From dreams to actions … Part 3: The Compass

By Benjamin Aggrey 5 years ago11 Comments
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Okay.
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You’ve collected loads of ideas, wishes and dreams of what you want from and for your life.
Now if we could just get all that ‘stuff’ organised, surely there’s a life compass in there somewhere.
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(Here comes the “but” thinking.)
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BUT
It’s looking pretty daunting and almost impossible to organise.
It’s in random notes on napkins, drawings, web clippings, pictures, and on and on.
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How do I know? I was there once.
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How did I get it organised? GTD!
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GTD Refresher
Don’t forget that at it’s core, GTD is about
  • Capturing anything and everything that has your attention and concern (done)
  • Defining actionable things into concrete next steps and successful outcomes, and
  • Organizing information in the most streamlined way, in appropriate categories, based on how and when you need to access it
And this applies to your vision (higher levels of your horizons of focus), just as much as it applies to your day-to-day tasks (next actions and projects).
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So we’re going to follow exactly the same steps: Capture (done), Process & then Organise.
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How do I process my vision? 
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1: Clarify each vision item
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The very first thing I did for each item in my vision inbox, is I asked myself what I really wanted. Or why I was attracted to that item I captured.

I defined it.
I described it using a verb … a desire.
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Examples of how I would start these vision items are:
I want…
I desire…
I have achieved …
I regularly do…
I am …
I have …
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I then make sure it’s very clear what I am wanting or desiring. The more specific the outcome, the more likely it is I can achieve it.
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This can be anything from:
“I want a car” to “I want to have a conversation with a real ghost”
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(No, that isn’t on my list! I wanted to come up with something usual, and can be perceived as something out of your control)
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So make it specific and crystal clear.
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2: Dress it up
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This is where your pictures, drawings, clippings, videos and research can come in handy.
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It’s nice to have an anchor statement that is specific and crystal clear, but it’s not often memorable or inspirational or even really crystal clear.
Pictures, videos and stories have the ability to do that so much more.
So dress up your statements with some of the stuff that inspired you in the first place.
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And with a mindmap, it’s pretty easy to include a link to a picture or video or website that reminds you of the feeling you had when you first saw it … the feeling that you will have once you get whatever it is you are envisioning.
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See, this is where the “Law of Attraction” comes in. We’re going to make a simply statement which is what you would have put in your SMART goals list, and then you’re going to link in the action support that reminds you of the feeling and desire you had in the first place.
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3: Group it into categories
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You can group these statements and the accompanying vision support however you would like.
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I group them by what I call a ‘life category’.
I researched these a few years ago on the internet by looking at different aspects of one’s life and finding one word, or a short phrase to capture that life aspect.
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The 10 categories I defined are:
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Beauty
Health
Intellectual
Organisation
Professional
Recreational
Relationships
Service
Spiritual
Wealth
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You can start with these, or you can define a different way of grouping.
The main thing is that the items within that group are all generally in the same life goal or aspect.
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Reference:  Previous series post: From dreams to actions … Part 2
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