Updated: May 25, 2020
In the last vlog, I offered you a simple exercise to define your new normal by putting the activities of your life into ‘more of’, ‘less of’ and ‘stay the same’.
Today, we can take this work one step further. We are going to visualise life after COVID-19 in the three buckets that we discussed in the last episode; your relationships, your career and your life in general.
I’m a fan of drawing visualisations as they have proven to be a very effective way of changing our outlook and expectations of life, and creating big shifts in how we think, feel and act. Drawing visualisations brings great insight and motivation, is quick to do and it’s free.
What if I don’t know what I want?
I’ve done this exercise with many people over the years and there are a number of things that happen when you do this. When you draw something rather than write it down, you are firing up different parts of the brain, the parts that are about possibility and future rather than about experience and history. The other thing that happens is that as you start the exercise of drawing, more and more of the content of your vision comes forward whilst you are drawing. You do not need a complete picture of your future to start the process.
The more open and receptive you can make your mind before you draw your three pictures, the richer your vision will become. It does not matter how well you draw – or even if you have a fear of drawing, what you produce will have a relevance to you and will unearth some hidden desires and intentions that you have probably not been able to voice before.
Grab yourself a pencil or pencils and paper and try this out.
Why is it important to save the drawings?
A vision can take a while to materialise in your life and sometimes it’s helpful to have markers in the road to guide you along the way. For this reason, I recommend that you create a vision on a two year timeline. This is not so far into the future to feel unreachable, yet it is far enough way to give you time to develop the new habits and thoughts that will make it feel possible. The pictures you draw become the important markers to take out at six month intervals to see how closely your life is matching the vision that you have created. It allows you to take stock, consider new variations to the vision, ask deeper questions if you feel off course with your vision, and most importantly, gives you the opportunity to take corrective action if you want to realign to your vision.
Give it a go and see what comes out for you.