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Focus Challenge Day 2: Your Ideal Future

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For Challenge Day 2

Welcome to Day 2 of the 5-day Focus Challenge. If you haven’t yet, make sure to complete Day 1 before attempting today’s challenge. Today’s challenge is all about identifying your ideal future so you can start making progress towards creating it.

Let’s get started.

“I hate my job.”

No, I didn’t say that. I actually LOVE my job (it’s incredibly rewarding helping people take massive action on their goals and achieve the future they’ve always dreamed of). But based on a 2014 Gallup poll, it is true for the majority of Americans. According to Gallup, 70% of Americans think their job sucks.

And chances are it’s not just their job that sucks. Chances are, they are also unhappy about their relationships, their living environment, or the fact that they don’t work out as often as they should.

Many of them are stuck in a vicious cycle of negativity and they feel like they can’t escape it. Maybe you’ve been there. Maybe you’re there right now. I don’t know the specifics of your situation, but I do know one thing:

You have the power and the potential to change.

And all you need to do is change where you’re going.

I recently attended a conference where one of the speakers encouraged the attendees (all business people looking to take their companies to the next level) to “escape the cycle of suck” and dare to dream of a different future.

Today, I give you the same advice – choose today to “escape the cycle of suck.” Fortunately, it’s not that difficult – all you need to do to change your path. If you don’t like where you are, stop doing what you’ve always done! And the way that you do this is by choosing not to look at your past. Instead, look to your ideal future.

Identifying your ideal future is extremely important. You will never achieve success by accident. You must identify where you are going before you figure out how you’re going to get there. The picture of your ideal future is the signpost you use to make sure that you are moving in the right direction.

Much like a tree in a corn maze.

Navigating the corn maze of life

Every fall, I take my family to a nearby farm. It’s become a tradition for us. My kids love to visit the farm, climb on the hay bails, feed the animals, ride the tractor, and my wife and I love the apple pies. But our favorite things to do there is the corn maze (I know, it’s a total midwest thing).

Corn maze

Last fall when we made our annual visit, I went through the corn maze with my 8 year old son. Because we went during the week, the farm was pretty much empty and we were the only ones going through the maze at that time. So as we were navigating the maze, it struck me how quiet it was and how scary this same experience might be to an 8-year old if they didn’t have their father right there with them. Think about it – to an 8 year old, the corn maze is enormous. Not only does it span several acres, but because the corn goes over your head you literally can’t see the end of it – nothing but corn as far as your little eyes can see.

As we navigated the corn maze together, we came to an elevated platform in the middle of the maze. When you walk up the stairs to the platform, you’re able to see the entire corn maze at once. This helps you get your bearings and decide where you should go. From up here, you can see several details you miss while in the maze: where you started, how far you’ve come, the overall size of the maze, and most importantly, the location of the exit.

Once you find the exit, you can then find a marker – like a big tree near the exit – that you can use while navigating from within the corn maze. This tree can serve as a focal point to make sure you are going the right way. Even though you can’t see the exit, as long as you’re moving towards your focal point (the tree) you can be sure you are moving in the right direction.
The picture of your ideal future will provide the motivation to stick with it when things don’t go exactly like you want.

That’s exactly what the picture of your ideal future does.

We all have reasons to be unsatisfied with where we are right now. But if all you do is complain about your current situation, you’ll never be able to get out of the corn maze. You have to find a marker and start moving towards it. You must choose to escape the cycle of suck and start moving towards the future that you’ve always dreamed of before you can ever achieve it.

Those who do not think about the future cannot have one. – Michael Kami

So today, choose to focus on where you’re going, not where you’ve been. Abraham Lincoln once said that the best part about the future is that it arrives one day at a time. Your future begins today, but first you must choose to be intentional about where you are going and crate a mental image of your ideal future.

Exercise

Spend at least 10 minutes today thinking about your ideal future. Picture yourself in 5 years, 10 years, even 20 years – what does a day in the life of future you look like? What would it look like if you were wildly successful? Here are some important details to consider:

  • What time do you get up in the morning?
  • What do you during the day?
  • What kind of job do you have?
  • What do you do for fun?
  • What do you do for exercise?
  • Where do you live?
  • Who are the important people in your life that are there with you?
  • What kind of car do you drive?
  • What is your relationship with your significant other like?
  • What is your relationship with your kids (if you have any) like?

Once you know what kind of future you want, WRITE IT DOWN! You could either use words or pictures if you prefer, but be as specific as possible. The more specific you are about your ideal future, the stronger the image gets imprinted in your mind and the stronger your “why” becomes. This will become very important in helping you follow through and take action to achieve your ideal future, even when you don’t feel like it.

Once you’re done, let us know in the comments. If you are using a picture, feel free to share it (you can use a Dropbox link or Pasteboard)!

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153 Comments

Posted by Jon Surratt  | May 23, 2017 at 7:24AM | Reply

I spent about 10 minutes reflecting on my 5 year vision, which I had previously created alongside my wife, and imagining the details of what it will look like to live in that setting. I think reflecting on this more often, perhaps by having a physical picture (I remember the suggestions from the podcast, just not very artistic, but my wife is), would help.

Posted by Marti  | May 23, 2017 at 7:44AM | Reply

Thank you for this prompt. I realized that I’m actually not too far off from my ideal life. There are a couple of key issues that need my continued focus and attention.

Posted by Sue  | May 23, 2017 at 7:44AM | Reply

Hadn’t thought so specifically about this for awhile now and realized that I lost the clarity which also impacted my drive. I completed DAY 2 and I’m feeling a little more focused today. Thanks for the reminder!

Posted by Jens  | May 23, 2017 at 7:58AM | Reply

I took the time to actually write some things down and it got more clear what matters to me and what doesn’t. At the same time I feel like I’m also not too far off but need to make several adjustments. I especially like that sense and change of perspective that this task provides.

Posted by Amanda Watson  | May 23, 2017 at 8:06AM | Reply

I read this as soon as I could this morning. With a coffee in hand I started to jot down some key differences between my present and my future. I’ve never sat and allowed myself to document a dream. It’s both exciting and nerve-wracking.

I’m excited to continue this journey with you to see how I take steps towards that dream.!

Posted by Deanne  | May 23, 2017 at 8:08AM | Reply

Good exercise! Realized that there are a couple of tweaks I need to make to my life now to reach my ideal future.

Posted by Kim  | May 23, 2017 at 8:55AM | Reply

This is a really valuable exercise. A few years ago I was asked to be a local “ambassador” for Lululemon, the yoga apparel company. One of the first rites they put us through was a goal-setting workshop in which we had to envision what our ideal life looked like 10 years from now. We had to articulate that “vision plan” in a 300-word written statement (including many of the details you mention here) and define 10-year, 5-year, and 1-year goals that would get us there (with deadlines). We had to write everything in the present tense. And then… THEY POSTED IT PUBLICLY IN THE STORE, with our names and photos. (!!) It took me two months to write the thing, mostly because I had to figure out what I really wanted–not just what was possible within the limitations/parameters of my current life. This exercise gave me a lens through which to view and evaluate future opportunities — some “fun” projects became less attractive because they did not relate to my goals. Other assignments I might have overlooked suddenly stood out as if written in neon. I’ll be darned if I didn’t start checking those goals off right away. The paper still hangs where I can see it every day. Now, it is time to rewrite/revise it, in part because some goals have been realized, and in part because others have changed. Thanks for giving me the impetus to revisit this valuable practice. It is one of the most useful things I have ever done.

Posted by Gemma Billings  | May 23, 2017 at 9:06AM | Reply

I spent some time looking up the software for a dream job (TV/film production scheduler) and immediately saw myself surrounded by green, calmly working from my kitchen window and being able to focus just on the task at hand (with occasional slips to the great coffee next to me). Man. That made my approach to my current workday completely different.

Then I cleaned my desk to cut down on distractions. Yay AE!

Posted by Ben Phi  | May 23, 2017 at 9:35AM | Reply

This was super helpful as a student who just entered college, a highly autonomous and rigorous journey that is probably the most demanding adventure I’ve ever gone on. Because of this, it is easy for me to get caught in my assignments, community involvement, internships, etc. without catching sight of what it all really means. I do assignments regularly but I never think about why I do them, and I feel like that contributes to the stress and unhappiness I’ve had ever since I came in: not considering why I do things makes it easy for deep-seated resentments and stress to occupy my thoughts.

After considering this, I feel like it’s time for a change. I time-blocked a half-hour period to think about the broader scheme of things at my time at university, giving myself 30 minutes instead of 10 because I have such a wide area to work with. I thought about what kind of person I want to be when I graduate, and what I want to establish myself as by then, what traits and abilities I want, the things I want to have, what I want to know. I listed these things in Evernote (my daily driver for note-taking) and spent 10 of those minutes thinking about what all of those things look like when interlocked into one picture.

In a brief description, I wanted to, of course, graduate in the first place, which replaced my resentment for assignments with recognition that each assignment put me closer and closer to that graduation day. I wanted to have job-ready experience for the major I was in (computer science) so that I could have a stress-free time getting into my career seamlessly, which gave another purpose to those internships I took. Rather than serving as “community involvement” I was equipping my future self with the skills needed for success.

These are just a few examples, I have way too many to list in this post, but I have crafted an image of where I want to be.

Although I cannot change my path, I can change how I view my current path and I recognize that where I’m heading is more ideal than I thought, and I feel like that is suitable completion of today’s challenge.

Posted by Kaity  | May 23, 2017 at 9:59AM | Reply

My husband and I tried to sit down and do this a couple weeks ago after I listened to one of your podcasts. We actually found it quite overwhelming to try and plan the rest of our lives out in great details. We also realized that in many areas of our future lives, we were unsure what we even wanted.

The questions above were helpful as a guide. It helped me to not get overwhelmed by everything I could envision. I also realized that I could just spend ten or so minutes envisioning some of my future. I don’t have to sit down and plan every year of my life out in one sitting.

I am also considering making Pinterest boards for 5, 10, 20 years in the future :)

Posted by Mary Lynn  | May 23, 2017 at 10:23AM | Reply

After reading this post, I quickly sketched a tree with five specific goals within the branches. Each goal follows a different time line, but with previous lessons learned (12-Week Year), I can now focus on the long- and short-term tasks that will get me out of the corn maze to my tree!

Posted by Justin  | May 23, 2017 at 10:32AM | Reply

Spent a few minutes going over what I like to call my “Mission Statement”. I do this weekly & sometimes daily to remember where I am headed and the life I want to live. Thanks for the prompt today. Really gets your life focused like a laser and moving toward the expected end! Great Stuff!!

Posted by Kendal  | May 23, 2017 at 10:53AM | Reply

I have done this exercise many times before, but I fail to ever look at it again. I like the idea of writing it down and having it in a place that I will review it frequently.

Posted by Wei Wu  | May 23, 2017 at 10:58AM | Reply

After spend a few minutes to answer these questions, I feel it is very helpful for me to organize my thoughts and picture my future. Thanks for providing such a good opportunity to think and organize ourselves!

Posted by Erin  | May 23, 2017 at 11:01AM | Reply

Day 2 – DONE. I resisted the urge to overthink this and really kept it to 10 minutes. The term “wildly successful” is a strange one to consider in my business (the music business), because it can mean a life that is truly too wild and foreign to imagine. I replaced it with “living a beautiful life”.

Posted by Dave W  | May 23, 2017 at 11:03AM | Reply

I spent about 15 minutes and really just focused on the next 5 years. I’ll come back to 10 or 20 later.

Posted by Jason  | May 23, 2017 at 11:05AM | Reply

Wonderful analogy with the Corn Maze. Like a few others have commented, I feel pretty good about where I’m at careerwise. But I do have a hobby and a life goal (traveling to France) that could really benefit from this approach. Time to get started!

Posted by Kenneth Tang  | May 23, 2017 at 11:12AM | Reply

I had a three year vision for work as that is probably the maximum time I have before I am rotated for another assignment. In the current job scope, I hope to build a legacy and equip my team to have core values of determination, hard work, innovation and striving for excellence. To this end, I planned a series of topics to share on a monthly basis, ranging from how to focus (will use material from this site) to leadership, self management, team management and analytical skills. I am raring to go.

However it’s not so easy for my private life. I want to be a good investor to plan for retirement. But every night I return home tired as I exhausted my focus in the day. Hopefully, in the next few days, there will be more tips to deal with this!

Thanks!

Posted by Audrey  | May 23, 2017 at 11:14AM | Reply

This was really helpful. As a student, I am encouraged to think about my future purely from a work point of view. Writings down the answers to these questions allowed me to see a bigger picture of what I want my life to be and what kind of person I want to become. Looking forward to day 3 !

Posted by Sara  | May 23, 2017 at 11:20AM | Reply

Great way to find out where you are and how far you still need to go and how

Posted by John  | May 23, 2017 at 11:23AM | Reply

As some others have mentioned, trying to immediately come up specific details of these can be overwhelming. For me, it helped to answer a few of the questions in general terms, then go back and add more details as the image developed in my head.

Posted by Peter  | May 23, 2017 at 11:29AM | Reply

“The best way to predict the future is to create it”

One of my “quarterly focus blocks” is to reflect on the future and how to create it,
I don’t believe so much in specifics for 15, 15, 20, … years. Our world is changing too rapidly. But if you take the concept of “means goals vs. end goals” (Mindvalley – Vishen Lakhiani) and implement it you get quite a bit in the right direction.

Posted by Steven  | May 23, 2017 at 11:41AM | Reply

This is one of those things that seems (to skeptics) like a colossal waste of time an energy for no benefit, but in practice is completely the opposite.

Extremely useful to visualize myself having having the life I want.

Posted by Pat  | May 23, 2017 at 11:43AM | Reply

This was an excellent exercise. For many years I was really ‘big’ on goal setting/planning not only from a business sense but also personally. I fell off the rails in 2014 when I lost my sister and a nephew months apart. What I wasn’t prepared for (if one could do such a thing) is the realization and dealing with the deep impact this would have on my life. Today’s exercise was truly a wake-up call that I need to get more focus in my life. I am very encouraged by not only the exercise of Day 2 – can’t wait to see what Day 3 has in store.

Posted by Rosalia  | May 23, 2017 at 11:45AM | Reply

Such a great challenge! I have said I “should,” but never actually have sat down to think about my ideal future. I just spent 20 minutes writing– my pen barely left the paper! I have such a clear picture of what I want now and all the possibilities. I’m seeing the areas I have not made an effort to improve and now see I need to work to make those small changes day by day to get to where I want. I spent the remaining time getting started on an application I’ve been putting off!

Posted by Lindsay  | May 23, 2017 at 11:55AM | Reply

I already had vision statements for each of the major areas of my life, so I took some time to revise them. My language was a bit too lofty, so I brought it down to Earth, but my overall vision is still ambitious.

Posted by Jason  | May 23, 2017 at 11:58AM | Reply

This was a very inspiring exercise. It seems far off right now, but using it as a guide post will get me closer to the future I want. Thanks!

Posted by Alice  | May 23, 2017 at 12:02PM | Reply

This exercise was much easier than I anticipated. Once I started writing, it all started to flow. The hardest thing was starting to edit myself–I would write something and say, in my head, “well, that’s not realistic.” I kept reminding myself to write it ALL down! I may add to this as we go.

Posted by Jason Stone  | May 23, 2017 at 12:20PM | Reply

I was incredibly productive this morning during my 30-minute “Focus Block”. It was amazing to me how easy it was for me to focus on doing what must be done knowing I only had to do it for 30 minutes. I was able to accomplish more in that 30 minutes of scheduled uninterrupted time then I usually get done all morning.

I love the comparison of life to a corn maze, because that is exactly what it feels like to me and exactly what I need to do go navigate my live in the direction I want it to go. It took me only 30 minutes to create my perfect life and I was totally surprised by what that life would look like. While there was certainly a tree I needed to use as my landmark, the thing I found most amazing about this challenge was that many of the things I envisioned doing 5, 10 and even 20 years from now are things that I could be doing right now – this very day. Like spending more time with loved ones and being more present in the moment there with them. Like spending more time with my dog, Jack, walking and visiting retirement villages / dog shelters. Starting to do these things now will certainly make the journey of navigating the corn maze more enjoyable now that I have found my landmark tree to help me move in the right direction to achieve my goals. Thank you for this wonderful challenge! I’m really jazzed about what you will have for us tomorrow!

Posted by Chris  | May 23, 2017 at 12:43PM | Reply

Was easier for me to work backwards on these questions. But I read through them each several times and added pieces as I did. It’s more difficult to put time-frames on each.

Posted by Jeri  | May 23, 2017 at 12:46PM | Reply

I’ve never attempted this before. I spent about 15 minutes getting down some logistical facts: the year it will be, how old my spouse and I will be in 5, 10, 15 years. Whether we will be working or retired. Also our kids and parents, since our lives are currently focused on getting them through school and launched into the world and taking care of our aging parents. One thing that really struck me was that I will be “old” (I didn’t even do the 20 year time frame – yikes). It really is time for me to think about when & how we should transition to more leisure & less work. Lots of change coming for me!

Posted by Johann Smit  | May 23, 2017 at 12:50PM | Reply

I reviewed my life plan that I created a while back from the 12 week year dojo course. Focus on the outcomes, but good exercise to revisit again. I am looking at it in the morning and evening – and still what i wanted, but thanks for the reminder to check if this was still what I wanted ;-)

Posted by Jan  | May 23, 2017 at 12:51PM | Reply

Good timing for this focusing exercise give days in a row. Heaven sent, helps me back on track. After several setbacks I have had several doubts bout my future. All the images/ answers come so clear to me! Thanks!

Posted by Jeff  | May 23, 2017 at 1:03PM | Reply

Just got a new job in December and I love it! Brand new to the idea of “productivity” and I’m excited about this challenge. The focus block really help set the tone for the day

Posted by Andrew  | May 23, 2017 at 1:06PM | Reply

This was a great exercise. It forced me to focus on things that are far off enough that I would not ordinarily think about them with much substance, let alone actually write them down.

Posted by Janeson  | May 23, 2017 at 1:19PM | Reply

This really helped me clarify what I actually want, how close or far aways I am from it, and how I can motivate myself to move in the direction I want to do. The 10 minutes was a start; I want to continue to work on this regularly.

Posted by Gail Nott  | May 23, 2017 at 1:33PM | Reply

I naturally wake up around 6am every day. In the morning, I take care of my pets, have tea, stretch, meditate, and journal. During the day I coach clients, write, and film videos. I have several businesses both online and in-person, supporting women entrepreneurs in building a business with security, freedom, and flexibility. For fun, I go on outings with my husband, family, and friends. We like to travel, go wine tasting, go camping, and try new restaurants. For exercise, I hike, and I do kickboxing and pilates. I love having a self-driving car or when needed, a private driver. My husband and I love building our businesses, as well as traveling together.

Posted by Tomas  | May 23, 2017 at 1:42PM | Reply

This exercise forced me to think deeper into what I want to accomplish in 5, 10 and 20 years from now. I spend 15 minutes, and feel that more time and deeper thought is needed. Booked more time to go over my thoughts.

Posted by Neil  | May 23, 2017 at 1:45PM | Reply

Good timing! I decided to shift my agenda with my coach today to review my BIG rocks, to answer the above exercise questions and took time to connect with my future self. I reaffirmed I am on a joyful and relevant path, and my fresh insights led to researching new opportunities. Life Coach // Civic Engagement/Technology // Community Engagement // Project Management – all areas I am working in, serving myself and my community. Onwards!

Posted by David Calder  | May 23, 2017 at 1:51PM | Reply

done – well to be honest done a while ago. working toward them now.

Posted by Tom S  | May 23, 2017 at 2:00PM | Reply

I’m 53 and have a son who just turned two. He’s my first child. I love my work (been in business for about 30 years) and my life in general. But I need to make sure I am healthy and vital so that I can continue to be there for my family, especially my little guy. This exercise is helping me focus on how to insure that.

Posted by DivaJo  | May 23, 2017 at 2:01PM | Reply

Since I have just about everything I want and can do little to change it (I am almost 80), my focus is on short term stuff: keeping affairs in order, balancing smelling the roses with maintaining my “tribe,” finishing my stuck-in-the-bottom-drawer novel before I die. I do have to say, I’m where I want to be precisely because of serious attention to vision, challenging goals, and determination since the 80s. It can be done.

Posted by Andrew  | May 23, 2017 at 2:01PM | Reply

Wow! How the truly important rises to the top when you think about the future! And it wasn’t really until I started typing that I realized which things were most important to me.

Posted by Michael Peay  | May 23, 2017 at 2:10PM | Reply

Very good timing on this. I’m considering changing jobs but really need to have a clear idea of what I’m working towards.

Posted by Phill Coxon  | May 23, 2017 at 2:14PM | Reply

Done. I’ve already been working on this recently so a good opportunity to go back and increase detail, expand and improve.

Posted by Torsten  | May 23, 2017 at 2:18PM | Reply

Day 2 — Done ✅
Let’s not get into details here 😎

Posted by Joyce  | May 23, 2017 at 2:24PM | Reply

done! this is a good exercise.

Posted by John H. Miller  | May 23, 2017 at 2:43PM | Reply

I am about to start a new job at a new school in a new country and found this exercise very helpful as a way of thinking about this next adventure. Very happy to be on the focus journey with so many others!

Posted by Tanner G  | May 23, 2017 at 2:47PM | Reply

This is a great exercise. I try to do this every 6 months or so, but haven’t done it recently. I have a big transition in my job coming up, so the next 5 years will be about settling into my career while also keeping the door open on the niches available to me so I can maintain the career I love and avoid burnout. Hopefully in 10 years my wife and I will have a couple of children, purchased our first house (finally), paid down our student loans, and maintained financial stability enough that we can still afford the travel we both love. We plan on doing a yearly review together, focusing on the future and the coming 1, 5, and 10 years together. Thanks for the excerise!

Posted by Liz  | May 23, 2017 at 2:49PM | Reply

I’m one of the 70% who hates their current job. I love this type of exercise!

Posted by Jacob  | May 23, 2017 at 2:50PM | Reply

Currently working on attaining a new career, after 24 years in one industry. #1 Priority: New Career!!!

Posted by Brandon  | May 23, 2017 at 2:59PM | Reply

I won’t lie, this is not the easiest exercise given that currently, I’m struggling to see the forest for the trees. This is a great task to consciously force yourself to look up and ensure you are heading in the right direction. Points jotted down and standing on the platform!

Posted by Eric  | May 23, 2017 at 3:19PM | Reply

It was wonderful to lay out my ideal future! There were many surprises, as I didn’t let the past cloud the future. Several things that I’m totally engaged in now didn’t even make the list, which was very surprising (and freeing).

I’ve printed out the descriptions of where I’ll be on those dates (with an exact day, May 23, 2022, May 23, 2027,etc.), and have posted them on a wall in the kitchen (as wells as in my online calendar) to keep me focused and moving in the right direction.

Also will add these descriptions to a countdown calendar, so the number of days from now until then are tangible and dynamic.

Ready for tomorrow’s challenge #3.

Posted by Ravi Agarwal  | May 23, 2017 at 3:20PM | Reply

Great stuff couldn’t agree more. Well a very renowned author mentioned in his book that very first step towards being rich/successful is having an immense hunger and desire which is mentioned above in the post that one should see and visualize their future (though not that easy but not impossible too :)) and once we have that we can do our karma in order to achieve these future goals and plans.

Also couldn’t agree more with that fact that one needed to change their current way if they dare to see different future of theirs and trying coming out of this endless rat race (vicious cycle) and find their one thing and put every thing towards it.

Posted by EThan  | May 23, 2017 at 3:23PM | Reply

I feel imagining yourself in 3 years is the max you can go. 5 years, 10 years, even 20 years is assuming too much.

The iphone was barely introduced 10 years ago. Who could have imagined that!

Posted by Joel  | May 23, 2017 at 3:25PM | Reply

Donnnne.

Posted by Kim  | May 23, 2017 at 3:26PM | Reply

Thanks for the exercise. Starting on a vision board to help keep the future in focus. Got a lot of active activities lined up so my daily exercise routine will help with that. Good example about the corn maze. I have gotten so caught up in the maze that I can’t see the end. Now I feel like I can.

Posted by Yasin Najib  | May 23, 2017 at 3:29PM | Reply

It is part of my morning ritual to write down my 3 main life goals and 3 goals for the day in ink. (In the present tense… as if it has already happened). It makes it pre-exist …. more.
Then I try to be grateful.
The rest of the questions, I feel like I’ve already written down when I started the 12 week year. These are reviewed daily.

Posted by JL  | May 23, 2017 at 3:33PM | Reply

As I’m already 52, I focused on my future in 10 years. A lot to do since then.

Posted by Walter Long  | May 23, 2017 at 3:49PM | Reply

This is a great exercise, but I realize that I need to spend much more than 10 minutes on this area of my “productivity” planning. For years I have been stuck in a rut of trying to be more productive – In-box Zero, Omnifocus, lots of reading, tons of attempts at finding the right system, and quite a few dollars wasted on these attempts. What I realized in looking at this exercise is that I am simply trying to repair past mistakes or dig myself out of a pit of my own creation. Typically this all results in things running smoother for a bit and then more of the same. I NEED to spend some time in creating my future not digging out from the past.

Posted by Katie Shesko  | May 23, 2017 at 3:56PM | Reply

I just did this. It was scary because my ideal life doesn’t seem feasible with the way things are and would have to overcome some very big hurdles in order to get there. But it does give me something to work towards and perhaps working towards that general direction will get me something close to ideal.

Posted by Derek  | May 23, 2017 at 4:05PM | Reply

And, done again.

Posted by Cicely  | May 23, 2017 at 4:08PM | Reply

Done! V interesting and valuable exercise.

Posted by Gail  | May 23, 2017 at 4:08PM | Reply

I am not your target audience. For decades I have been debilitatingly ill and am now housebound with a chronic, incurable disease the cause of which is unknown to the medical community. I never know what I will be able to do from one day/hour/minute to the next because of my health challenges. So WHY am I reading your stuff?

I figure that with the smidgeon of energy I have, I want to use it productively. The web, email and Social Media are my main contacts with the world, so tho reducing time spent there is the goal for most in your audience, my goal is to use that time productively in terms of helping the millions of others others in situations similiar to mine.

Planning ahead 5, 10, and 20 years is not reasonable for me. Learning to live contentedly and graciously each day is where I aim.

Thank you for your help.

Posted by Chris Berger  | May 23, 2017 at 4:08PM | Reply

This was an awesome exercise and I loved it. I was at a Brendon Buchard event last September and was exposed to this type of thinking. I took some discipline and hard work, but I was able to describe these details and am now doing the hard work to attain them.

Thanks for giving me another opportunity to practice accountability!

Chris

Posted by Rachel Schmitz  | May 23, 2017 at 4:14PM | Reply

This is a great exercise for me as I tend to get caught up in the moment, the urgent presenting itself to me… that I don’t take time to reflect on where I’m going. Evaluating if what I’m doing daily is lining up with my long term goals and core values is the only way to make constant progress. It’s fun to really dream about where I would like to be in 5, 10, and 20 years… what life could be like.

Posted by Dominik  | May 23, 2017 at 4:24PM | Reply

Great exercise! It helps to set the beacon in the dark. The questions are quite materialistic though. But I guess everybody has to find the “why” that fits him.

Posted by Stephen  | May 23, 2017 at 4:29PM | Reply

This is powerful stuff. It sort of feels like I’m doing right by my future self.

Posted by Kimi  | May 23, 2017 at 4:47PM | Reply

I greatly enjoyed the analogy of the cornfield from a child’s perspective. Thank you!
It is definitely time for me to update my vision of the future as 1) it has been years since I have done this exercise, and 2) I am newly retired and currently relishing resting and doing whatever I want, when I want.
As I started my picture, I found the task harder than it used to be. My mind has not quite shifted from a work-oriented mindset and what I came up with at first did not match my new life. I discovered I have a nebulous idea of what my new future would look like. I live over a thousand miles from each of my family members, and my life had been so work-oriented that the majority of the people I calls friends are tied to the work place.
For starters, I have come up with a fuzzy picture that will get sharper as I get fill in more details. Thank you for the nudge towards creating this important piece of my life’s puzzle. It will help me to decide, among other things, where I want to live, who I want near me, and what I would like to pour my energies into. I was already loving my life, and with a clear picture, life will be SO much more enjoyable!

Posted by Sten Morten  | May 23, 2017 at 5:00PM | Reply

Done. Actually the first time I did this excersise, but certainly not the last. A very helpful and thought- stimulating process :-)

Posted by Bill  | May 23, 2017 at 5:32PM | Reply

I just bought a leather sleeve for the small Fields Notes memo books – and this was the perfect exercise for the first few pages. Thanks – I’m looking forward to tomorrow’s assignment!

Posted by Kate D.  | May 23, 2017 at 5:36PM | Reply

Discovery of the day — I’m out of the maze and have achieved my big life goals. Time to stop worrying about some mythical ideal way off in the future. It’s OK to enjoy the present.

Posted by Michael  | May 23, 2017 at 5:41PM | Reply

I completed this exercise not long ago after hearing it on a podcast. The challenge was a great reminder for me to review it.

Posted by Zaf Syrras  | May 23, 2017 at 5:43PM | Reply

This exercise was much easier than I anticipated. All done

Posted by Andrew Edwards  | May 23, 2017 at 6:05PM | Reply

This is timely as I just got a new job outside of my old department – a fresh start and pretty good position. And was looking to where this could take my life.
I’m looking to develop personally over the next few years (manage my short fuse, be a better listener) – gain control of my life by having clear plans for what I want to achieve month to month and year on year at home and work. I have started with my first morning ritual this week which I will look to build on and these will be a big part of my life. Our family will move home in about 5 years to ensure my children getting into a decent school – the house a 4 bed detached will have a spacious garden and be somewhere on the outskirts of town (green open spaces). Work by this point will be going well – I will be well respected by my peers and depended on by my bosses – I’ll be looking at making the next step possibly into a senior management role and will be discussing taking that MBA! Back home things with the wife are great we eat out at least one a fortnight (alone). Our relationship with our kids is excellent – we are close – a result of the time we have spent with them in their early years …
I could go on but here in the UK it’s time for bed 11pm – though with these new systems in place it’s been life changing (so far) – I can’t recall a day where I have got home from work – spent time with my kids, baked a birthday cake , mowed the lawn and then hit the gym before reflecting on my future self… viva AE!!!

Posted by Dale  | May 23, 2017 at 6:05PM | Reply

This exercise was really easy. I reflect on some of these every week.

Posted by Julian  | May 23, 2017 at 6:34PM | Reply

Thank you for the insight on how to envision an awesome future! It really help to visualize the success and to stick to it. You cannot image how powerful it is to have this written down in my own handwriting right in front of me!

Posted by Rachel McCormack  | May 23, 2017 at 6:43PM | Reply

I’ve been doing a lot of visualisation and planning this year, so for this exercise I focussed only on your questions, which aren’t the ones that would naturally occur to me. Really interesting experience, thank you.

Posted by Mark  | May 23, 2017 at 7:28PM | Reply

Ok so I had some fun this one and really embellished before I realized it was supposed to be just a day in the future. Regardless it helped me focus realize I need to get up off my arse. Here is my 5,10 & 15
https://cdn.pbrd.co/images/9UE8F8biV.jpg

Posted by Amanda  | May 23, 2017 at 7:32PM | Reply

I have listened to several AE podcasts over the last couple of months and honestly I’ve wanted to outline my ideal future but it always felt too daunting. These questions really helped to get things started and once I got going the words just flowed. Feeling awesome about that and looking forward to tomorrow!

Posted by Karen  | May 23, 2017 at 7:34PM | Reply

I look at this exercise from a different perspective as I am most certainly op older than most here. I realize that I have achieved a lot, could have probably achieved more if I had made different plans and realize that I can still grow to become the best me possible for myself, my husband, my children, and my work associates. I am focusing on refining my pictire, accepting that some things will not happen and being OK with that but not accepting that I should give up on accomplishing others.

Posted by Tim  | May 23, 2017 at 7:47PM | Reply

Nice post, really appreciated the corn maze image. I am actually right in the middle of this process as I prepare for unexpected military deployment. I intend to use a good portion of my deployment time to really focus on the 2nd half of my life as I will turn 50 during the deployment. My wife and I have a family business meeting this Sunday to also clarify how we see our family and its development.

Posted by Jeff  | May 23, 2017 at 7:48PM | Reply

I thought about where I want to be in 5/10/20 years, but as I’m finishing up school and in the job search I also am focusing on the right now and next 90 days. This was a great exercise. I just made sure that I matched up my 90-day tasks with the goals to ensure they were adding value.

Posted by Ken  | May 23, 2017 at 8:02PM | Reply

An interesting and not easy challenge. it’s hard to visualize sometimes, but the exercise is useful…

Posted by Eric S  | May 23, 2017 at 8:04PM | Reply

Enjoyed this exercise. Very close in some areas and a fair way off in a couple so will be planning on how to go from “here to there” in my early morning focus time now blocked out.

Posted by Lilie Tasuki  | May 23, 2017 at 8:14PM | Reply

I have done this exercises a few years ago. Redoing it today results in an intriguing experience.

It’s interesting how I have evolved since that time, how close and far still I am from my ideal. And how that idea has evolved over the year and become more concrete now the closer I am getting to it.

Some details are still fuzzy while others are a lot clearer now. It will be interesting to look at it again in a few years from now :) I think this might be a good yearly exercise to do :P

In short: a story to follow :)

Posted by Linda Maye Adams  | May 23, 2017 at 8:27PM | Reply

I enjoyed thinking about the questions and answering them. It was a more unusual way of getting touch with yourself instead of the usual method of identifying and setting goal (which end up often being unrealistic).

Posted by Teresa  | May 23, 2017 at 8:27PM | Reply

that was fun. i was thinking way into the future and had to bring myself back to 5-10 years into the future. makes you really think of what you want to do, who to do it with. it is good to think about the future, but don’t get to caught up in it and forget about the present

Posted by Kaloyan Atanasov  | May 23, 2017 at 8:34PM | Reply

I use Evernote in last 2 years. I have notes for 1 year, 3 years, 5 years and 20 years GOALS, which i update every year…

I have long road to walk, but i will get there!

Posted by Oren  | May 23, 2017 at 8:35PM | Reply

I’ve actually been thinking about some of these questions recently since I’m working on a job shift and going back to school because I’m looking to change a couple of these answers. Done :)

Posted by Jessie  | May 23, 2017 at 8:41PM | Reply

Done. This was very helpful. Thank you!

Also, I loved your corn maze analogy. :)

Posted by Dave R  | May 23, 2017 at 8:47PM | Reply

All done and ready for the next day.

Posted by André  | May 23, 2017 at 9:10PM | Reply

Valuable exercise!
I now realize that I want a system (job + family + investments + passive income streams + interests) in which I have a lot of freedom, a lot of excitement, can spend time with my loved ones and have energy and health.
Great to notice that money is not the key driver (beyond a certain threshold). That insight has deep impact on the pathways to choose!

Posted by Susi  | May 23, 2017 at 9:13PM | Reply

I loved the analogy about the corn maze. I have been trying to plan for my future as part of my yearly review, but it’s nice to take a break mid-year and go through the exercise. I especially liked the exercise question. It’s not something that goes into my yearly planning, but it was good to think about what types of exercise that I truly enjoy.

Posted by Chris Williams  | May 23, 2017 at 9:20PM | Reply

Done.

Posted by Jerry Murphy  | May 23, 2017 at 9:36PM | Reply

It’s funny that the closer I get to retiring, the easier I thought this would be… not so. Too many choices and options became a little bit overwhelming. Just needed to focus on what the big rocks are… then adjust from there. I love the “future comes one day a a time” so don’t need to be in a rush, just need to have the focus points for the journey.

Posted by Ryan  | May 23, 2017 at 9:40PM | Reply

This was a really helpful exercise today. In taking the time to realy think about my future, I realized one of the biggest things that I do everyday that holds me back is not getting enough sleep. My perfect day has me waking up at the same time everyday feeling refreshed and energized and there’s no way that could happen without getting the right amount of sleep that my body requires. Thanks Asian Efficiency!

Posted by JR  | May 23, 2017 at 9:58PM | Reply

Done.

Posted by Rick  | May 23, 2017 at 10:00PM | Reply

I like the idea of a picture that sums things up. Couldn’t quite get everything in, but the image of being on vacation (good job/money), hiking so I am in good health, with friends, which incorporates relationship issues, and using my camera, which incorporates one of my favorite hobbies, really sums it up. The only thing I can’t quite fit in is my love of programming computers, which are really compatible with being in nature. But other than that, the picture really helps me remember what my goals are.

Posted by Kris Baines  | May 23, 2017 at 10:13PM | Reply

Interesting in doing this exercise how much you can see these things are within arms reach right now, with diligent focus and attention. I did my thoughts for next 5 years – but hope to get there sooner!

Posted by Michelle Peppy  | May 23, 2017 at 10:30PM | Reply

These are tough! I need to invest more in the vision for my life l.

Posted by Maaike Everts  | May 23, 2017 at 10:38PM | Reply

I like the idea of a visual image; I have a written vision statement for 3 and 10 years down the road that I revisit frequently (daily/weekly), but have been meaning to make a visual representation of that as well; will block off some time to get that done too!!

Posted by Brock Shekelton  | May 23, 2017 at 10:49PM | Reply

Done!! It is so great to take a step back from the present moment and really focus towards the future, and really focus on what my ultimate vision of the future would be. After the exercise, I felt so empowered and motivated to make that future a reality.

Posted by Brock Shekelton  | May 23, 2017 at 10:50PM | Reply

Done!! It is so great to take a step back from the present moment and really focus towards the future, and really focus on what my ultimate vision of the future would be. After the exercise, I felt so empowered and motivated to make that future a reality.

Posted by Rohit Kedia  | May 23, 2017 at 10:57PM | Reply

Although I had a nebulous vision of the answers to these questions writing them down forced me to get into details and clarify many of the issues.This has caused me to tailor my action plan accordingly.

Posted by Joe  | May 23, 2017 at 11:04PM | Reply

Done! That was really fun/interesting to step out of the fray and think about future goals.

Posted by Lori  | May 23, 2017 at 11:48PM | Reply

Went through this for 5 years out and I am tracking good there. I need to do this for my day to day work life now.

Posted by Laurie  | May 24, 2017 at 12:04AM | Reply

I did this exercise about 2 months ago. I am in a new job, so I took this time to focus on what I know about the job so far, and how I can best fit my activities to my goals in the future. This will be extremely helpful for helping me to prioritise as I get busier. I also spent some time brainstorming the kinds of outcomes I will need for the next step, in which I hope to convince my bosses that they should create a role for me that currently does not exist.

Posted by Luciano Rizzi  | May 24, 2017 at 12:04AM | Reply

Some months ago I sat down and completed a Vision Narrative of how my life will be 5 years from now. I wrote it in the present tense, trying to get into every detail, as proposed by the AE team. I ended up with a 12 page document that tells a story of how I accomplished my goals, step by step, like if I had written it in retrospective! It is a great tool and I read it every week. It forces me to mimic the steps and make them real. Having this powerful vision in mind is a valuable tool to make me accomplish my day to day tasks even when I don’t feel like it. It was great today to sit down for half an hour and meditate about how am I doing, bringing light to those areas that need more focus to stay on track.

Posted by Jon Kindel  | May 24, 2017 at 12:08AM | Reply

I waited until the end of day 2 to check this one, awesome blog and count me in :-)

Posted by Sunita Saldhana  | May 24, 2017 at 12:34AM | Reply

I have been focusing for quite sometime now on the kind of future I want to create and things have slowly started falling into place. e.g. I have started waking up at 5 am and adding exercise and learning to my routine. I have even started creating the kind of physical environment I want to live in, throwing out stuff i don’t love or need and getting in things I really love and want.
This exercise was a nice reality check to see if I was really on track and I was quite glad to see that I was.

Posted by Ken Choat  | May 24, 2017 at 12:43AM | Reply

A very helpful exercise !!

Posted by E  | May 24, 2017 at 12:56AM | Reply

Awesome! What a great habit you have!

Posted by Evelyn Georgieva  | May 24, 2017 at 1:00AM | Reply

Thank you for another great reminder of ways to build a better future. The list of questions is on point and targeting the most important aspects of one’s life. I have to admit, I was having trouble answering some of them and will definitely need to work on clarifying and seeing the bigger picture. Thanks AE team!

Posted by Jackie  | May 24, 2017 at 1:22AM | Reply

I did this exact same exercise a year ago for a 5-year ideal future and since then, have been working to make the items on the list happen. So for this AE challenge, I decided to focus on the one big goal I have – to leave my 9 to 5 and solely work on my business (which I am just starting to build right now). I figured out what I needed to be okay to quit my job, and worked backwards, so that I could see step by step what I can do right now, and what I need to do to make this goal happen.

This exercise has been on my to-do list for awhile, so I’m glad this challenge is pushing me to do this sooner than later! Thank you!

Posted by Elmer Thomas  | May 24, 2017 at 1:25AM | Reply

I spent my time focusing 5 years out, since that was easier for me to think realistically about.

This exercise instilled a sense of renewed urgency in me. In order to be where I plan in 5 years, will take consistent, disciplined effort.

One think I like to do for this sort of exercise, is think in terms of my areas of focus (health, growth, family, etc..) about where I want to be in each of those areas.

Posted by Andrew Edwards  | May 24, 2017 at 2:07AM | Reply

This is timely as I just got a new job outside of my old department – a fresh start and pretty good position. And was looking to where this could take my life.
I’m looking to develop personally over the next few years (manage my shiny thing tendencies, be a better listener) – gain control of my life by having clear plans for what I want to achieve month to month and year on year at home and work. I have started with my first morning ritual this week which I will look to build on and these will be a big part of my life. Our family will move home in about 5 years to ensure my children getting into a decent school – the house a 4 bed detached will have a spacious garden and be somewhere on the outskirts of town (green open spaces). Work by this point will be going well – I will be well respected by my peers and depended on by my bosses – I’ll be looking at making the next step possibly into a senior management role and will be discussing taking that MBA! Back home things with the wife are great we eat out at least one a fortnight (alone). Our relationship with our kids is excellent – we are close – a result of the time we have spent with them in their early years …
I could go on but here in the UK it’s time for bed 11pm – though with these new systems in place it’s been life changing (so far) – I can’t recall a day where I have got home from work – spent time with my kids, baked a birthday cake , mowed the lawn and then hit the gym before reflecting on my future self… viva AE!!!

Posted by Brian Shin  | May 24, 2017 at 2:27AM | Reply

Day 2 done! Long overdue to do this type of exercise, really makes me want to jump back in evernote and thing longterm more.

Posted by Barb  | May 24, 2017 at 3:12AM | Reply

I started doing this exercise months ago after hearing about it on the podcast, but I never finished it. I had got up to breakfast time in my perfect day. Today I went back to it in my 30 minute focus block and wrote about my day up until lunch time. This is gonna be some kind of epic day by the time I finally get finished – might need 3 or 4 more focus blocks to get to the end of the day!

Posted by Bart Dielissen  | May 24, 2017 at 5:05AM | Reply

my focus has always been on where I would be at in 1 year and 3 years from now. So the methodolgy is similar, but I need to admit that focussing on 20 years is challenging for me. Describing this for my personal environment is something I am able in, but getting my head about the professional part tends to be more difficult. SO eventually I ended up with a personal outlook for 20 years from now and professionally a perspective where I would like to stand in 10 years time.

Posted by SBC  | May 24, 2017 at 7:58AM | Reply

Did it – it was more of a review as I did recently run through a very similar exercise. Also focusing on “what kind of person” do I want to be? I did it late, this morning… but I did it:)

Posted by Kris Kuriger  | May 24, 2017 at 8:53AM | Reply

I have thought about all these questions before but had written it down. Appreciate the exercise and found that my dream to move to England still feels far away. I have a lot of pieces in my career and family in place and I have a good exercise routine established. I like the question, “What do you do during the day?” I felt this helped me think beyond a job description to the actual activity I spend my time doing. Excited for day 3!

Posted by Michael McKaig  | May 24, 2017 at 9:01AM | Reply

This was harder than I thought, as my 5 year plan could go in several directions. Maybe I need to crystallise that plan and try this again in a few hours…

Posted by Dan  | May 24, 2017 at 9:18AM | Reply

It was interesting how what I envisioned myself doing 5, 10 & even 20 years from now was not very different than what I’m doing now. The difference was that I was more focused & successful at it. Lately I’ve been concentrating more on short-term career problems and attempting potentially dramatic changes. Now I’m thinking I just need to get more visual with my short-term plans so I see how they play out long-term

Posted by Sarah Jackson  | May 24, 2017 at 9:20AM | Reply

I chose to do a 10 year visualization. In 5 years, my kids will just be finishing high school, and I can’t change that many things before then. In 10 years, however, I know where I want to be, and what I want to be doing. This exercise helped me see what I can do in the first 5 years to make that 10 year goal a reality, even though I can’t make any drastic changes before 5 years from now. Thanks! It’s written down, and I will work on making it more specific as I really start to hone in on the details.

Posted by Erzsebet  | May 24, 2017 at 9:31AM | Reply

Hi,
It’s another great post. Thank you. I am able to understand it better thanks to the pictures, descriptions you use.

Posted by Laco  | May 24, 2017 at 9:48AM | Reply

I am implementing Agile Results for some time, so at last I found time to do timeboxing on Hotspots

Posted by Justus  | May 24, 2017 at 10:14AM | Reply

Took 30 minutes to picture my future. The more are right these things done the easier it gets. If I get the future I just painted, I am a lucky man.

Posted by Art Wheat  | May 24, 2017 at 10:28AM | Reply

I did this yesterday but never replied here in the comments.

It really got me thinking about what do I really want because so many of the things I would want in life I already have. Many of the things I would want now, are really things for others. I’m very content where I am and that in a way is a red flag to me.

It’s not as though I am not striving for anything, it’s that I don’t have the desire for a whole lot more. I’m leaning more toward simplifying while continuing to learn new things.

Passive retirement income was one item (I don’t play the markets). Travel with my wife and some home improvements. Outside of that I am very grateful to already have so much in my life, much of it intangibles like the relationships with family and friends.

Posted by Joe D  | May 24, 2017 at 11:11AM | Reply

This is a good exercise, we’ve had two kids in two years, and are now looking to upgrade to a larger house as they grow. Planning theirs and my future is a must.

Posted by Mandlods  | May 24, 2017 at 11:19AM | Reply

I enjoyed this exercise as it had questions that helped me think practically about the kind of future I want. I am so happy to be alive and making steps towards my future.

Posted by Ranier A  | May 24, 2017 at 11:52AM | Reply

Awesome post. This article allowed me to think deeply about the things I have been currently doing and whether or not it serves a purpose/value to my present and future. This article definitely motivated me to make an impact in the area of expertise that I am in.

Posted by Cathy von Hassel-Davies  | May 24, 2017 at 12:02PM | Reply

This was a great exercise. As I did change jobs almost two years ago to do something I love – being a REALTOR – now I need to focus on the future and how I want that to look like and how I want to grow this business to what I want and still stay in love with it.

Thanks!

Posted by Luis  | May 24, 2017 at 12:23PM | Reply

This exercise made me realize that I might want to consider a different path then the one that I am on. I did not get anything specific, but it definitely opened a door I never knew existed.
Thank you.

Posted by Ashley  | May 24, 2017 at 12:58PM | Reply

A day late, but I came back to it! DOne.

Posted by Jung  | May 24, 2017 at 1:08PM | Reply

An ‘ideal day’ prompt is good to flesh out the goals that can be set to achieve them. It’s good to use to see that your ideal day is in line with what you value. For me, that’s personal time and freedom.

Posted by Kristie Lemauga  | May 24, 2017 at 1:18PM | Reply

Okay – got er done!!

Posted by SEW  | May 24, 2017 at 3:28PM | Reply

Great challenge. It definitely makes you think about what do you need to do today to become the person of “tomorrow”. So much of our energy is being expended on things that will not benefit our lives. What a waste of time and life to spend your energy growing other people while you waste away unfulfilled. This stops today. Now is the time to focus on the productive, fulfilling life that I desire.

Posted by Eanna Black  | May 24, 2017 at 5:31PM | Reply

Luckily this is an exercise I’ve done recently . Always good to do.

Posted by Jason Paul Cruz  | May 24, 2017 at 7:14PM | Reply

This is a great exercise!

once a year, i review all the things important in my life. in different aspects (family, marriage, relationships, children’s education, business, spiritual connection, etc.) put them in my evernote with visuals & short narratives, imagining the ideal future.

& asking the right questions really help!

then every quarter, i check them to get motivated for another quarter sprint.

Posted by Maree  | May 24, 2017 at 9:49PM | Reply

Actually, I love my job, I always have. That’s probably why I spend so much time doing it. Yes, sometimes at the expense of spending time with my family, or instead of taking time out to look after me.
I like the corn maze analogy to life. I know I haven’t popped my head out of the maze often enough. With work, I tend to let changes happen to me rather than actively pursuing them. I generally stay in positions longer than I should.
This is a good reminder to plan ahead and to have goals. I have them, but don’t often write them down. I can picture 5 years ahead, and even 10, but I find 20 tough, so I will need to revisit that at a later time.
Exercise completed. Thank you for the nudge.

Posted by Dan Brocklebank  | May 25, 2017 at 3:18AM | Reply

I have heard time and time again about creating the life you want – ‘Lifestyle Design’. I know the value of taking your life into your own hands and have experienced change myself from being clear on my visions and intentional with my actions. In fact, it’s how I shifted careers and got my current job at a reputable company. So I’m aware that we are in complete control of our lives, but I’ve become complacent, which is never a great thing. This exercise was a wonderful prompt to reignite that drive. Now that I have a clear vision, I have a better indication of areas of my life I need to focus on to attain the life I want.

Posted by Dalia  | May 25, 2017 at 3:34AM | Reply

I did this awhile ago, but definitely don’t look at it often enough to remind me of what matters. Thanks AE!

Posted by Debbie  | May 25, 2017 at 3:59AM | Reply

Great exercise! I particularly loved having the question prompts – I have a pretty clear vision and am comfortably on my way to achieving it BUT I have never actually written it all down! I am in the process of reading The 12 Week Year and planning to make a written plan when I’m done. This was a great start – thanks!

Posted by Joe  | May 25, 2017 at 9:34AM | Reply

Done. The future looks bright!

Posted by chris  | May 25, 2017 at 9:43AM | Reply

thanks guys for the post. this is great stuff that i’ve done and look forward to passing on.

Posted by Elizabeth C  | May 25, 2017 at 11:20AM | Reply

Thank you, got it done. I realized I had already done this before (and like what I did), but it was not handy. It is now and it’s inspiring me!

Posted by Michael  | May 26, 2017 at 12:54AM | Reply

What time do you get up in the morning?
5 years: 7am / 10 years: 7am / 20 years: 6am

What do you during the day?
5 years: advise companies on strategic initiatives / 10 years: invest in growth companies / 20 years: philathropy

What kind of job do you have?
5 years: banker or consultant / 10 years: principal / 20 years: philanthropist

What do you do for fun?
make music, create art, play sports, travel the world

What do you do for exercise?
yoga, weightlifting, cross-fit, play sports

Where do you live?
5 years: la or ny / 10 years: live in different countries for years at a time / 20 years: tropical island

Who are the important people in your life that are there with you?
business partners, family, close friends

What kind of car do you drive?
5 years: range rover / 10 years: rolls royce phantom / 20 years: plane

What is your relationship with your significant other like?
fun, loving and free , marriage if it meets all three criteria and 1+1=100

What is your relationship with your kids (if you have any) like?
loving, nurturing and free

Posted by Greg Burgess  | May 26, 2017 at 12:00PM | Reply

Did it!

Posted by Jay  | May 27, 2017 at 1:35PM | Reply

Answered the question in the article and have written down what I want my life to be. I really believe in this type of exercise and have used it a lot over the last few years to great effect.

Posted by Melissa  | June 2, 2017 at 4:58PM | Reply

This is tough. As a college student, so much is still unknown for me. I don’t even know whether or not I’m going to graduate school for sure! But I did think it was productive to think about some of the possibilities that lie ahead, and what I can do to make progress in the general right direction.

Posted by César orlando Pallares Delgado  | September 9, 2017 at 5:21PM | Reply

Well, I have done this recently.

I saw when I did this challenge is that I have clear what I want. And I have had it clear for some time. I’m in the proccess, but I believe that now I’m on a slow pace, I need to speed up a little bit.

Second day: done

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