[F2M] How to design (and live) your ideal life… 🌈
First up, THANK YOU for your wonderful replies to this Monday’s email! I LOVE getting your messages and I’ve been blown away at how many of you stepped up to our 10-second challenge! 👏👍
Next Monday, I’ll reopen my six-week course, The TRACKTION Producitvity Masterclass, to a new cohort of students. Until then, I’m teaching some big ideas you can use to get organised, work less and accomplish more of what matters.
In case you missed it, here’s Lesson One:
But right now, as promised, let’s talk about crafting inspiring and motivational vision statements in each of TRACKTION’s core areas.
(N.B., This is one of my favourite ideas from the masterclass. Even if all you do is go through this exercise you’ll still unlock A TON of new clarity and energy.)
Before we get started…
Drafting vision statements is an iterative process. That means you’ll keep improving them over time. There’s a good chance whatever you first write down may feel silly and that’s OK!
The same thing happens to all of us so don’t stress about perfect answers. Write something, even just a thirty-second version, then improve it ↻.
The only way to version 100 is through version 1… 🐟 🐒 🕺
How to craft a perfect vision statement.
There are two main phases to crafting a powerful vision statement:
- Brainstorming – Get all your ideas out of your head 🧠→📝 ; and
- Synthesis – Condense the best ideas into a vision statement 🗻→💎.
To get all the ideas out of your head pick ONE area of life, find some blank paper (or open a new file), set a timer for 3 – 15 minutes and ask:
Don’t hold back, even if your thoughts feel embarrassing, repetitive or selfish. And don’t necessarily limit yourself to just writing, feel free to add visual aids (like drawings or photos).
We’re giving your mind a judgement-free chance to get everything out in the open, so don’t censor anything. Some things will feel stupid or just plain wrong the moment you write them. But getting them out of your head clears the way for the moments of clarity and genius that will follow.
Synthesising the four parts of perfect.
The next part of the process is to condense the raw data.
To start with, let the results of your brainstorming soak for 24 hours. This will give you some valuable perspective before you start separating out the ideas that still resonate strongly.
After that, I like to use five headings to expand and then structure what’s left:
- What would it look like? Paint a picture of perfect;
- What would I accomplish? Pick out the big goals you’d work on;
- What would I be doing? Describe a typical day;
- Where would I be doing it? Set the scene for your vision; and
- Who would I do it with? Choose your company carefully.
Before you move on, take your thoughts from heading two (What would I accomplish?) and set them aside. (These goals will end up on either the outcomes or someday/maybe lists that we’ll build into our bulletproof productivity system in week 5 of the masterclass.)
Then finally, start sanding and smoothing your ideas in the remaining four headings into an exciting and inspiring vision of what 10/10 looks like for your chosen area of life. 🗻 → 💎
(N.B., If you’ve got loads of material try crafting three-page → three-paragraph → three-sentence versions to help you slowly tighten your thinking.)
Here’s one I made earlier…
Nothing beats a real-life example, so here are my live, personal vision statements for the first two core areas of TRACKTION:
(N.B., You’ll find the rest in week 3 of the masterclass.)
There’s no right or wrong way to do vision statements. Some people write essays, others create visual photo boards. What matters is that yours resonate with and excite you. The goal here is to evoke an inspiring vision of what fantastic would look like in each area of your life.
And if they don’t feel quite right? Don’t be afraid to make edits! I constantly change words, sentences or whole sections of my vision statements as I learn about myself and test what I think perfect looks like in the real world.
The most interesting part of the process is seeing what doesn’t change – because that’s the stuff that goes right to the heart of you.
But what if I just don’t have time for this kind of thinking?
I hear you! It’s hard to think about what direction to swim in when you feel like you’re already drowning.
That’s why the first two weeks of TRACKTION are actually dedicated to stopping or doing less of what doesn’t matter.
First, we’ll use a combination of a life inventory and time tracking to build a clear picture of the people, pastimes, promises and possessions that have a call on your time and your energy.
Then, we’ll learn how to use frameworks like the ABC method, hero-based thinking and the $10 task test to craft a simple, yet powerful not-to-to list.
And finally, we’ll dive into the techniques like avoidance, elimination, deferral, automation and delegation that’ll help you get out of the trickiest items on your list WITHOUT alienating colleagues or loved ones.
But what if I don’t know where to start? Or don’t have the discipline to put a productivity system into practice?
These are huge. And I want you to know I’ll be right there with you.
Because as well as lifetime access to the community forum (where you’ll be able to ask unlimited questions and find accountability buddies) I’ll be running at least 12 weeks of live weekly QA calls to help you bust through specific problems and put your systems in place.
Bring your best-self, follow the simple instructions and let TRACKTION look after the rest.
But what if I’ve read all the books and done all the courses, but it’s all theory – nothing sticks!
Another great question. But rest assured, TRACKTION is different.
My ONLY concerns are giving you the simple, practical tools you need to get organised and showing you exactly how to use them in everyday life.
Don’t take my word for it, though. Here’s proof… 👇
The only measure of TRACKTION’s success is how well it gets you organised, working less and accomplishing more of what matters.
In fact, I’m so confident in and dedicated to this mission that I offer a 100% money-back guarantee. If you don’t get results, I don’t get paid.
It’s as simple as that.
Lesson Two Homework
For today’s homework, pick one area of life (it could be the one you sent me after lesson one), HIT REPLY and tell me:
Don’t worry about a perfect answer (or even perfect spelling and grammar).
Trust your gut, HIT REPLY and in our next lesson, I’ll show you how to smash through four of the biggest obstacles you might face as you try to put your new vision into action.
Until then, good luck, go well and dream greatly!
Arthur “Aim for the Stars and the Moon Will Look After Itself” Worsley
P.s., Don’t put this off until later! Hit reply NOW and invest two minutes in replying to my question. You’ll get a huge amount from this process.