10 Tips For Building A Vision For Your Life…Even If You Have No Idea

Rob Kowalski
15 min readDec 18, 2019

Today I want to tell you how to build a vision for your life even if you have no idea. When I first started down this path of trying to discover my purpose I really didn’t have any idea why I was on this earth. I knew I wanted to make a difference and have some kind of impact. And that was really about it. But after years of going through a process in which I’ve got crystal clear of why I’m here I have some practical advice that I can give to you for discovering your purpose and putting it into a vision for your life. So today I’m going to give you 10 tips for how to build a vision even if you have no idea. The first six tips will be very practical and then the next four tips will be for all the believers out there.

I wanted to put the practical tips first because some people even at the mention of faith or spirituality their minds just shut down they’re just so closed minded they won’t even listen from that point on. So I wanted to share the practical tips with you first and then the next four tips would be for the believers. If you’re not a believer I would suggest you continue watching because they will still work for you whether you believe or not they still apply. You don’t have to believe in gravity for it to work. So with no further ado here we go. All right so let’s talk about first why having a vision for your life is so important. People like Arnold Schwarzenegger have said things like that you first have to have a vision and without a vision you have nothing. He also went on to say that without a vision you just kind of drift around and never go anywhere.

The Good Book would put it like this that without vision people perish. So you don’t literally die but you just kind of rot on the vine because you don’t have a specific destination. Life doesn’t really have a meaning and you just kind of drift through and you never really do a whole lot in your life. So having a vision is basically like having a mental picture of what you want your life to be like what you want your ideal life to look like. That is really what developing a vision for your life is all about. How do you want to spend your days. What do you want to be doing where do you want to be living etc. so you can see why this is an important topic.

#1 ENROLL OTHERS: By that I mean asking other people that care about you what you’re good at.

What do they think that your purpose might be. Where do they see you shine. Ideally you want to ask people that have pursued their own dreams. And it’s important to know here you’re not asking for permission to do this you’re just asking them for their opinion of what you’re good at. The other thing you can do and what I did when I started down this journey was I enrolled the help of a life coach. It was actually my pastor’s wife. And if you start meeting with a good life coach they will ask you questions and you will be able to answer those questions and I promise you that everybody that’s watching this has a purpose. You have a specific reason that you are on this earth. Even if you don’t know it it is inside of you and a good life coach will ask you the questions and get those answers out.

Once you get those answers out for whether they be from your friends or your life coach what you want to do is you want to put it into the form of a vision statement and you want to tell it like it’s a present reality. It’s going to be something that’s let’s say three to five years from now but you’re going to read it as if it’s happening in the current state. And this is something that I did eight years ago and I read it to myself every day. Now I actually recorded myself bringing it into my my voice memo and I listened to it on the drive to work. But you want to continuously remind yourself of this is where you’re going. And it will change and morph over time but start to paint a picture of what you want your ideal life to look like and read it to yourself every day.

This will also put the law of attraction to start to work into your favor and you will start to attract those things those situations and those resources into your life.

#2 DEVELOP A MORNING ROUTINE: So one of the best books that I’ve read over the last year was a book called The Miracle morning and what the author said in the book was that how you wake up each day and your morning routine or lack thereof will dramatically affect your level of success. And I couldn’t agree with them more. So I’ve been following the same routine for the last several several years and I absolutely love it. It’s produced some really powerful results in my life and I you don’t necessarily have to follow the same routine that I follow. But you do need to follow a routine and you want to start your day everyday the same way and that is from a position of power.

So some of the tactics that I used to start my day and then three that I mentioned are the first thing I do is I visualize. So I sit there on the edge of my bed and the quiet early before anyone else wakes up and I. Imagine my day I see you know I know certain things that I have to do to that that day and appointments and a workout and everything else and I’ll see myself going through my day as vividly as possible how I want be you know how hard I want to work out how I want to show up and that meeting the energy that I want to have throughout the day all the way through until I go to bed. I might even imagine a scenario where I get an unexpected email or surprise and I’ll have a smile on my face because I’ll see something good happening to me and then I’ll I’ll visualize my life and let’s say three or five years from now I’ll get into a scenario in my mind where I see it as vividly as possible.

Like maybe I’m getting onto a plane or I’m on vacation with my wife or whatever it is I’m speaking in front of a group of people. I’ll imagine a scenario as vividly as possible almost to the point where I could even smell the smells. And again I’ll be sitting there with my eyes closed and I have a big smile on my face. And what that does for me is it fuels me. It gets me excited about all the work that I’m gonna have to do that that day to get to that place. But again it also puts the law of attraction at work for me because now I know what I want and I know where I’m going and I’ll start to see opportunities to get there and your mind is more powerful than you can imagine. If you continue to remind it where you want to go it will start to figure out ways for you to get there so visualization is a very one of my favorite practices that I follow every morning.

The second thing I do is a journal that I don’t do this every day but I do try to do it at least a couple of times a week and I’ll write down I’ll just start to write down you know ideas and sometimes I’ll just talk about even where I’m at emotionally but what journaling does for me as it helps me start to untangle some of those ideas in my mind once I start to write them out. So journalism a lot of powerful practice and the last thing that I’ll mention that I do is I idea where I sit down with my journal and I’ll write down a goal at the top of the page and then I’ll just write down as many ideas as possible under that. So Earl Nightingale made a talk years ago about this and he said try to come up with five ideas every day.

If you do this five days a week by the end of the week you have twenty five ideas. Some them are going to be really stupid ideas but some of them are gonna be huge winners. So you want to just kind of you just want to imagine you just want to write things down and don’t even write the silly things down just just right. I actually did this morning and came up with some some really valuable ideas. Tony Robbins also mentions this practice where you just kind of sit there and just trying to kind of dream and you just think and you just doodle almost and you just come up with all these things. So that’s another valuable thing you can do to start to develop a vision for your life.

#3 TALK ABOUT IT ALL THE TIME: So as you start to figure out what your vision might be you want to talk about it a lot and start telling people why this thing needs to be and what that’s going to do is going to start attracting people and resources for you to make that vision come to pass.

So more than likely you’re not going to have all the gifts all the talents all the resources to pull this thing off by yourself. If you do have all the gifts and talents and resources to pull it off by yourself it’s probably a good indication that your vision isn’t big enough. But. As you start to talk about it you will start to attract people and potentially money or opportunities for you to do this thing. So start to express that passion the people that why this thing needs to exist and you can do this in person.

When you talk to people at networking meetings or whatever but I would suggest you know engaging the power of social media and start a weekly podcast or a blog or even a blog or whatever but start to share your message with other people. So now you can attract more help and pulling it off.

#4 SET GOALS: So one thing that I do is I plan out my days the night before I plan up my weeks on Sunday and I plan out my months on the last Sunday of the month. I actually plan out my years in January and I start attaching goals to the things that I want to do. I start putting dates on to the things that I want to accomplish because they say a goal without a date is just a wish. So you want to give yourself some kind of timetable for accomplishing this.

And if you want more you better start doing the best with what you have right now or do you. The universe just doesn’t work that way. So you start putting goals in place for the things that you want to accomplish and your vision as you start to get these things done. The vision will become bigger and it will become clearer as you move toward it. If you don’t move toward it you’ll never get clear on it. It will never become bigger. It’s almost like something that you see on the horizon. Imagine if you are a ship and you saw a little speck on the horizon and you sailed toward it as you sail toward it it becomes bigger and then it becomes clearer and you’re like holy crap and you start seeing all the details but you’ll never see it that clearly. And how big it is until you move toward it.

So start putting goals in place and start accomplishing them one by one and then you’ll see the vision grow and you’ll see it become clear.

#5 UP YOUR FRIEND GAME: I love the saying that you’re the average of the five people that you spend the most time with because I think it’s absolutely true. So if you start hanging out with people that are chasing dreams pursuing their vision it becomes contagious. And it will inspire you to then jump and start chasing your own dreams. You can do this probably in a variety of ways. I’m sure there’s lots of networking groups out there where you can be surrounded by people that are going after business ventures or whatever but one really easy way to do this is start volunteering automatically when you volunteer you surround your self with a better class of people. These are people that are not just looking out for themselves.

So as you start to surround yourself with these people start adding value to their life and they’ll start adding value to your life and having a group of friends like that will become very beneficial and useful to you as you start chasing your dreams. Because now there will be people around you willing to help you make your vision come to pass.

#6 READ GREAT BOOKS: So you should be reading regularly if not daily. And I don’t mean fiction books either I’m talking about personal development books or biographies or

autobiographies of people of notable achievement because they will inspire you and give you ideas and you will see that it can be done it will raise your belief level and it will just make it seem possible in your mind for you. Everybody loves the story of Roger Bannister about the four minute mile. Nobody and rubber ran a four minute mile in history up until this one guy and then right after he ran it I think like five more people ran up in the same year because he broke that mental block that people had that it couldn’t be done. So as you start to read books about people that have accomplished incredible things you’ll start to believe that your vision could come to pass and maybe it your vision will even grow and get bigger because you know people have done even greater things that maybe you are believing for so start to read great books the personal development books will give you the tactics and the biographies and autobiographies will give you the inspiration. OK. Those are my first six reasons and they are very practical.

The next four reasons are gonna be for all the believers out there. And again if you’re not a believer I would suggest you continue watching because these will work for you just the same.

#7 SPEND REGULAR TIME WITH GOD: So one of my practices on my morning routine as I sit and I spend a quiet time with God where I’ll talk to him about things that are important to me and I’ll sit there and I’ll listen an hour reflect. And very often almost daily I’ll get some really good ideas and I’ll have my phone sitting next to me and I’ll put ideas into my phone and things that I could do or and I believe that that’s when God speaks to me in the silence volume expressing the things that are important to me to him and asking for answers or asking for help to accomplish these incredible these things that I’m believing for so I would suggest that you start spending a regular time with God.

This is probably the most important thing that you’ll do because even as you have all these ideas even if you get a great vision statement from a life coach and you know you visualize this amazing life for yourself ultimately you really want to run everything through him because if it’s not something that he wants for you then you probably aren’t going to be that fulfilled even if you’re able to attain it. So I would definitely suggest spending a regular time with God daily.

#8 GET ALL THE SIN OUT OF YOUR LIFE: Number eight get all the sin out of your life. Now this is a somebody I don’t think it’s talked about enough when it comes to discovering a vision or a purpose for your life.

But I think there’s plenty of verses that support this belief. I specifically refer to Romans twelve to where he talks about not being conformed to the pattern of the world. It says and then you will be able to test and approve of God’s will as his good pleasing and perfect will. And I associate God’s will with a vision for your life and your purpose because he is the one that created you. You are here for a specific reason. And until you are living in his will you’re never gonna have that deep fulfillment because you won’t be living out your purpose. So in order to know his will according to the word is you have to get the sin out of your life. And that I believe is one of the biggest reasons why people don’t discover their purpose because they’re not willing to let that thing go whatever that thing is.

Imagine if you know God’s trying to take you to this better place but you’re hanging onto this thing and he’s he’s wanting to take you to this promised land. But you will let go of that thing because you’re not sure that it’s gonna be better out there without it. But if you’re really serious and you’re really committed to figuring out what you’re here for and discovering a vision for your life be willing to put all that sin on the altar and I believe that’s when you start to get ultimate clarity. In fact when I started to discover my vision for my life I really didn’t know much else besides not to sin.

That was about all I really know is like OK I believe that if I didn’t say that he would tell me and sure enough he began to do that as I started to give up those things.

#9 LOOK FOR SIGNS: My favorite book of all time is the alchemist and one of the things they talked about in there is looking for the moments. And by that I mean you have to look for signs because God leaves breadcrumbs on the trail he will lead you into your purpose if you’re looking for the signs. So one thing that I like to do is if I’m sensing something might be right for me it might be part of God’s vision for my life. I’ll take a step in that direction and I’ll see if God meets me. Now sometimes he will sometimes will show up and he’ll meet me and then I’ll know it’s him and things will start to fall in place. Sometimes he don’t meet me. It’ll just I’ll realize it was just one of my dumb ideas. But I like to take a step and then see if God sends me any signs to confirm that this is actually what he wants for me. Now. Just because there are signs and there’s omens doesn’t mean that it’s necessarily going to be easy. I’ve been in the will of God pursuing my vision and it’s been extremely difficult but I knew that that’s where I was supposed to be.

So just because you’re you’re seeing signs and you’re you’re seeing omens doesn’t necessarily it’s gonna be easy but you will know in your gut that you will get that deep sense of peace in your stomach not your head not your heart even not what you think not what you you know your emotions but what you feel that peace in your gut instinct you’ll get that deep sense of peace that this is what you’re supposed to be doing. Or this is where you’re supposed to be

#10 FAST: I saved this one for last because this is a tactic that I like to pull out when I’m extremely desperate for an answer because I don’t like to give up pretty much anything that I like but specifically food is usually my go to when I fast and if I’m really desperate to get an answer from God I will not eat from sundown to sundown till I’m 24 hours and every time I get on hunger pain I’ll use that as a reminder to pray and what I believe that does for me is it shows God that I’m really serious about having him move or giving me an answer in this area of my life. And then it also gives me a deep sense of peace of mind because at that point I know that not only am I doing everything in my power working as hard as I possibly can.

To know what my vision is and make it a reality but now I’m not only praying and asking God I’m actually fasting and it gives me peace of mind to know that I’m doing everything in my power to make sure that I discover what my vision is for my life. So those are my 10 reasons for how to develop a vision for your life even if you have no idea. Hopefully after watching it you are inspired to jump and I would just encourage you to start today. Don’t worry about how it’s all going to work out. God is never gonna give you the answers. A disease that would overwhelm you. Just do the next thing that you know to do. Take that next step and then once you take that step he’ll show you the next step. And I would say continue to be persistent. It’s not gonna happen overnight. Be willing to go through all the hard things and just be crystal clear about where you’re going and remind yourself of it all the time.

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Rob Kowalski

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