The word “vision” can instill motivation to achieve incredible things, but it can also be used as a tool for complacency when it becomes a notion we dream about from afar. At Atlanta Divorce Law Group, we strive to use vision in its most powerful light and encourage both our clients and our team to do so by taking a different approach to creating their own visions.
We often see our clients go through an overwhelming sense of loss as they navigate the process of divorce. Their status quo has changed, they may no longer be able to do the things they used to do, and they think they need to start downsizing their lives and the vision they had for the future. But we practice contrary to that belief. We operate on the curve that exists after the proceedings of a divorce, where people get to start identifying themselves outside their marriage and can recreate their vision for life, not downsize it because of false limitations.
That’s when building tangible visions becomes such a strong practice. First, it’s important to step away from long-term notions of 10 or even five years. Instead, focus on what can be achieved in the next few years. When people say they picture themselves somewhere 10 years from now, it’s difficult to glean any useful action from that statement. When you put such a long timeline on a goal, you’re just kicking a tire around rather than actually using it to drive ahead. The closer the end-goal, the more real it feels.
Next, create three categories: personal, professional, and financial. Think about what you want to achieve over the next few years. Do you want to take more family vacations? Do you want to start your own business? Do you want to save enough money to buy your dream home? Your aspirations should be exciting, but it’s important to keep them achievable. Think about the things you truly believe you can accomplish within a few years.
The next crucial step is to reverse-engineer the process for achieving your visions. Start by writing down the details of your desired end result. Then break them down further by moving backward and noting what steps you need to take on a daily basis in order to continue climbing up each rung of the ladder. If you take the time to break your vision down into smaller milestones, you’ll begin to realize that reaching the top of that ladder is a possibility, not just a dream.
Our vision for the new year is to move our office to a space more conducive to the work we want to do. We want an area that can accommodate our growth, create a more cohesive culture, and provide more comfort to our clients. We reverse-engineered all the steps we need to take, and because of that, the process is already under way. It’s an achievable vision we’re going to accomplish because we’ve taken the time to plan the details, and we’re motivated every time we cross a step off our list.
In this new year, take the time to realize what your visions are. Life doesn’t end on the other side of a divorce. It begins anew. Don’t limit your visions because of what you think you might be leaving behind. Instead, expand them because of all the new possibilities life now presents to you.
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