Sometimes when I look back on my life, I realize that my actions were not always lining up with my overall vision. The fact is that most of us want to accomplish big goals in our life but we fail to understand the steps that we need to make in order to get there. Unfortunately, the main obstacle standing between us and our greatest dreams is often ourselves.
As ever-changing humans, it’s important at times to check in with yourself. Take the time to reflect on your current life, think about your goals, recognize where you are now and where you want to be. There are some key questions that you can ask yourself to help you realign with your higher vision.
What is Your Higher Vision for Your Life?
Everyone has goals and ambitions in life. If you feel like you don’t have a clear vision and direction for your life, you should think about what you want to achieve in the next 5 years. Write down a list of 2-5 achievable goals and then you will be able to make an action plan to help you reach them.
For example, if your goal is to earn a Master’s Degree, you should start by considering which specific school and program you feel would be the best fit for you. Sometimes figuring out the first step is all it takes to redirect your life and put your plan into action.
Here are a few questions that you can ask yourself from time to time to gauge whether you’re heading in the right direction:
- What is my current goal for my life?
- What actions am I taking on a daily basis to make progress towards my goal?
- Is my routine conducive to my overall vision?
- What can I change to help me achieve my higher vision?
Define Your Purpose?
Whether you’re aware of it or not, everyone has a purpose in life. If you find yourself struggling to find purpose, start by thinking of your “why”. Your “why” can be something as small as the reason you get out of bed in the morning, or as big as your motivation for starting a business. Remembering your “why” fuels passion and keeps you focused on your purpose. If you always keep your purpose in mind, your actions will start to align with your higher vision.
What Can You Do to Bring Balance into Your Life?
Achieving your dreams is possible when you are healthy and centered, especially in regards to mental health. In order to reach your higher vision for yourself, you must learn to be disciplined and find balance in your life.
Even working overtime can demotivate you. When you sacrifice your time for recreational activities or even sleep, you will eventually experience burnout. It is important to focus on work, but finding a work-life balance is necessary for longevity in reaching your goals. Remember that your mental and physical health play a vital role in keeping you motivated and inspired.
Here are some ideas for keeping a healthy work-life balance:
- Eat a healthy and balanced diet
- Take time to go outside and get fresh air
- Designate time to spend with family and friends
- Get 7-9 hours of sleep per night
Follow the Rule of 5
The “Rule of 5” involves creating 5 action steps that you will follow each day to catapult you towards your goals. Start by writing down your five actions each morning and check them off the list as you go. The important part of this rule is that you stay committed to your plan. In order to see real results, you are going to need to be disciplined and prioritize these actions. If you stay completely focused on this plan you’ll begin seeing progress and results in no time.
Persevere Towards Your Higher Vision
Once you have your goals defined and clear action steps to get there, you’ll be well on your way to achieving the higher vision that you have for your life. There will be days when you feel like you’ve strayed off the path a little bit and that’s okay. The important thing is that you persevere, remind yourself of your purpose and pay attention to your daily actions.
Check out my other blogs for more tips on how to create achievable, SMART goals that will help you reach your full potential.