A Daydream with Action Steps

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
— Authority Figure

Oh how that question used to make me sweat! My answer would include some bumbling and then a generic response catered to the person asking the question. Not inspiring, not 100% true and definitely not me. And when I was asked about myself in 10 years?! Forget it. I probably would have fainted. But now, now those are my favorite types of questions. 

For one thing, I figured out that I have way more control of my life than I thought I did in my early 20's. I moved across the country just to experience something different (a.k.a. winter) and then moved back to Texas for the wonderful and trying journey that was grad school- two experiences I'm fortunate to have had! 

It was during my second year in D.C. that I was asked what my vision for my life was, 10 years down the road. The woman asking me wasn't looking for any particular answer; she was essentially asking me where I wanted to be and what I wanted to be doing in 10 years so we could work backwards from there. It was my very first experience with goal coaching. I was so intrigued by this idea that I could truly shape my future by breaking the big picture into small, achievable steps to take. 

Some people tell me that they get stuck with the idea of imagining their life in 10 years. I remind them that your vision can change and it will probably change as your grow. It doesn't mean it was a bad vision- or a good one- just that your vision has changed. As you start taking on your goals, you find out, "hey maybe this isn't for me." Just like that, your vision shifts. My 10 year vision today is very different than when I first started the practice, but then- so am I.

When you're creating your vision, don't take it too seriously, think of it like the best daydream you've ever had- a daydream that you can make a reality! Use all of your senses: What do you hear (or don't you hear) where you are in 10 years? Who is with you? What can you touch? What food and drink will you enjoy? Are you smiling? I sure am! If you'd like some help creating this vision- or maybe want to break it down in to steps, reach out! It can be daunting, so it's important to remember 1) what's important to you (what your values are); 2) No one has to see it (only share if you want to) and 3) your vision is a daydream with action steps.

So! If you want to (see #2 above), share your 10 year vision below. I'll post mine too.