Now, as an Entrepreneurial Psychologist whose sole job is to help people fast-forward their dreams into reality, I've helped corporations as well as non-profits strategic plan and I also use strategic planning for individuals. I call it Life Mapping. To adequately turn an intangible dream to tangible reality requires a very specific kind of thinking, language, mindset, and focus.
The pyramid image above is a visual representation of how strategic planning can be helpful.
An example of an important change that is required to fast-forward your dreams to reality is to eliminate negative words such as "no," "don't," "stop" and "can't" from your vocabulary as the subconscious and unconscious mind don't understand negative language. Many people want to "stop" doing something so they say it to themselves over and over "stop (eating sugar, staying up late, procrastinating, etc.) but they are actually programming themselves to do more of this! "Stop eating sugar" gets translated by our unconscious mind as "eat sugar!" So many people self-sabotage without even knowing they are doing so.
When I work with people in session, I encourage them to think big; to go after their ultimate vision, their mission--their dream. Then we chunk that into medium goals, then small goals, then bite-sized manageable steps so the path to getting the life they dream of becomes a simple case of following steps.
This is easy when you know your mission and vision, but what if you don't really know what your mission and vision are? Let alone your purpose in life? Generally, this requires strategic life mapping. We start with a brainstorm of sorts and begin with the idea of what makes you feel good and go from there. Once you know what you want and strategize your energy around it, it will almost effortlessly fall into place!
I want to share with you some of the brainstorming documents I use when I work with people to help them begin to identify their mission and vision. Because I can only work with a small amount of people one-to-one, I share this information as much as possible in my speaking at Universities and Conferences and via my newsletter with you now!
So, if you're just beginning to understand the awesome truth that you can create anything you dream of or if you've lost your way a bit, please enjoy these Life Mapping PDF downloads (at top of blog article) and let's get you on your way to the life of your dreams!
Dr. Jennifer Jones