Don’t cancel 2020! Part 1 — Visualising your ideal life.

“2020 is cancelled.”

You have likely heard this phrase of recent and if you haven’t, it is an emergent popular culture reference to “cancel culture”, where the people “decide” who and what gets to be relevant based on a set of collective behavioural, social and cultural norms. Ironically we don’t get to decide on 2020 being cancelled, time and a pandemic don't care about our feelings.

If you are anything like me, you have been asking yourself some big questions this year, like, what the hell is going on in 2020 and what am I really in control of right now?

This article is the first part of what I call the Antidote For Uncertainty series: Ideas around staying on our true north when we lose sight of where we are supposed to be on our personal map. Now, maybe you have all of your shit together and I commend you for your steadfastness. However, if you are anything like me, it’s good to have constant reminders and things to get you back on track to find your true north to stay the course. Let’s dive in the first exercise.

Creating your vision board

Find the space:

Firstly, find a space that is conducive to being productive, reflective and distraction-free. These are important principles you will need to complete this exercise with grace. Find a space, whether it’s in your house, flat, or outside in a park so that you won’t have anyone distract you. Also, think about turning your phone off or at least putting on an aeroplane mode for a period of time.

Time:

You’re going to need at least one-to-two hours to go through this exercise. If you don’t have that kind of time you can always break it up, but really what you want is a minimum of one-hour chunks to do this exercise. This exercise is valuable, but only if you have the time to spend investing in yourself.

Materials:

You’re going to need some working materials so I suggest:

Speaks for itself
Mine is a “Typo” Buffalo
Mine is a “Typo” Buffalo
Mine is a “Typo Buffalo”
You get the idea, but how pretty are colours!
This stuff!

Alternatives

Materials for adding magazine and newspaper cutouts:

For the digital nomad: If you prefer, you can open up an Evernote or Google doc for typing copy and storing your drawing/painting/clippings and complete the task digitally to bypass using a book and writing materials.

The Exercise

The first exercise is a visualisation of where you want to be in your life. I would suggest that you focus on 12 to 18 months. Why is that the case? You could try for 5 to 10 years but if this is the first time you’ve done this exercise, start with something that is much more within your reach. If you are confident on a longer timeframe, then go for it!

Here are 3 simple steps to complete this exercise:

Here is a basic version of the exercise:

Image intentionally blurred to protect personal ideal life

As you can see, for a small amount of effort, materials and time, you can add huge value to the quality of your outlook on life. This exercise can be repeated annually, folded and glued into the A4 exercise book. It is a great visual tool to look over on at least a monthly basis to not only remind yourself of where you are headed, but where you have come to.

Now go forth and be great!

A video supplement to this exercise here.

With a focus on the key themes of Health, Wealth and Wisdom, woven into touch of Art and Culture.

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