This is a post about the exercise we did at the last 4D user group meeting in London--back before the lock-down. The idea is borrowed from designer Debbie Milman after listening to her on various podcasts.
What struck me is how true this simple exercise can be by practicing it. What I've learned is that it's all too easy to assume there are insurmountable blockades in your way. Once you decide to ignore that voice in your head that says, "impossible", that is when things start to unfold. Today, we face what appears to be a very real blockade to moving forward...the uncomfortable elephant in the room disrupting life as we know it...Most of the time, when you dig deep, these blockades are internally set limits. Is this situation any different?
Maybe now, more than ever, we should re-visit this exercise. It took a lot of courage for strangers to sit in a room, in total silence, and write their personal vision of a future state on paper and then share that with the group. It takes guts to be honest and transparent--even (and maybe especially so) with yourself.
So, here we are a few months later. Feel free to post your vision or keep it private. We ran this exercise from the perspective that your work-life is involved with constructing the physical world. Imagine the life you want to live in 5 or 10 years time, and write it down. If your vision involves being a part of constructing the world we live in, feel free to share it here. I hope you feel comfortable sharing and we will respect all points of view. At a minimum, I hope this exercise helps you on your journey.
Here are the steps for realizing your future:
What do I need to get Started?
Either 1) Paper and pen or 2) A computer with a printer, so you can have a physical copy
Enough uninterrupted time so you can write without feeling pressure to finish at a certain time
Some energy and a healthy mood!
How Does the Exercise Work?
Imagine what your life could be if you could do anything you wanted, and had no fear of failure.
Dream big. Don’t hold back.
Get specific about all aspects of your life. Go into as much detail as you’d like.
Write in full sentences and paragraphs.
Don’t edit yourself! You might be surprised by what comes out on the paper. That’s okay, we often don’t let our truest selves come out.
Keep writing until you have nothing else to write.
Picture a specific day in your future, 10 years from now. Everything has gone as you hoped it would. Let go of any fears or doubts that may exist in your mind.
Write about that day in full detail. Get specific about all aspects of your life. Write until you can’t possibly write any more.
Store the pages away somewhere. You’ve created a direction for yourself in you mind. Revisit it once a year to reconnect with your vision. And keep taking steps in the right direction.