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Can you imagine your future?

Wouldn’t it be fantastic if we could see into the future or have a crystal ball and know that what we are doing will lead us to the destination we want and that it will be good for us.

We can dream about our future, more of a pipe-dream perhaps where we imagine all sorts of things that are probably unlikely for us to ever achieve, but it can be good fun drifting away into this fantasy land every once in a while.

However, if we take this down a level and instead of day-dreaming pipe-dreams we instead consider what our desired future could be, so we can not only see what it could look like but even feel what it might be like.

Visualisation is such a powerful exercise and can be inspiring and a source of creative power that can motivate us to propel forward often giving us a clearer focus of what our destination looks like, and to feel that it’s the right destination.

Part of this exercise has to be determining our intentions. It’s pointless expecting everything to just happen, we must be clear what our steps are that we need to achieve.

To achieve what we want to fulfil our desired future we need to set specific goals. These will give us clarity, focus and direction.

Setting goals enables us to concentrate on each stepping-stone reducing distractions and possible procrastination.

These goals are meant to hold us accountable and should be kept front of mind showing us our route, helping us navigate through all the other things that might take us away from what we want and where we ideally want to go.

Here’s some steps you can use to help you along the way:

  1. Mindset – reframe, reset, recalibrate to help you get into the right frame of mind, keeping your mind focused on the destination
    1. Constructive – be positive, motivated and find ways to keep yourself inspired and excited to begin or carry on with your journey
    1. Imagine – visualise, envision, dream of what you want avoiding thinking about what you don’t want and engage all your senses
    1. Metaphor or analogy – find a comparison of something that you can easily relate to which can help you picture what your future looks like – drawing an image can be really helpful
    1. Tools – having strategies to help you navigate, align and adjust; these goals need to be SMART i.e. specific, measurable, achievable, realistic, timebound
    1. Time – now is the time to decide, that is today, not tomorrow, and make a determined plan to visualise what you want and to take practical and active steps to achieve your dreams

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