Creating a life vision is one of the most important things you can do to ensure you live a happy and fulfilled life that aligns with your values and purpose. Emily Button, founder of “Emily Button Creative” is here to reveal all.
As a certified Business and Life Coach, Emily pivoted from her successful 9-year career in the corporate world in order to become a self-employed entrepreneur.
Through Emily Button Creative, she aims to propel ambitious women who feel stuck in their lives and career, to change the direction, become self-employed and build a purposeful life on their own terms.
She is passionate about elevating women and supporting them to ditch the 9-5 and build a life they have always dreamed of.
What is a life vision?
Life is never a linear line, and at times it might feel like a game of snakes and ladders. There will always be something unexpected that will pull the rug from under you (hello covid-19). However, having a clear vision of what you want your life to look and feel like and then breaking it down into goals will mean that you are moving along a journey that is intentional and aligned to what you want your life to look like.
A life vision allows you to look at where you want to be in the future (5, 10, 20 years) and how you want to feel.
Quite often in society, we get caught up in wanting to have the tangible things – houses, marriage, kids etc., that we forget why we want them and what we want to be feeling as a result of those things. One of the biggest disconnects I see with my clients is striving after something tangible with the view to feel a certain way, but when they reach that goal, they realise they aren’t feeling the way they thought they would.
One of the essential feelings I am striving for is a feeling of contentment (my word for 2021!) – so focusing on that and working back from where I want to be, allows me to determine what I can do to help me make that a regular feeling.
Why is a life vision so important?
Having a clear life vision (or a guiding north star as some may call it) of where you want to go and how you want to feel allows you to get intentional with the decisions you are making today to get you to that place.
Often in life, we get caught up in the day to day and sometimes feel we have little control over the direction our lives are taking us in. This should never be the case! We have the power and drive to take back that control, and I’ve found through personal experience and with my clients that having a life vision allows them the clarity to see what this looks like for them (not their family/friends/social media), but THEM!
It also allows you to check in with the path of life and the work you are currently on – taking a step back and thinking big picture will enable you to make changes or tweaks to align you in the direction you want to be going in!
Sometimes these need significant changes to circumvent, but quite often, small, consistent changes like exercising daily or spending 30 mins in nature can have the most significant impacts on our well-being and psyche.
How do you create a life vision?
The best way to explore your life vision is to creatively brainstorm what you want your life and work to be looking like in 5/10 or 20 years (depending on how far in the future you want to look!).
Depending on how your mind works, you may want to write down words, think it through while walking, or create a vision board of images and phrases from Pinterest!
Some tips as you go through this exercise:
- Ask why – dig deep into why you want certain things to help ensure it is really what YOU want and not what is expected of you by others
- Tap into your creativity – consider all ideas, even ones you think might not be possible
- Allow yourself to dream – some of these things may feel a long way off, and that is fine! It’s a journey to get to your dream life, and it’s good to have aspirations that seem more tricky to achieve as that helps us to strive
- Try and focus on what you want, not what you don’t wish to (although some people may find that easier – and then can reverse it)
Once you’ve done this, you should then have a board or few paragraphs (I recommend writing down your thoughts to refer back to at this stage), which I’d recommend you come back to, reflect on and adapt as you evolve and grow! Now, it is over to you to create your life vision…
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