4. Deliberation

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To achieve a life of fulfillment and satisfaction, you need to know what your aiming for. What kind of life do you hope to live? What kind of person do you want to be?

Designing a life vision will provide you with a picture of the life you want to live and a plan for achieving that life.

Specifically, a life vision is a dream of what you'd like to achieve in life and the kind of person you'd like to be in the world, supported by a detailed plan of how to turn that dream into a reality.

Dream + Plan = Life Vision

4a. Vision vs. Fantasy

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A life vision is different than a fantasy in that it is achievable given your gifts and the reality of the world around you.

A fantasy is a dream or a vision that is unlikely to come true. Based on your own limitations or the world's limitations, a fantasy will never be transformed into a reality.

For example, if I am terrible at playing basketball, a dream or life vision of playing in the NBA would be a fantasy. It is not grounded in what is possible or real, so no matter what plan I follow to achieve it, it is highly unlikely to come true.

Don't worry! A fantasy can be tweaked and adjusted into an achievable vision. I often work with my clients to help them differentiate between life visions and fantasies and then to remake their fantasies into realistic, achievable life visions. One of my clients who wanted to play in the NBA (a fantasy for him, given his height and talents and age) ended up coaching high school basketball and loving it.

4b. Creating a Life Vision

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  • what you want to have in your life (not necessarily material)
  • what you want to achieve in your life
  • the quality of person you want to be in the world
  • what your personality preferences are

To create your life vision, also consider what you would like to have, achieve, and be in all of your life domains:
  • professional
  • personal
  • community
  • spiritual

Then create a plan for how you will achieve your dream in each life domain. Once you draw up a picture for what you want to achieve, have, and be in your professional, personal, community, and spiritual lives and a plan for attaining those dreams, you will have a life vision to guide you.