Choosing a job or a career path that will both provide you decent living and make you happy is no easy task. One thing that can definitely help is to visualize how your life would be if everything worked out perfectly. Visualizing it and writing it on paper will increase the chances that you actually get to lead it. When you have clarity on what you want to achieve, you start doing things that, even if you aren’t aware of it, increase your chances of achieving it.
The activity involves visualizing a “best possible future” for yourself in in the following areas of your life: personal and professional. Imagine that in the next 10 years, your life has gone as well as it possibly could have.
Step 1: Visualize your future ideal self
Visualize how your ideal life would look, ten years from today, if you were able to achieve everything you wish to achieve in in your personal and professional (work) life.
Get a pen and paper and get started!
Step 2: Write your story
Now that you have imagined that for the next ten years, life has gone as well as it possibly could have, what has happened? How has life turned out for you? What have you been able to achieve personally and in your work?
Now, write down how a typical day in your life would look like, personally and in your work. For example, in the “Personal” space, you could write: “I have 2 healthy and happy children. I love them a lot and I can afford to spend time with them and to take them to the seashore every year.”
- Personal Life
Step 3: Answer a few questions about your best possible life
- Is there something that surprised you in what you wrote in Step 2?
- Which part of your best possible life are you most satisfied with – personal or professional? Which part needs more work?
- In order to have this best possible life, what should you do?
This activity based on the material developed by Raj Raghunathan, a Professor of Marketing and Psychology at McCombs School of Business at University of Texas Austin.