Step 1 of 5 to Success – How to Create Your Vision

Dave_conscious_openSuccessful people know where they’re going. They have a vision, a dream, like Martin Luther King, Jr.

From: Psychological Foundations of Success

Successful people envision their futures and specify the outcomes they desire so that they can channel their effort toward those ends.

No surprise there. At the same time, envisioning a future is not just a key to success, it’s a gateway to well-being.


We need a vision for better health and happiness.


From: Psychological Foundations of Success

Images of our future lives contribute to our self-esteem, our happiness, and the sense that we can control our destinies.

Boosting self-esteem and happiness are positive effects associated with having a vision. And with a vision, our health gets a lift, especially if we’re recovering from a serious life crises.

From: Psychological Foundations of Success

The ability to envision positive, empowering futures for ourselves leads to more than just enhanced performance on routine tasks – it is also crucial to our ability to recover from tragic events.

For example, the current self-concept of those recovering well from serious life crises (such as divorce or death of a spouse) differs little from those recovering poorly.  Instead, the key driver to recovery lies in visions of future selves.

And the flip side?

Dr. K., what happens if we lack a vision?

Research doesn’t look good. Without a vision, we are more prone to…

From: Psychological Foundations of Success

  1. Experience negative emotions such as depression and anxiety
  2. Be less happy and less satisfied with their lives
  3. Have more physical illnesses and doctor’s visits
  4. Be indecisive, uncertain and rebellious

In short, a vision is like a flashlight to success. Without it, we can struggle to find our way out of an unhealthy realm.

We need a vision for lots of good reasons beyond being a success. But, how do we create one?

Dr. K, your thoughts?

Check out What Color is Your Parachute? A practical manual for job-hunters and career changes.

Also, consider nine themed questions.

Nine themes is a lot. So I picked two from Dr. K.

From: Psychological Foundations of Success

  1. The Ideal Life Scenario. Take a few moments and envision the ideal life you would like to have ten years from now.

What will I be doing? Where will I be living? Will I still have a job? If so, what would it be? Who do I want to be?

  1. The Forgotten Dreams Scenario

When I was young, what did I want to be when I grew up? When I was young, who were my heroes and role models? When I was young what were my favorite subjects in school?

Now Welcome Bob. A Real-Life Success Story.

I want to introduce you to Bob. Bob is a success and he follows all 5 steps. He’ll be our example to help us learn the 5 steps to success.

Bob told me his vision (Step 1) a year ago.

Bob’s future vision of himself…

Be 15 pounds lighter. Have a stronger core, improve my work-life balance and live a healthy lifestyle for next ten years.

Bob solidified his vision to be a success with Step 2.

Go to Step 2 of Success


  1. Having a vision is Step 1 to success.
  1. Envisioning our future selves raises happiness and self-esteem.
  1. Without a vision, we may be more susceptible to anxiety, depression, physical illnesses and doctor’s visits.
  2. We can create a vision by using any of nine-themed questions like the ideal life scenario, the forgotten dreams scenario, or What Color is Your Parachute? A practical manual for job-hunters and career changes.

About Dave Barnas, M.S., CES, NASM-CPT

Dave is the true health guy. He is the founder and owner of True Health Unlimited, LLC, a personal health and fitness company in Tolland, CT & Wellness Writers, a subscription wellness newsletter service that incorporates live & virtual wellness workshops for companies across New England. Dave earned both a Bachelor's (1998) and Master's Degree (2000) in Nutritional Science from the University of Connecticut, and also holds certifications as a National Strength and Conditioning Association Certified Personal Trainer, National Academy of Sports Medicine Certified Personal Trainer and Corrective Exercise Specialist, Aerobics and Fitness Association of America Group Instructor, and Nutrition Specialist. He's also the lead author for four published works. Dave has over 20 years of combined experience in nutrition counseling, dietary supplement advising, personal training, corrective exercise training, health coaching and public speaking. In addition, he's spent over 25 years studying spirituality, meditation, and personal growth strategies. Dave's clients are all ages: youth, college championship level athletes, folks in their retired years, and everywhere in between. He's worked with three of the nation's leading physicians as a dietary supplement advisor and been a guest lecturer at Harvard University, Yale University, UConn, St. Joseph College and various church groups, health clubs, and high schools. In 2013, he was invited to Whole Foods Market to share his Real Food Therapy Guide. And in 2015, Dave's funny "Snowga" (yoga in the snow) video caught the attention of The National Weather Channel, who aired it to shake off cabin fever and bring laughter. In 2016, Dave & Hollie (his wife) founded Wellness Writers and deliver evidence-based Wellness E-newsletters to spread a message of health and happiness to various businesses throughout the US. Dave currently serves as a personal trainer in Tolland as well as a wellness coach and writer for several businesses, gyms and wellness facilities throughout the US.

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