It's Helpful to Envision Your Future So You Can Live Out Your Dreams

Terri Kozlowski

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When you envision your future, you can be intentional about the choices you make, so you create the life of your dreams.Terri Kozlowski

It’s time to reflect on the past year and envision what could be in the new year. What were fond memories created this year that you’ll reminisce about in the future? Were there lessons you learned which you will take with you as you move forward? Finally, ponder the goals achieved and why some objectives weren't realized as the year closes.

What dreams do you have as you look forward to the new year? What are you looking forward to doing in 2022? I don’t make New Year’s resolutions. I instead do a Happiness Project. Therefore, each month I pick an area I want to improve, and for 30 days, that is where my focus is. So, for example, my theme is a clean slate next month. Each week, I will concentrate on one area like completion and how to bring things to a close. Then, the next week, I’ll work on clearing my mind of old beliefs that no longer serve me. After that, I’ll look at the new beginnings, and finally, the last week of the month, I’ll see about repacking my baggage in a way to lighten my load in the new year.

Other month’s themes include loving myself, being determined to be my authentic self, balance, and cultivating growth. Each month, I purposely create the life I want to live by doing this process. I am currently envisioning how I want my life to be as I move from month to month in the new year.

A vision is not just a picture of what could be; it is an appeal to our better selves, a call to become something more. ~ Rosabeth Moss Kanter

Envision Your Future

When planning a road trip, most people do a bit of preparation. What route to take, where to stay, what to do, and deciding where to eat. But do you plan for the coming year of your life? You may think about some things like vacations and memorable days, but do you consider mapping out your future so you don’t relive the past?

Many people move through their life as a routine, surviving one day after another but not actually living and thriving. So expanding your vision of the future means you see the full range of possibilities beyond the present daily habits with anticipation of the limitless potential in front of you.

To create the life of your dreams, you have to envision what you desire. Then, once you have the picture in your heart, you can shape your life as you please. Remember that life isn’t about doing but is about being. Becoming your authentic self is purposeful and action-oriented in the sense of removing masks and armor so you can be yourself.

So what do you want to be? What do you want to explore? How can you shine your light? As you answer these questions, investigate ways to add these factors into your routine so you are decisively building the life you love. Otherwise, you aren’t creating anything new for your life but repeating the days, weeks, and years of the past. And no one wants to reiterate a life they aren’t passionate about.

If you don't have a vision, you're going to be stuck in what you know. And the only thing you know is what you've already seen. ~ Iyanla Vanzant

Envisioning Allows For Wisdom To Flow

Did you know that the Latin root for vision is vis, which means supernatural seeing? This origin implies that the ability to envision your future is a soulful quality of the heart, not the egoic mind. Why? Because your dreams scare your ego. There could be missteps, risks, discomfort, and strangers involved. The ego doesn’t want you to venture into the unknown, and all adventures require moving into the unfamiliar.

But when you allow yourself to live authentically, you follow your heart as you listen to the whispers of your soul. And this allows your innate wisdom to rise and flow from within you. It comes out as creativity in new ways of doing things, changes in perspective, and the ability to pivot and adapt to changing circumstances while staying inflow with the Universe.

When you are passionate about the vision of your life, you have perseverance. Why? Because your heart is pulling you towards the dream. You don’t have to push yourself. Instead, you are inspired to move forward because you are as excited about the journey as you are at reaching the destination.

Therefore, you will take action to achieve the desired outcome. You’ll be able to look at the risk, the uncomfortable activities, and new people in your life with excitement, not fear.

If you are working on something exciting that you really care about, you don't have to be pushed. The vision pulls you. ~ Steve Jobs

What Do You Want Envision?

Your vision will inspire you, and keep your energy level high because you’re naturally excited about the day before you. In addition, it provides guidance when you take a misstep or have a choice to make and gives purpose to your endeavors.

When framing your dream, think about the following principles:

· Make sure you envision your goals within the parameters of what you’re passionate about and are within your values. You don’t want to reach the objective and feel immoral about achieving it.

· Keep it simple and focused. Why? Because you want to have it roll off your tongue when you need to remind yourself what your efforts are moving towards. And if it is broad, you may not know if you attained the goal.

· Be sure it’s constructive. You want your aspirations to benefit not only yourself but also others. When you serve others, you allow them to see your inner light shine.

· Be bold and inspirational. You want to grow as you move towards your dream, so you're prepared for it when it’s your new reality. Likewise, you ignite others’ inner passion and authenticity when what you envision inspires others.

· Be engaging. What I mean by this is that you may not know all the steps to take to get to the end result you’re envisioning, but you have ideas of how to take the first step. And once you get started, the other actions seem to flow because the process is fascinating and excites you.

A dream is your creative vision for your life in the future. You must break out of your current comfort zone and become comfortable with the unfamiliar and the unknown. ~ Denis Waitley

Developing Your Vision For Your Life

First, get quiet and go within so you can hear the whispers of your soul. Then ask yourself questions like what inspires you, what are you passionate about, and what can you lose time doing? Now consider the following areas of your life and how you want them to be better.

1. Heal emotional wounds. Remember, I said I would spend a week clearing out old belief systems? Well, sometimes generational patterns of behavior come from your childhood. As a result, negative thoughts, destructive behaviors, and prejudices are learned. Therefore, they have to be dealt with and healed to improve your life. Only then can you be authentically you when you achieve your goals.

2. Be open to all possibilities. The only limits to what you can envision are those you self impose. So dream big. Don’t let the ego allow fear or lack of confidence to keep you from being bold. Remember, when you’re feeling uncomfortable, you need to grow to achieve your dreams.

3. Find your tribe. When you seek like-minded people, you expand your opportunities and your reach. They will also encourage you and give you perspective. Keep in mind. You may have to seek new people for your tribe because others may not support your growth.

4. Don’t look backward. Your dreams are in front of you, not behind. Therefore, looking at the past isn’t beneficial. Instead, apply the lessons you’ve learned and try new ways of doing things.

5. How is the new you, physically? You want your body to be healthy to enjoy your journey. Therefore, look at ways to improve your nutrition, add more restful sleep, get your body moving with some exercise.

6. Add self-care practices to your life. Things like meditation, journaling, and hobbies are great things to add to your life to help you destress and relax. Give yourself “me” time so you are refueled to pursue your dreams.

7. How is your financial fitness? What can you do to not only live within your means but also prepare for a better future? Can your passion project be a side hustle?

8. Improve your relationships. When you are becoming more authentic, others will notice, and your bonds with them will either strengthen or weaken. Why? Because some will open up and relationships will improve, and others will not like the changes in you, and that’s okay. Not everyone in your life is meant to be there in the future.

9. Add adventure. When you explore the opportunities, be open to trying new things. When you go into uncharted territories, it can be exciting and scary. But stay with the excitement and do it, anyway.

10. Be flexible. As you take this journey towards what you envision, be willing to adapt and pivot. The Universe is conspiring with you, so unexpected circumstances may arise that show a better opportunity. Don’t be ridged and think there is only one path to your dream because there are many.

One's vision is not a road map, but a compass. ~ Peter Block

Take Action Towards Your Dreams

Now you’ve envisioned what you want your life to look like, so now it’s time to take action. The first step is to write it down or create a vision board. This action helps you encapsulate the goal in a creative form which assists with getting you inflow with the Universe. In addition, it allows the vividness of the dream to be at the forefront of your mind.

I do both. I write a statement in my planner and then create my vision board, which becomes the screen saver on my computer. This way, I have constant reminders of what I envision and work towards every day. And when I have a misstep, they remind me that there are many paths towards my goals.

Keep in mind your vision is yours, and others may not be able to see it. The Universe gave it to you, not them. Some people won’t understand and may discourage you. Learn to turn down the volume of these voices as you learn to recognize who you may have to set personal boundaries with. That’s why you need your tribe, because they will reassure you.

The voice you need to listen to is your soul. It will continue to whisper to you, but you have to take the time to hear what it’s saying. The more you consciously choose to follow your heart, the less you’ll be concerned about what others think, and you’ll learn to trust yourself more, which increases your self-confidence.

Vision without action is merely a dream. Action without vision just passes the time. Vision with action can change the world. ~ Joel A. Barker

Moving Forward With Your Vision

You decide every day how you will live your life. But are you intentionally creating the life you desire? Everyone has processes they use to choose or determine a course of action. Let the soul guide you to do those things you dream, instead of allowing the ego to keep you reliving the past.

To transform into the New Year, you need to leave a part of yourself behind. You must release the past, let go of limiting beliefs, unlearn those things that no longer serve you. The price you pay for a new vision, new goals, and a better life is to leave some things behind so you can move forward.

Be brave enough to live the life of your dreams according to your vision and purpose, instead of the expectations and opinions of others. ~ Roy T. Bennett

As you realize the power of your intentions and become conscious about your mindset, you can alter it next year. If you would like to receive more enlightening articles right into your email, fill this out now.

Do you need help to envision your future? Do you need support in developing the action steps to pursue your dream? If so, please get in touch with me, and we can put together an action plan for you to be authentically you and make your dreams come true in the New Year.

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Native American Terri Kozlowski has a BS in social science, certified life coach, blogger, author of "Raven Transcending Fear," & host of the Soul Solutions podcast. She specializes in empowering people to overcome their fears and limiting beliefs.

Woodstock, GA
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