In the first two steps of this series of posts, we covered mindset, the nature of thought and your vision. Hopefully, you completed the perfect day exercise in my last post, if you missed it, you can click here to read it now and then come back here after.
So the 3rd step is The Design – taking some of the vision we created in the previous step, breaking it down into life accounts and creating a plan to get from where we currently are to where we want to be.
If we don’t take time out of our busy lives to do the work this step entails, we will find ourselves in constant drift and we really do not want to be doing that. Watching the years pass by and ending up wondering where did all the time go and filled with regret.
There is literally not a moment to lose. Your life is far too important for this to wait.
There are many exercises which I go through with my clients that help with the design element of the overall plan to have it all but I would like to share with you part of an exercise that can create positive change fast. The credit for this goes to Michael Hyatt, I learnt it from his excellent book Living Forward.
We all have bank accounts, and we are used to accessing what the current state of them is in relation to the balance it contains. Do we have enough and is the balance growing or declining? Based on our ongoing activities and attitudes, will the bank balance increase over the coming months and years to where we want it to be or will it decrease?
We tend not to think of our lives in the same way but we should. We can take all the sum parts of our life and break them down into accounts that work in the same way our bank account does. Sometimes the balance is where we want it to be, sometimes it is not. The balance we have in each of our life accounts could be increasing because of our actions, or it may be decreasing, and we are not putting any efforts in place to reverse that.
So here is what I would like you to do. Create a list of your ‘life accounts’. You can have as many or as few as you wish but 7-10 would probably be ideal for the exercise we will be doing.
To get you started here is the list of my accounts:
Now that you have your list of life accounts consider their current ‘state’. In each area is the balance you have in each account growing or is it declining? It could be that it is neither and just stays the same, it is consistent.
Take a moment and write next to each account if it is growing, declining or consistent. This will help you clarify which accounts need the most attention.
Next, for each account I would like you to do the following:
1. Create a Purpose Statement
A purpose statement for each life account is a declaration of what your responsibility is in that area, as the manager of that account.
So for example, for my physical account my purpose statement says:
“My purpose is to maintain my body in an optimum state at all times so that I can perform to the best of my abilities. It is my responsibility to exercise regularly, eat well and only to do that wish serves me and my body best.”
So go ahead and write a similar purpose statement for each of your accounts.
2. Create an Envisioned Future Statement
This is a statement for each account about how you want the future state of it to look BUT stated in the present tense, not the future.
I’ll use my envisioned future statement from my physical account as an example.
“I am lean and strong, have tremendous energy, vitality and fitness levels. I am of ideal body weight for my height and have a clean bill of health. I am well rested and hydrated and have all the required energy to fulfil my daily goals and tasks.”
Ok, over to you. Write out your envisioned future statements for each account.
3. State The Current Reality
Now you have your purpose statements, and you have clearly identified how you want each account to look with your envisioned future statements. Now it is time to get real, be honest with ourselves and look at how our current reality aligns with our envisioned future.
So write out a list of what you are already doing in each account towards your envisioned future.
Some of the ones I wrote out for my physical account are:
I take regular walks
I eat reasonably well but portion size is too large, and I eat too many wheat products.
I drink plenty of water but do not measure it so I have no idea actually how much.
You get the idea. Now write yours out.
4. Specific Commitments List
Now we have openly and honestly identified what we are currently doing in each account we can see the gap between where we are and our envisioned future.
In the last part of this exercise, we are going to begin the process of bridging that gap by creating a list of specific commitments for each account. A list of what we will commit to doing in order to make our envisioned future our current reality.
Some examples of mine:
Drink 3 litres of water a day. Grab two 1.5L bottles each morning and have them on my desk or with me so I know I hit my target.
Switch to from white carbs to ‘good’ ones – sweet potato, brown rice and cut the white bread/breakfast items down to once per week.
Do strength based training three days per week.
Ok, so read your envisioned future statements again for each account and then write your specific commitments for each so you can bridge the gap.
When you have completed this exercise, you will have a list of specific actions that you can take across all your life accounts.
Some will be daily commitments, others weekly or perhaps monthly.
All that is left to do know is schedule them into your daily routine and before you know it, your envisioned future will be your present day experience.
Set aside some time when you can be alone and get this exercise done, it is incredibly powerful.
As always, I’d love to hear your thoughts below or email me directly. I’ll post the next of the 5 Steps To a Fearless Life & Having It all soon. Sign up for our newsletter below to be sure you don’t miss it. If you think this post could help someone, please share it.
Until next time, Live Fearlessly!