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“It’s the job that’s never started that takes the longest to finish.”

 J. R. R. Tolkien


As a coach, it seems easier to pull teeth than it is to get a client to write out their personal vision.  They often complain it takes too long.  That’s more than likely an excuse, it’s not the time that is the obstacle, it’s the mental and emotional effort to write down what it is one really wants out of life, afraid to allow themselves to think what may never come true.

Get started today, right now.  It’s not something you are chiseling into stone.  Your vision is a living document and should be periodically adjusted and rewritten.  In our corporate program, Mental Toughness University, we have the students write their personal vision in the form of a letter to a friend, dated 5-10 years from today.

Ask yourself, “What do I want my life to look like and be like in five years? Or ten?”

Students are encouraged to write a page for each of 8 areas of life:

1) Business/Career

2) Family/Friends

3) Money/Finances

4) Recreation/Fun

5) Health/Diet/Exercise

6) Faith/Spiritual

7) Social/Cultural

8) Personal Development

Pick the area that most stands out to you right now and begin writing that letter.  Don’t think about how to accomplish what you are writing, just go with it.  Allow yourself to free-flow this emotional “business plan” and paint the picture of how you really want your life to be in five or ten years.  Without a written vision, you doom yourself to the status quo or worse.  No one takes a vacation without a destination in mind, why would you take the trip called “your life” without one?

The research shows that less than 5% of folks will actually take the time to write out a vision for their lives, and in my experience, it doesn’t happen without the pressure of your job being on the line.  Here’s your chance to instantly vault into the top 5% in all the world, go write the letter.

Boo yah!

What Is Your Personal Vision?

As a consultant/coach, the most important thing for me to learn about my client is what their personal vision is for their life.  Ask yourself these questions:


What do I want my life to look like 5 years from now?

What do I want my life to look like 10 years from now?

What choices am I making today that puts my on the path to getting there?

Saipan. One hands is holding a glass sphere and it projects the sky and the clouds at the beach.


Most people have no personal vision and are starkly afraid to think about what their lives will look like in 5 or 10 years, especially if they continue doing what they are doing, and have been doing.  Each of us MUST have a personal vision.  What’s that Andrew? Sounds like a buzz word from a motivational speaker.  I know, it’s so over-used and under-explained.


Vision is the act of gazing at an internal sight; or a sight mentally, seen in the mind’s eye  (imagination).  We have to be brave enough to see in our mind’s eye what our lives will look like in 5 years if we stay on the track we are on.  It’s scary because deep down we know the ugly truth is, well, UGLY.  Create an internal sight, in your mind’s eye of a great life in 5 years time.  Think about everything you want your life to be, if it was possible.  Don’t think about why it can’t happen, or that it’ll never happen.  Think only about what you would want your life to be if nothing was impossible.  It might not be probable, but it is possible.  Take probable off the table for this exercise in creating a personal vision for yourself.  (Imagine what you would do if you won the Clearing House Ed McMahon thingee, if you can’t get there any other way.)


This is the very FIRST STEP toward having a great life in 5 or 10 years, build your personal vision.  What’s your house look like that you are living in? Do you have a speed boat? Do you look smoking hot like a fitness model?  My friend Steve Siebold has his clients pretend to write a letter to a friend about their life and what it looks like 5 years into the future.  Be sure to tell as much detail as possible (like how great your back patio is with a hot tub, stone fire pit, water fall, flat screen TV, full bar, outdoor kitchen, etc.)


Boo Yah!!


PS. If you want help building a personal vision dealing specifically with your health, fitness, or weight loss CLICK HERE.