Today, I want to talk to you about getting what you want out of life; whatever it is you plan to accomplish.
As we move into the holiday season, you might be expecting me to tell you about “setting goals” for the New Year.
Well, sorry to disappoint you, but that ain’t gonna happen.
In my experience, any momentum you gain by “setting goals” fades away by January 15th, no matter how good your intentions or resolutions are.
The good news is that I have a different way to help you to make your dreams a reality.
It’s a powerful method that was taught to me by a friend of mine, Dean Graziosi, author of “Millionaire Success Habits.”
Dean explained to me that when we look forward through our goals, the likelihood that we’re going to accomplish what we set out to do is very slim.
But, what Dean has discovered is that if we imagine a vision of our successful future, and we document the story of what that vision looks and feels like, it has a tremendously powerful effect in helping us achieve it.
Well, by creating a powerful story–a narrative about our life and where we’re going–rather than just a simple goal, it activates our subconscious which moves us towards that future reality.
Dean calls this method “casting your vision” forward.
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The reason I love Dean’s method is because when I look out across all of the successful people I know, they all have a vision for what their life should look like. They all have a crystal clear vision of where they want to go, in every facet of their life.
That’s what I want for you. I want to impart this knowledge to you because very few people talk about this.
Everybody talks about goals, and while goals are good, they have to be considered in the context of a greater vision of our lives and where it is that we want to be.
Looking Back From The Future
So, how exactly do you do this?
Well, Dean’s preferred method is to imagine yourself in your successful future and to write about what the previous year looked like.
Here’s how this looks in practical terms…
Put aside approximately 50-60 minutes of your time. Sit down somewhere quiet, where you’re free from distractions, with a pad of paper and a pen or pencil.
You want to be totally focused on this task and give it your full attention.
Start your timer and simply write your diary entry for December 31st of next year.
You start out by saying, “Today is (today’s date). Next year, the end of next year, this is where I’m going to be…”
Then you write a diary entry as if it’s December 31st, 2018 and you’re looking back over the last year and all that you’ve accomplished.
The secret to doing this correctly is to document everything that’s happened in each facet of your life:
- Vocational / Professional
- Family / Relationships
Those are the big ones, but no doubt there are more aspects that apply to you specifically.
I want you to look back on every single one of those and say, “This is what has happened.”
It might feel a little awkward at first…but stick with it. Once you get “in the flow” and you start writing the narrative of your future life, you’ll hit your stride.
Why Casting Your Vision Forward Works So Well
Now, the reason this is so powerful is because we, as human beings, have a deep attachment to stories. That’s just how we’re wired.
It’s within our DNA, so you can either fight it or use it to your advantage.
And in my experience, when we write a story about ourselves…guess what?
We’re compelled to complete that vision and make that story a reality, as much as possible!
This isn’t just something where you write a sentence or two. I want you to spend time and think about the specific details of each situation: what your life is like, what you do, where you go, how you feel.
If you do this the right way, you should have 10-15 pages.
That might sound overwhelming but it can change the entire trajectory of your life.
I’ve done it for my life for 2018 and I want to encourage you to do the same thing.
Speaking Your Being Forward Into A New Reality
Now, once you’ve written out your diary entry detailing the new vision for your life, we’re going to take things a STEP FURTHER.
More than simply write it, we’re going to speak our beings forward into a new reality.
What does that mean?
Well, first, you want to review your work and see if there any changes or modifications you want to make to it.
Get it feeling good to you. Change a few words here and there. Make it a story.
This make take you some time but it’s an investment in you. It’s an investment in your future.
Then, once you’re happy with where you’ve gotten it, you’re going to read it out loud.
You’re going to speak AS IF YOU HAVE ACCOMPLISHED IT at the end of the year.
That might sound a little weird, right? But trust me, this is impactful. When I did this, I felt the hair on the back of my next rise up.
While you’re reading it out loud, you’re going to record it on your phone. Get an app called rev.com, which is an automatic transcription service, and speak into that app.
Upload it and let them transcribe it. If it’s 20 minutes, this will cost you 20 bucks. And it will be the best 20 bucks that you’re ever going to spend.
Once you get it back from Rev, you’ll have your future in written form, in oral form, and in a transcribed form that you can print out.
From this, you can then create a vision board (which I love), where you can take pictures that represent this future and stick them on a board.
I keep mine in front of my desk so that I see it all the time.
Do I look at it consciously every single day? Absolutely not. Do I look at it consciously on a monthly basis? No.
But, in my subconscious, it is there. I see it every day and I work towards it.
So, there you have it; that’s how you can get what you want out of life in 2018.
What does your vision for the coming year look like?
Have you done something like this before?
I’d love to hear your thoughts. Post in the comments below.