If you would describe a future scenario where you can see yourself living your most desired dream life, what would that look like? What do you need to do to be able to get to that point in your life? How much time would you need and what resources and skills do you need to acquire? The previous two blogposts I wrote about reflection and visualization. This is the final article that is part of this series: The Blueprint. In here I will talk about the benefits of making a Blueprint for your life, about what you need to design one, and how to implement it yourself.
What do you want to achieve in the next 10 years? Where do you want to be? With whom? With what? It is important to have a clear picture of what you find valuable for yourself to achieve. This goal can be like a guiding tool for you to make decisions into which direction to go to. Everything you do can be in alignment with your greater goal in life. Even the smallest things can get you closer to reaching that goal. If you have determined for yourself what your dream is, and you can visualize it as something real, you can start to formulate it as a goal and eventually break it down into multiple sub-goals.
“We usually overestimate what we think we can accomplish in one year, but we grossly underestimate what we can accomplish in a decade”
– Tony Robbins
The way we define our personal goals is essential in this process. Apparently how we behave depends on how we define our situation with respect to personal interests and goals. If you are going to eat with your friends and they want to eat at a fast food restaurant, but your goal is to eat healthier, you are probably going to suggest another place.
How we feel, our emotional state, can also influence how we act. People in a positive mood are more flexible and capable to adjust to changing situations. People in a negative mood tend to be more rigid in their thinking.
To know what it is that you truly want, I recommend you start with reflection as mentioned in the previous texts. Reflection, or self-reflection/introspection, allows you to analyse yourself, your thinking, your feelings, and your behaviour. It provides a better understanding of yourself and your circumstances. What went well this past week? What could have gone better? Why do you think this? What do you think you could have done? These questions provide answers that will help you improve yourself.
In order for us to achieve our goals, we have to acquire new information and implement it. Remember that it is what you don’t know that is going to bring you closer to your goals. If you don’t try to improve yourself, no matter how slow, you are going to stay in the same comfortable place. If you want to reach your goals, you have to challenge yourself and put in the work.
Another helpful tool that I have previously discussed is visualization. This is a mental tool which allows us to imagine all the possible outcomes of an object or experience. It shows us what is to come, how it will make us feel, how we should behave and think, the obstacles we will face and how we can deal with them.
‘Proper visualization by the exercise of concentration and willpower enables us to materialize thoughts, not only as dreams or visions in the mental realm but also as experiences in
the material realm’
– Paramahanse Yogananda
When we visualize our future, we are able to see possibilities and develop plans to attain them. We can picture ourselves reaching our goals and even surpassing them. We are able to envision what it would feel like, what we would think about, and how we would behave. Research in Psychology shows that being able to visualize our future helps you manage your emotional states and the ability to plan and solve problems. It makes future events seem real.
When those two steps are set and done, we can move on to designing the Blueprint. This is a map which shows you precisely what steps you should take. It shows you the smaller goals you have to achieve in order to finally achieve the bigger ones. Important here is that you figure out which steps you need to take and you don’t try to skip them! The steps are there for a reason. If you build a castle on sand it will most definitely crash in the future.
What I do is write down my future goals. The ones I want to accomplish in the next 10-15 years. These are my big goals, my dreams that I am manifesting. Because of the process of reflection and visualization, I am certain that these goals are aligned with who I am. The more detailed and clear these goals are, the better your mind can think of solutions and spot opportunities for you to get there.
Let’s say for example that in 10 years you want to own your own company that is successful. The company is focused on selling products online and it is thriving. You sell clothes and other related products and you are even thinking about expanding. You work from your home near the coast with an ocean view.
‘A goal properly set is halfway reached’
– Zig Ziglar
To achieve these goals, you need to start an online business, maybe educated yourself in online marketing, look into real estate and figure out how much it is going to cost you to buy a home near a coast, maybe learn the language of a foreign country (depending on where you want to end up living), and more. You see, just with a simple example you can already break it down into smaller steps that will help you get to that ultimate goal.
This is also why it is important to have clear and detailed goals. The more detailed they are, the better you can define the steps you need to take. Goals provide direction. They direct your incredibly creative mind into thinking in the same direction. ‘Where attention goes, energy flows’.
A very helpful technique in writing down goals is the SMART technique. The S stands for Specific: what is it that you want to accomplish? Why do you want to do this? Where do you need to do it? Who is needed for it to make it happen? Which resources are needed? Asking yourself these types of questions allow you to make your goal very specific. This provides clarity on what it is that you want.
The M stands for Measurable. If your goals are measurable, you can track the process. This helps you to see if you are on the right track, it helps you to set deadlines for yourself, and it can show you your progress. The A stands for Achievable. Your goals should be realistic. If you want to become a millionaire by tomorrow, it is not a very realistic goal. However, if you wish to do so in 10 years, it might be possible. Be honest with yourself and do not underestimate what you are capable of!
‘You cannot expect to achieve new goals or move beyond your present circumstances
unless you change’
– Les Brown
The R stands for Relevant. This is the one that ties all your activities together if done correctly. Is this goal relevant to you? Is it relevant to other goals? The last thing you want is to be putting all your focus and energy into two completely different goals that guide you into opposite directions. This can be confusing and time consuming.
That brings us to the last letter. The letter T stands for Time-bound. When do you need to realize your goal? What are you able to do in a year? What are you able to do in a month? In a week? In a day? By breaking it down into these time frames you are able to create a daily plan or routine that contributes to your goal. By doing certain activities each day you can have a sense of fulfilment knowing that you are making progress towards your goals, hence, you are making progress towards your dream.
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