When you look to your future, what do you see? Where do you live? City? Big? Small? Or maybe somewhere more rural? House? Apartment? What job/career do you have? What lifestyle do you live? Do you prefer being alone? Or do you have a significant other? A family? How big? Pets? What do you do for fun and relaxation? What vehicle do you drive? And this list of questions gets longer and can be more specific depending on how detailed you want or need to get.
And maybe you’re thinking, Hell, I don’t know. I’ll figure it out when I get there. Certainly, that’s an option. It’s your life, so you can totally play it that way. Your life, your choices. And that’s a wonderful, beautiful, awesome, cool thing!
But for creating success and happiness, there is a tried and true, helpful method that you might like to try: Visualization. It comes in a number of forms: lists, dream boards, bubble charts, meditative visualization exercises, positive thinking, etc. In their simplest, most direct forms, they, however, are not usually enough – in my experience. To dream it and see it does not necessarily make it real. That usually takes an action plan … the action(s) you will take to get from point A to point B.
Why is this important? Well having a dream, goals, etc., is a wonderful, hopeful, positive thing, but without your action plan – your actionable steps that you will take – then stats show your chances of success diminish almost unbelievably.
So in my own life, I do something that truly helps me, and I want to share it with you in case it can help you, too! I take my positive thinking, dream boarding, and visualization a step further. I add my action plan. And I created a “visualization action planner” to organize my thought and plans. This helps me to see where I am at in relation to where I want to be. And by adding a step-by-step action plan, I can see what needs to be done, and then turn it into my real action plan by doing the steps and making ME and my life happen. On the backside of my planner, or on a separate visualization board, I heighten my dream/vision with pictures of the things I see, want, and need.
This can be an incredibly powerful and motivational exercise, especially if you keep your planner with you – refreshing and reminding yourself of your goals, dreams, and necessary steps.
And as a reassurance for those of you who might say, “But what if I change my mind along the way, and want new or different things?” … well, that’s fabulous, if the new things have come to you through your growth and development. And it’s absolutely no problem. Again, being your wonderful life, you get to decide who you want to be, and you can change your mind and redirect yourself as you need and want to. And all you have to do is revisit your planner and make the changes you need. And voila! You’re back on your path to becoming your desired future self!!!
It doesn’t matter where you are in your life – high school, college, premed, pre-dental, pre-health, graduate school, working, just out there living your life, etc. – this visualization action planner can work for you. It’s for anyone who sees a “future me” that is different from their “today me.” So, if this is you, give it a try. All you have to do is click here to get a downloadable pdf that you can print off as many times as you need to build the life you want!!!!
To go along with this positive dream planning and activating visualization activity, there is a supplemental informational video book Making Good Choices available in the Academy and at Amazon. You can check it out here in the Academy and at Amazon.
Happy planning and actualizing your life!!!
My best wishes to you always for your happiness and success!
Mary Kate :0)