Today I want to show you how to craft a vivid vision for your life.
For those of you not familiar with the term “vivid vision”, it’s a clear and detailed image of what you aspire to become and achieve in the future as a man.
It’s a powerful and inspiring picture of your goals, dreams and the life you aim to create for yourself and your family.
And it’s so critical to get these right. Because a vivid vision…well…gives you both direction and purpose.
A good vivid vision will pull you forward in life with clarity, energy, and perseverance.
A lack of vision will leave you feeling bored, directionless, and liable to quit easily.
Unfortunately, many men do not have a vision for their life. So they get stuck living life on autopilot plagued by a constant sense of underachievement.
Creating a vision is the first step in turning the invisible into the visible.
To show you how I approach creating a vivid vision, I’ll break down a coaching call I had a few months ago with an entrepreneur dad.
We’ll call him Steve (not his real name). And despite having so much good in his life, he was feeling directionless and unmotivated.
He didn’t know what peak he wanted to climb and he didn’t have a strong why to pull him forward, so he felt stuck.
3 weeks after using my Vivid Vision Framework™ to get clear on his biggest goals and gain leverage on himself with a strong why, I received this message from him:
I want the same thing for you.
So let’s dive into the process we used to make it happen:
🗂️ Download – this exercise will be difficult if you don’t have questions to guide you. Here’s a comprehensive list of the Vivid Vision Brainstorming Questions I personally use (and give to the men in Total Man OS).
Step 1: Select your domain
As an entrepreneur dad, you are responsible for the 5 major life domains:
To create your Vivid Vision, first, choose which domain you are creating that vision for.
Example: I am making this Vivid Vision for the domain of Family.
Important Note: You’ll do this exercise for each of the 5 domains. The process is the same each time. Just follow the steps I’ve laid out.
Step 2: Write 6 Options
Brainstorm 6 potential future facts for this domain.
In other words – what do you want this domain to look like in 1 year, 5 years, 10 years or 30 years from now?
Do not limit yourself, and do not concern yourself with how these things will be accomplished.
For now, it’s unimportant.
This is an exercise in dreaming and reversing repression.
Tip: If you’re feeling stuck, create 3 timelines – 1 year, 10 years and 30 years – and write out what you dream of having, being and doing specific to the domain you chose.
Step 3: Choose 3 Finalists
Look at your list of 6 potential future facts, and choose the 3 that excite you the most.
These are your 3 finalists.
For each finalist you chose answer these 3 questions:
- Why did you choose it?
- What do you feel when you consider this potential future? Why do you feel that?
- What story will you have to believe to drive you towards this future fact? Why is this story crucial?
Tip: If you’ve never done an exercise like this before, it will be hard. But don’t skip it. Force yourself to get your thoughts on paper to ensure this truly matters to YOU (and not some outside influence).
Step 4: Choose a Winner
Now that you’ve thoroughly unpacked the 3 finalists, it’s time to choose a winner.
You can have anything you want in life, you just can’t have everything you want.
Choose your winner and write why you chose it.
Example winner – My vivid vision for the domain of family is to live abroad in Amsterdam for 1 year with my wife and kids (my why is too long to include here to stay under the 4-minute time cap 🤣)
Step 5: Your Mission Statement
With your winner in hand – it’s time to write your mission statement for this domain.
Here’s a simple framework to use:
“I want to (what) so that I can (why).”
Step 6: Immediate action
The hardest part is getting started.
So what’s 1 small action you can take right now that’ll move you 1 inch towards this future fact?
Write it down.
Then do it.
Like right now.
At this exact moment.
Arnold Schwarzenegger talked about becoming the bodybuilding champion of the world when he was a 13-year-old kid living in a small post World War II Austrian farming community.
Connor McGregor talked about becoming a UFC champion when he was a plumber’s apprentice living off welfare checks at his parent’s house.
Achieving anything great in life first requires vision.
If you knew how to get there, you’d be there already.
So don’t worry about how you’re going to do it or how long it will take.
State what will happen in the future as if it is a fact that’s already occurred, and then get to work.
Your brain will find the way once you give it a target to aim for.
⚡️ Worth your time
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🤔 A quote to ponder
“Don’t make stuff because you want to make money – it will never make you enough money. And don’t make stuff because you want to get famous – because you will never feel famous enough. Make gifts for people – and work hard on making those gifts in the hope that those people will notice and like the gifts.” – John Green