Vision Casting: a how to guide

Have you ever thought about where you want to be five years down the road? Ten years? Twenty years?

Have you ever dreamed about what the future could look like?

Have you ever said things like… “tomorrow I will…” or “next year…”?

All of those things are vision casting. A vision is an aspiration, a dream, a guide for the future. It is making a declaration of what you want and a commitment to prioritizing your life to take you there.

I have found that there are 3 types of people when it comes to vision casting.

Type One is the non-visionary. This person is extremely focused on the present. They do not think about what the future holds because they only want to live in the moment, or because something in their life or personality taught them that only right now is guaranteed. Why plan for what you cannot control? These people are often very action oriented and fast-paced, but lack direction.

Type Two is the vision only person. This person is a pie in the sky dreamer. They are always vision casting, always dreaming about the future, but that is where it ends. This person is so focused on their life to come that they cannot or do not take any action steps towards their desired future.

Type Three is the action driven visionary. This is a person who has their focus equally on the present and the future. They are both ambitious dreamers and dedicated planners and achievers. They cast vision for the future, but also take the daily action steps they need in order to get them to their goal.

Which type do you see yourself most in?

Now, while there may be aspects of your personality or past experience that have caused you to look at vision casting through the lens of one of the three types above, that doesn’t mean you are stuck there. The Agave planning method is designed to help all types of people take their vision from a dream to reality. The whole point of this process is to give you the tools you need and guide you through the steps that will help you live the life you were designed to live.

Vision casting is the first step in this process.

All of you type ones may be asking yourself, why is it important to set a vision? Without vision, your life lacks direction. Our lives are incredibly busy. Whether you are taking care of your family, working, or getting through stressors or trauma – life can pass you buy in an instant. We can busy ourselves with a million tasks and to dos and still not move forward. A vision gives you a guide for how to prioritize your life and time. When you cast a vision, you are setting a course, a destination for your future. Vision gives your day to day life purpose.

So, how do you actually cast vision?

  1. Get a blank sheet of paper or the Agave Vision Casting printable which is included in the FREE Agave Starter Pack (subscribe to get your copy!).
  2. Go to a space where you can be focused and uninterrupted.
  3. Close your eyes and picture your ideal life – where do you want to be at the end of the year? 5 years? 10 years? 20 years?
  4. Give yourself 20-30 mins to brainstorm and write down everything you can think of. Let your thoughts flow freely, don’t edit yourself, and be as specific as possible. It is important to take the full time here. If you are done after 5 or 10 minutes, push yourself to write more. Go deeper. Keep pushing.
  5. If you are having trouble and aren’t sure what your vision is, think about someone you admire or even people you are jealous of or compare yourself to – what do you like about their life? What about them do you wish was present for you?
  6. Now, go back through and circle, highlight, or underline the things you wrote down that have the most meaning for you. You will know what those things are because you will most likely have some sort of emotional reaction when you think about them. Maybe the reaction is joy or maybe it is fear – it can be anything, but the important thing is that on a gut level it is means something to you.

For many of us, myself included, fear and insecurity make some of the dreams I have for myself seem impossible. There have been times where I have sat down to vision cast and found myself paralyzed by my own feelings of not being enough. I will have a thought like “I wish I could….” But then self-doubt will set in and I will push the thought away. However, I know that when I can cast vision for my future, I picture myself living the life I was designed to live. I actually see myself achieving my dream, and by doing so I am one step closer to achieving it. You have to be able to see it in order to make it a reality. Vision casting makes that possible.

Getting rid of limiting beliefs, fear, insecurity and self-doubt is easier said than done. Maybe you have been told you can’t do something since you were a child. Maybe you have even tried something before and failed. Maybe you even have people in your life now who don’t believe in you and tell you your dreams are impossible. Maybe every time you try to dream you are overwhelmed with all of the reasons why this will never work, why you are inadequate, why you are not enough. I know. I have those thoughts too. You have to let them go. Not just once, but daily, moment by moment, every time a limiting thought pops into your head, let it go. Again, I know this is easier said than done, but here are some tools to help you in this journey.

  1. Think about something you have accomplished. It may be small. It may be big. But look back over your life and think about something you did that you are proud of. Now think back even further to when that thing was just a future goal you had in your mind. Did you believe you could do it then? Did you have any of the fear or doubt then? Did anyone tell you your dream was too big, or that you were incapable then? Did you tell yourself you couldn’t? How did you make that goal happen? What is different now and what is the same? One day not too long ago I was feeling incredibly frustrated with myself because I was trying to launch this planner and not making progress as quickly as I wanted. I spent most of the day beating myself up for not being where I wanted to be yet. I felt anxious and was saying things to myself like “You always have these big dreams but you can never get them off the ground – you will never be enough for this.” However, when I looked back, I realized that I have felt this way before every big goal that I have ever accomplished. I always have a moment (more often a series of moments) where I get anxious and depressed and tell myself I am not making progress because I am not enough in some way. But you know what I realized… every time I feel this way, I push through. I keep going and eventually, I achieve my goal. It might not be in the timeline I had originally set, but I do it! I make it happen! What a freeing realization! When I looked at my accomplishments of the past, I was able to see a pattern and realize that my fear and insecurity was more related to my impatience in setting deadlines for my goals rather than my actual ability to achieve. What do you notice when you look at your past accomplishments? How does that shed light on your current situation?
  2. Make a list of all of your fears and doubts. Write them down. All of them. Remember when you were a kid and you were afraid of the dark? It was so scary to see a weird shadow or hear an unfamiliar noise and without being able to see, your mind would play all kinds of crazy tricks imagining all of the horrors that were certainly trying to kill you in the darkness. In the light, none of those fears exist… why? Because we can see things clearly. As a parent to small children, 90% of my parenting philosophy comes from Daniel Tiger (is it just me? Can any moms out there relate?) There is an episode that talks about this fear of the dark and the song that the adults sing to help the kids overcome their fear goes like this… “see what it is, you might feel better” (I apologize if you will be unable to get this song out of your head for the rest of your life… it is the unavoidable Daniel Tiger curse) The point I am trying to make is that fear gets its power in the unknown. By naming your fear and writing it down, you instantly remove its power. When I write down one of my fears like “I am afraid that people will think I am silly or lame if I talk about my planner business.” I realize how ridiculous that sounds. Why do I care what people think? Do I want to do this? Yes – so who cares if some anonymous person doesn’t agree with what I want to do with my life. As the amazing Rachel Hollis so wisely says “Other people’s opinions are none of my business” (listen to a great podcast by her on this topic). Write down your fears, I think you will be surprised by how many lose their power over you.

We have covered a lot of ground in this post. We have talked about why it is important to vision cast, how to do it, and tips for overcoming fear and insecurity in casting vision. Now the only thing left is to actually do it! So, get a pen and paper and get to casting that vision. Don’t forget to subscribe to get your FREE Agave Starter Pack including the Agave Vision Casting printable, or if you want to purchase the whole Agave system, head to the Agave Planner Etsy Shop. I am so excited for the dreams you are about to bring into reality! Don’t forget to tell me how this process worked for you and what vision you are working toward in the comments.