Where do you see yourself in 5 years? It is a common question often asked in job interviews. But why does this need to be a work specific question? I believe we need to make space in our lives to think about this on a personal level too. Actually spending time and focusing on where you are now and what you might like to achieve in the future makes you far more likely to put in steps to reach your goals.
Oprah Winfrey once said “Create the highest, grandest vision possible for your life, because you become what you believe.”
I read an interesting book by Paul McKenna, the well-known hypnotist, where he touched on the power of visualisation. When he first started out, he was in debt living day-to-day and he wanted to change his financial situation so he started to visualise himself as a wealthy person. He took his bank statements and altered them to reflect more money in his bank account. He visualised being able to pay his bills with ease and excitement. It obviously worked as look at him now.
Visualisation is an extremely powerful tool. Sports psychologists have found that skiers who visualised racing downhill fired electrical impulses and muscle movements that were almost identical to those triggered in skiers who actually raced downhill.
This would suggest that if you take the time to visualise where you would like to be in five years, your chances of getting there are massively increased.
So first of all:
- Take time out to think about your desires for your future
- Visualise what your future looks like
- Create a vision board to reflect your visualisation
- Place your board where you can see it every day
- Revisit your board regularly, making changes and adding to it
For me personally I have a few plans including re-establishing my professional career after a career break to raise my family.
I want to continue learning new skills and developing as I am a firm believer that every day is a chance to learn something new. I consider myself somewhat of a course taker! I have completed an upholstery course and a floristry course with a close friend. I did a Spanish course together with my Mum and I have tried various fitness classes including Kick-boxing, Yoga and Pilates. I have also taken a Photography course after my husband bought me a digital SLR camera for my Birthday in order to sharpen my skills.
I want to create a happy family home, maybe even take on the exciting challenge of building our own home with my husband.
Lastly, I would like to travel more and give my sons the experience of different countries and cultures.
So I have created a vision board to reflect this.
The best thing about your vision board is that if you waver off course, it acts as a physical reminder to get you back on track, and if your negative voice of self-doubt starts creeping in, it can remind you of what you have achieved and what you can achieve.
So give it a go, and let me know how you get on. I would love to see your vision boards so feel free to send them to me.