Back 2 Your Vision

Futuristic Vision of Current and Future self

By: Dr. Dave Cornelius

Date: January 2021

If you are reading this article, I need you to STOP and do the following: 1) close your eyes, 2) take in nine (9) deep breaths – IN and OUT of your nostrils, and 3) take in breath #10 through your nostrils and as you release it, let out a loud AHHHHHHHH! Open your eyes – Welcome! You have arrived in 2021!

“The best lessons are usually learned from failure. You must not beat yourself up if you fail – just pick yourself up, learn as much as you can from the experience, and get on with the next challenge. The brave may not live forever, but the cautious never live at all.” – Richard Bramsen

I want you to shift your mindset toward developing a 2021 vision versus creating “New Year’s Resolutions.” My vision for 2021 is to finish my book, which was due in 2020 before COVID-19 disrupted life.

In my December 2020 article, 2020: Reflect, Relate, and Remember, I asked you not to forget about your 2020 experiences. Perhaps you can use one of those experiences as your vision for 2021?

Take a look at the Visioning Journey Map in Figure 1.

Visioning Journey Map

Use the Visioning Journey Map by following these instructions:

Step 1: Set your sights on a vision situated three (3) to six (6) months in the future.

Step 2: Start at the vision you chose three (3) to six (6) months down the road. These are depicted as “My Vision” and “Future Self” in Figure 1.

Step 3: Identify the hurdles that might limit your ability to reach this vision.

Step 4: Continue looking in reverse from the end of your journey, working until you reach “Current Reality” and “Current Self.”

Step 5: Now that you have identified the hurdles you may encounter, begin your journey at the “Current Reality/Current Self” starting point in Figure 1.

Step 6: Start your journey by “walking toward your future,” acknowledging every one of the hurdles. Identify and capture those goals that line themselves up along the way.

Step 7: Make your vision more visible by hanging it and sharing what you discover along the way.

As you engage yourself with this activity, as the following questions for a deeper connection:

  • When facing each of the identified hurdles, who do you need to be?
  • In what ways might seeing the world limit you?
  • Who do you get to become when you have achieved the goals of the journey?
  • What are the qualities required to make you feel satisfied along the way?
  • Do you have the support system you might need as you continue the journey?
  • Why is this vision, in particular, significant to you?

When you are finished with the Visioning Journey, spend some time reflecting, relating, and remembering. Ponder these questions: 1) What did you discover, 2) Why were these selected hurdles important to you, 3) How will you move forward with goals beyond that vision?

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