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Creating Your 5 Year Vision

Over the years we have spoken a lot about goals and habits, how to achieve your goals and even your yearly intentions. But lately I have given a lot of thought to my five year vision. For mothers the thought of five years from now can be too emotional to comprehend - gosh I will have twin 12 year olds and a 5 year old! However, on a personal level, a five year vision is so beneficial. Do you ever think about where you want to be in five years or what you want to achieve by that time? Yes, you often get asked this question in a job interview but it is also a fantastic question to ask yourself, for yourself. 


If you are anything like me, I feel daunted by the mere thought of creating my five year plan. But don’t you worry, I am here to help you! Identifying and developing your five year goals is such a great exercise in personal growth, living intentionally, and creating a life that you love.


Step 1: Review and reflect


This is a simple exercise of reflection on all aspects of your life: your career, relationships, finances  and personal time. Take the time to think about what is working for you, and what you would like to change. Think about your priorities and where you would like them to be. Really think about it. Don’t just think “my relationship is fine” but rather think about how could you make it better, what would benefit you and your partner more, how can your relationship be more fulfilling — what is working and what is not. 


Step 2: Work out what it is that you want


This is often a tough question: What do you want? Again, examine all aspects of your life and work out what you want from them. Slow down, think about it, look at your reflections and they will guide you. Also start thinking about your dreams and desires — these are the types of realisations that lead to life changing goals. 


Step 3: Visualise


I always just start by writing a list of things that you want in my life and how I want to spend my life. Do not think things are too small or too big and certainly do not hold back or judge yourself. Take this opportunity to write down your dreams — this is a safe space to express your inner most dreams so put yourself out there and be honest. 


Step 4: Identify your personal growth areas


I like to then take my list from step 3 and categorise the items into what I call “personal growth areas” such as relationship, career, health, community, spiritual. You will soon see which areas have more wants and needs than others. 


Step 5: It’s goal setting time


Now it’s time to set goals for each growth area. Turning your wants into reality is simply a goal (and hard work) away. You will soon be able to identify your goals for your growth areas. But beware: don’t have vague, not committal goals. I like using the SMART goal method which means each goal is Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant and has a Timeframe to it. 


Yes I know, it is all easier said than done. My advice is take the time to do it, time block space in your diary to think about these steps and enjoy the process. Don’t give up in the face of small hurdles and remember difficulties along the way are part of the course. No one said you can click your fingers and change will happen but taking one step at a time to turn the life you have into the life you want is certainly worth the work. 

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