You've set your goal. You've checked to make sure that you are ready and motivated to achieve that goal. Now it's time to create your wellness vision. Having a vision of your own best self will help to enhance your well-being and increase your hope of achieving your goal. It helps to create motivational energy to move you through the stages of change. By creating a wellness vision, it makes moving forward easier as you are utilizing your core values and best experiences boosting your confidence in achieving your goal.
When you're done, you should be able to create a vision of what you want, rather than what you don't want (current position). It is a compelling statement of who you are and what health-promoting behaviors you want to do consistently.
What's Working Now?
Take a look at your current successes. What are you currently doing to support your goal (health & well-being, career, etc. )? What elements in your life do you feel best about? What way did you contribute to making those true or possible?
For example, let's say that you want to live a healthier life by eating better and exercising. Perhaps you've reduced eating out to one day a week. Perhaps you are feeling really great about planning your grocery shopping trips and actually eating the food you buy, instead of grabbing fast food. Perhaps the way you've contributed to making this possible is that you are looking up new recipes that you'd like to try and that get you excited.
What Are Your Strengths?
Identify your strengths. What are your success stories? What gives you pride? What qualities do you most appreciate about yourself?
For example, maybe you've quit smoking! That's a huge success and something to be proud about! Through this process you've learned that you have determination and the perseverance to achieve anything!
Identify ways that you can thrive. What makes you thrive? When are you most alive?
For example, you absolutely love getting outdoors. After quitting smoking, you've found hiking not only easier, but you actually love it- to the point that you look forward to getting out each weekend for a hike. You love how your body has regenerated itself and how it's healing, whereas before hiking was hard, today each step of your hike reminds you of your journey to quitting smoking and living a healthier life. When you summit your mountains, you stand proud because you did it! You look down on the trail behind you to see how far you've come and this makes you feel alive, excited and hopeful.
What is most important to you right now. Given all that is going well, what are you wishing? What elements of your health and well-being (career, etc.) do you want to improve?
For example, you're goal is to live a healthier life. You've quit smoking. Each weekend you get outside for a hike, but you'd really like to add something more during the week to help you prepare a little bit better for those hikes. You also would like to start eating healthier.
What is your motivation? What are the benefits of making changes now? What is the driving force behind the desire to change now? What do you treasure most about potential change?
For example, you've been on a roll! You've quit smoking, but packed on a couple of extra pounds in the process. You feel better since quitting smoking, but you want to start looking better too. You want the ability to fuel your body with the proper nutrients it needs to sustain your body for some hiking- maybe even an upcoming backpacking trip that you are considering training for.
Describe your vision in detail. What are the most important elements in your vision? What would you look like and feel like at your ideal level of wellness? What kind of person do you want to be when it comes to your health and well-being? Paint a picture of it for yourself.
For example, I see myself fit, no longer struggling to catch my breath, or struggling to carry my pack on a hike. I am strong and lean and feel great- no aches or pains. I feel present, peaceful, and able to make smart decisions for myself. I feel great mentally, physically, and emotionally.
Re-Visit Past Successes
Discover previous positive experiences with elements of your vision. What have been your best experiences to date with the key elements of your vision- times when you have felt alive and fully engaged?
For example, I was able to quit smoking and stay smoke-free. This took a lot of hard work, determination, and the ability to identify my triggers and rewire my brain stop my addiction. Because of this I am now healthier and able to do things that I never thought possible- like hiking comfortably. Quitting smoking has made me not only feel healthier, but has given me the motivation to improve my life by eating healthier and exercising. Before, I did not have that motivation, but now I am ready for this change.
Use Your Strengths to Help You Realize Your Vision
Identify your strengths and values that could be used to reach the vision. Without being modest, what do you value most about your life? What values does your wellness vision support? What strengths can you draw on to help you close that gap and realize your vision? How can the lessons from your successes in life carry over to your current situation?
For example, I value my life. Quitting smoking has helped me to realize that I can accomplish anything I set my mind towards. My life is important and in order for me to honor this vessel, I must treat it and love it better- like nourishing it with healthier foods and moving my body.
Challenges That Hurt Your Confidence
Identify obstacles to boosting your confidence. What challenges do you anticipate having to deal with on the way to reaching your vision? What concerns you most?
For example, I anticipate that there will be days that I'm too tired to exercise or that I will crave unhealthy foods. My biggest concerns would be that I neglect exercising or buying a bunch of crap foods at the store that would be less healthy than buying fast foods.
Explore the strategies and structures needed to navigate challenges and ensure success. What people, resources, systems, and environments can you draw to help you realize your vision and meet your challenges? What strategies may be effective in helping you realize your vision and meet your challenges?
For example, I could join a weekly class at the rec center to keep me on track with working out a few days a week. I could have some accountability buddies that I work out with. I could join social media groups that share easy, healthy recipes. I can make sure that I eat before going to the grocery store so I'm not tempted to grab food that's not on my list. I can continue to keep a "cheat day" so that if I decide to eat unhealthy, won't go overboard and carry it on through the week. I can change up my exercise routine so that I don't get bored. I could even add in activities like playing basketball or swimming as a way of exercising.
Go over what you've written down. Make any adjustments where they are needed. Re-write it if necessary so that it flows in harmony with your vision. Again, paint the picture for yourself making it clear what it is you want and how you look at the end.
State your vision out loud. Do it in front of the mirror and then commit to it!
Remember: Don't try to commit to too much at once. You don't want to overwhelm yourself. Only commit to what you are ready to change. If you aren't ready to change, you will struggle to make that change. And if you'd like more guidance on how to create a vision statement, join me for my FREE workshop where I will walk you through creating your own vision statement.