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You begin the process of creating your future by actually imagining what the future will look like. As you move through the process, compare where you are today with where you want to be in the future.
How do you envision your future? Without a vision for the future, you cannot construct a plan. Think of this vision as your ultimate destination: where do you want to go and how do you want to get there? How will you recognize your future location when you arrive? How will you be better/ healthier/ wealthier when you arrive? What contributions or attributes will you be remembered for, by your friends and family, your community?
Begin with a simple 3-level questionnaire that imagines your future only 10 years from now. In your vision, think about how old you will be and what changes you expect in your status (Married? Children? Retired? New career?).
Here are your questions that will guide your vision:
1. What is important in my personal life today? 10 years from now?
2. What is important in my work life today? 10 years from now?
3. What is important in my social and/or spiritual life today? 10 years from now?
Based on these questions, you can begin to craft a personal vision for your future. Put into words the “destination” that you inhabit in 10 years.
|Jennifer Mathes, Ph.D.|