I highly recommend that you create a vision board of some kind.
At the start of every new year, my boyfriend and I get crafty and create our joint vision board together. We gather images, quotes, and symbols from magazines and other materials that represent our vision for the year.
Then we arrange them on a board, and add some glitter and stickers to give it our own finishing touches.
But if arts and crafts aren’t your thing, go digital! Pinterest is a fantastic platform to use to source inspiration into a single board.
Now obviously creating your vision board isn’t a daily ritual, but it is a fun ritual that you don’t have to do alone. The daily part comes into play after you’ve hung it up.
My boyfriend and I hang our vision board in our apartment, specifically in a spot where we can see it every day.
So even if you created a digital vision board, print it out and hang it up or make it your devices background.
I will say, putting your vision board on your wall is kinda like having a mini art gallery of your dreams, reminding you of your goals every time you glance at it.
Your life evolves, and so should your vision.
As you grow, your aspirations might change. Guess what? That’s perfectly okay!
That’s also why you should do those regular check-ins I mentioned above. Regularly revisiting your vision helps ensure it remains aligned with your core values and desires.
When your vision needs adapting, schedule time in your calendar to go through this blog’s process again. I’ll literally add a calendar event into my current week and title it, “vision evolution.”
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It’s nice to keep your brainstorm from the first time around so you don’t forget about anything and can quicken the process a bit. However, definitely start with a new brainstorm and just migrate what resonates with you.
And don’t forget to design an updated vision board, too!
“If you talk about it, it’s a dream. If you envision it, it’s possible. If you schedule it, it’s real.” – Tony Robbins
Remember, the journey forward isn’t going to be a straight road. There WILL be twists and turns, and maybe a few detours. During moments of doubt or when motivation wanes, your vision acts as your guiding star, illuminating your path towards your desired future.
By consistently nurturing and revisiting your vision, you’re infusing it with the energy it needs to become a driving force in your everyday life.
INTEGRATING YOUR VISION INTO EVERYDAY LIFE
How does it feel to have laid the groundwork for unwavering self-motivation? Give yourself a big pat on the back!
Now it’s time to bridge the gap between your dreams and reality. The best way to do that is to make your vision a constant companion. But how? By weaving your vision seamlessly into your daily routine using rituals!
A ritual is just a set of activities that you always do in the same order at the same time so it always makes you feel the same way when you’re done: empowered.
So let’s dive into some practical vision-related rituals to add into your everyday life:
- Set short-term goals
- Vision journaling
- Daily affirmations
- Visual reminders
- Celebrate all wins
SET SHORT-TERM GOALS
The main purpose of setting goals is to break your big, audacious vision down into bite-sized pieces. Short-term goals serve as stepping stones, helping your track progress and celebrate victories along the way.
During step 4 above (define values and goals), I explained how to set effective goals using the SMART system. I suggested that you work backwards to create yearly goals, but now want to take that one step farther.
To keep your vision alive, you should always be working on a goal related to it. That means that you should break your yearly goals down even more, preferably into monthly goals.
Each achievement fuels your self-motivation, keeping you moving towards your desired future at all times.
Everyday life can become quite chaotic, preventing us from focusing on what truly matters. And that’s where a vision journal comes in handy.
Writing things down allows us to capture our thoughts and examine our emotions. When we externalize our thoughts, we declutter our minds. So put pen to paper for just a couple of minutes each day.
Write about your journey, the milestones you’ve achieved, the emotions you’ve felt, the hurdles you’ve hit. When you document your progress, you’re capturing tangible proof of your growth and momentum, serving as a powerful motivation booster.
Affirmations and/or mantras are empowering statements that ignites your authentic sense of self. They help you live intentionally and with purpose by reminding you of your strengths and abilities. Affirmations can be tailored to literally anything, so have some aligned to your vision.
“Remember, you’ve been criticizing yourself for years and it hasn’t worked. Try approving yourself and see what happens.” – Louise L. Hay
These positive statements should remind you of your goals and the person you’re becoming. Repeat your affirmations out loud to yourself daily, whether in the mirror or during your morning routine, and believe the words coming out of your mouth.
The more you repeat your affirmations, the faster your brain gets rewired to genuinely believe in your potential.
The vision board I mentioned in the previous section is a wonderful example of a visual reminder!
The point of a visual reminder is to subtly keep your vision at the forefront of your mind. So surround yourself with visual cues that trigger thoughts of your vision.
Set your phone wallpaper to an image representing your goals. Place sticky notes with motivational quotes around your workspace. Hang pictures of travel destinations on your wall. Whatever floats your boat!
CELEBRATE ALL WINS
Whether it’s conquering a milestone or successfully tackling a challenging task, acknowledge and celebrate your victories – no matter the size.
Reward yourself for progress, and reinforce that connection between effort and achievement. Being proud of yourself fuels self-motivation and makes your journey way more enjoyable.
By integrating your vision into your daily life, you’re creating a harmonious dance between your aspirations and actions. Motivation isn’t an elusive unicorn; it’s a steadfast companion that walks alongside you.
Your life vision is the glue that binds your dreams to your reality, transforming mere goals into a vibrant, purpose-driven life. But sometimes, obstacles get in the way – which is why the next section explains how to cultivate a resilient mindset.
TIPS TO STAY SELF-MOTIVATED
We know that life isn’t always a smooth ride. Challenges are a part of the journey, and maintaining your motivation through the bumps is the real test of your power.
So here are some essential mindset shifts to make to cultivate resilience in the face of setbacks:
- Embrace stepping stones
- Mind the comparison trap
- Be self-compassionate
- Refuel self-motivation
- Seek support
- Adapt, don’t quit
EMBRACE STEPPING STONES
When obstacles pop up, don’t let them deflate your motivation. Instead, choose to have more power than the obstacles.
View setbacks as opportunities to learn and grow. Each challenge is a chance to fine-tune your approach and move closer to your vision.
Resilience is your weapon, so use it.
MIND THE COMPARISON TRAP
Avoid falling into the comparison pitfall! As Judy Garland eloquently put it, you should always try to:
“Be a first rate version of yourself, not a second rate version of someone else.” – Judy Garland
Your journey is unique, and progress varies from person to person. So keep your focus on YOUR vision and path – no one else’s. Of course you should celebrate others’ successes, but be sure to always stay true to your own aspirations.
Kindness is key on this journey. Don’t beat yourself up for slip-ups or slower progress than you planned for.
Remember that every step forward, no matter how small, is a triumph.
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REFUEL YOUR MOTIVATION
During lulls, reconnect with the essence of your vision.
Remind yourself why you started and how far you’ve come. Visualize your achievements and the satisfaction they bring.
Refueling your motivation keeps the fire alive by showing you your bigger purpose, even in the face of challenges.
I strongly encourage you to share your vision with trusted friends, family, or a mentor.
Having a support system keeps you accountable and provides a network to learn on during tough times. Their cheers can help ignite your motivation whenever it wanes.
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ADAPT, DON’T QUIT
When life throws curveballs, adjust your course rather than giving up all together. If you quit, you’re saying goodbye to your desired future.
Your vision remains the guiding star, but the path may require tweaks. Flexibility is necessary to navigate challenges while staying aligned with your aspirations. Like I said earlier, embrace setbacks as stepping stones.
“It’s never too late to be what you might’ve been.” – George Eliot
Keep in mind that motivation isn’t a constant state, but a fluctuating force that needs nurturing. It’s okay to have off days and moments of self-doubt!
The true test of your self-motivation lies in your ability to weather the storms, adjust your sails, and stay the course toward your vision.
Through the power of your life vision, you can now harness the force of dopamine-fueled motivation. You have a compass when you’re lost in the labyrinth of tasks, your lighthouse during the stormy nights of doubt.
You’ve embraced the art of integration using rituals, seamlessly weaving your vision into the fabric of your everyday life. And you’ve fortified your spirit with resilience, equipping yourself to face obstacles head-on.
Remember that your journey doesn’t end here. Your vision is a living, breathing entity that evolves with you. Nurture it, revisit it, revise it, and celebrate your triumphs along the way.
Let your vision be the anthem that propels you through each day, infusing your actions with intention and your steps with purpose.
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The world is yours to conquer, and your life vision is the guiding start that’ll lead you to the extraordinary life you’ve crafted.