What’s The Vision For Your Life?
Companies pour in hours of resources and hire expensive consultants to devise strategies and visions for their business, but how many of us do something similar for our own lives? If someone were to ask you right this moment, what your vision for your life is … how many of us would truly know?
I find it helps to just break things down into nuggets that define what the ingredients to your ideal life would be. Here are some things that go into defining my vision for life.
Be mentally and emotionally available for my family
This is possibly one of the most central aspects of my vision for life. I draw great energy from the love of those I care for, and want to be there for them the way they are for me. This means creating a work and home environment that nurtures these relationships.
Connect with my kids
I don’t just want to be a parental figure in my kids’ lives, doing the school run and keeping the home welcoming. I want a meaningful connection with them. One where they are bursting to share their news with me – whether it is a new love interest or an academic accomplishment or something fun or silly. I’d like to be their shoulder to cry on, the person they seek advice from.
Be able to attend school events during the day
It may not seem like the most glamorous thing to do, but being there to pull your weight as a parent on school duties can be surprisingly satisfying. I want to be there to attend every major event, and contribute as a volunteer where possible.
Spend quality time with my husband
My husband’s not just my partner in life and crime, but also my best friend. So being able to have ‘us’ time is something I have to include in my vision. A shared cup of coffee, a weekend getaway, a hike in the hills, or a weekly date night – they are all what go into keeping me sane.
Have a great family relationship
This is something that is hard to manage with the busy lives we lead, but if you can make the time to write a note or email to a favourite aunt every now and again will count for so much when you look back on your life. Remembering birthdays and anniversaries and doing a quick call is often enough to keep the threads connected.
Make time for high tea with my mum
My mother has done so much for me, and is possibly one of the big reasons I have achieved whatever I have today. My vision would be incomplete without her in it. So making time for us to do some special mother-daughter stuff together, like having high tea, is the foundation of my vision.
Be present in both family and professional career
As a working woman, I constantly walk that tightrope between family life and my profession. As a business owner this becomes even more challenging. Get your eye off the ball and your finely tuned world could come collapsing down around you. I’d like to manage work and home, and not one at the cost of the other. But rather than achieving work life balance, I thrive to choose my own path – and be ok with that.
Empower business owners to see their business through a fresh set of eyes
Try and create a vision for your career as well. This is about your life and what you hope to do with it in your professional life. For me, my vision is to be able to work with business owners and give them the power to look at their businesses in new light, as a result of working with Green Chilli Marketing. Plus I am looking to franchise Green Chilli to get other people excited about their lives and creating their own vision!
Think big – Painting the bigger picture
When you’re creating your vision, take a moment to look at the bigger picture. Reflect on how all these little dots connect up to create the pattern that defines your life. What is the legacy you want to leave behind?
How will these elements of your own vision impact the lives of those around you? For instance, my work at Green Chilli goes far beyond my own team. We influence how businesses grow and the way their owners look at their own organisations. That in turn could impact their own perspective on life and have a bearing on their work life and home life.
My vision to be present for my family and my kids could impact where their lives take them. By having a strong connection, I’d like to believe that they will come to me with any problems they face and together we can nip things in the bud so they lead full and satisfying lives and be the best they can be.
That really is what its all about ultimately. Doing the best you can with the life you have been given. Create a vision that encompasses who you want to be, and you will be on your way to shaping your little piece of the universe to meet those goals.
So get out there and create your own path and your own vision. Your heart will love you for it. Belinda