how to write your 10 year vision

How many times have you heard someone say, "What the **** am I going to do with my life?" or "Is this the right path for me?"

Not only is it a luxury of our time and circumstance to be overwhelmed with options and information, but searching outwardly for the answers has proven to most certainly lead us astray. Tell them to stop it. Stop it right now.

We must inquire within. We must access the part of ourselves that is quietly and patiently waiting for us to shut up, sit still and listen up. Envisioning your life and how you want to feel in it (without regard to time, money, and knowledge), I believe, is the only way to have any clarity or confidence about what you do today. As my favorite fire-starter likes to say:

"Knowing how you actually want to feel is the most potent form of clarity that you can have. Generating those feelings is the most powerfully creative thing you can do with your life."

- Danielle Laporte

So where do you start?


This is kind of a no-brainer but I often find this is the step most people forget. Make room in your schedule to ensure you have space to let your inner voice surface. Commit to it.

Candles, Enya, Tyler the Creator, meditatation, T-Swift - anything goes! Some people like to head to their secret spot with the epic view and others like the comfort in the cave of their home office. Whatever works for you - just make sure it feels a little extra special. This is not your practice life, people. This is it.

A Day In The Life:
Imagine a day in your life 10 years from today. Write a letter about how it feels, what you're doing, who's there with you. Try to fill up an entire page.

Letters to the Future:
Someone writes you a letter 10 years from now thanking you for the person you are. What do they say?

Write Your Resume:
You have to post a resume to your personal website one day telling people all about you. Not just the kind of work you've done but the kind of coworker you will be. What does it say? Who are you? How do you feel in this new life?

Make a Vision Board:
You can pin or post a board of all the things that are in your life in 10 years. Who's on it? Where are you? What does it feel like when you look at it?


Try not to sensor yourself. Use your words. Just go where your mind and fingers take you. If you get stuck - answer some of these questions to keep going.

Resist the urge to edit and judge what comes out. Keep going until you feel like you're repeating yourself. Close it and reopen it later (preferably tomorrow) to edit.

Make it pretty. Put it on your mirror. On your facebook or blog. On your dashboard (car or computer). Share it with the ones you love.


In your vision, if it looks like you're living in a city - what city are you in? What does your living arrangement look like? How much does it cost?

Use this amazing worksheet to fill out your goals with your new vision in mind!
Trickle your goals and feelings back from the future  to figure out what you can start doing today to make this vision legitimately real.

What are you going to start doing today that will make this vision real? Post your 1 year goals below to share 'em with the world or hashtag #visionandgoals on twitter/instagram.

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Would really like to see the document in #4 – the inspirational questions – but I get an error, page not found, message when I click on that link. I tried searching but can’t seem to find it. Is it still accessible for blog readers somewhere else maybe?

Comment by Kaitlyn @ Shoot the Breeze — August 1, 2013 @ 8:40 am

Hi Kaitlyn,
Thank you so much for bringing this to our attention. The link should be up and running and you should have full access to these great questions.

Comment by lululemon athletica GEC — August 1, 2013 @ 10:29 am

Educator from Orlando, FL here — this is so appropriate as today I chose to sit down, find my muse, and re-write my vision. I’m so glad that this is posted here today for the entire world!

1 year goal:
I run SeaWheeze 2014 in under 2 hours.

Comment by linadee — August 1, 2013 @ 12:23 pm

I just noticed this blog post pop up on my Facebook newsfeed while on a break from reading and it got me thinking about the future.

Next month, I am going back to University to start teacher training. A year from now, I hope to be a qualified teacher with a job lined up for September. Three years from now, I hope to have a Masters in Education, specialising in school management, which I will do part-time while teaching. Five years from now, hopefully I will be about to start the new school year as a deputy head. Ten years from now, I will be the principle.

The book I’m actually taking a break from reading right now is called, “Learning to Teach in Primary School”. What can I start doing today, to make my vision legitimately real?

I’m already doing it!

Comment by Lauren — August 2, 2013 @ 8:47 am

I never thought this process would be so emotional. But it has been, in all the right ways. I can now see, feel, hear, smell, and truly experience my life ten years from now. It was such a shock what flowed to paper once I allowed myself to hope and believe.

I always thought I was doing the right things to achieve my goals. But I never clearly defined my goals and somehow never even wrote them down. I’m confident my goals will change over the years, but I’m also confident that I will achieve so much more because of this process.

Thank you lululemon! Slightly cheesy, but I think you just changed my life .

Comment by Cassie — August 4, 2013 @ 11:20 am

Thank you so much for this post :)

Comment by Natalia — August 4, 2013 @ 7:17 pm

I love the interactive worksheets. I don’t think we step back enough and look at our life … are we where we want to be? Are we headed in the direction we want to go? This was a helpful reminder with some real actionable advice and tools! Time to be our best selves! xo

Comment by Jesica @rUnladylike — August 5, 2013 @ 2:25 pm

I like this strategy because it has you begin with the end in mind, which is essential – and then has you break your bigger goal into smaller steps. Very nicely done – I like the form design as well…Cheers!

Comment by George — August 9, 2013 @ 3:18 pm

I loved hearing all your reactions. Visions are intense and I take a deep pleasure in rewriting mine every 6-12 months! I try to pay more attention to how I want to feel than what physical things I want. This way I can integrate those feels into every day of my life and suck every ounce of meaning/joy out a certain period in my life.
@lauren – sending you love and light on your teaching journey!
@cassie – so glad this impacted you so deeply. we believe in the power of vision & goals so I’m happy to hear you’re hooked ;)

Comment by Alyson — August 9, 2013 @ 3:26 pm

What a great post to reflect on after so many people had a #GoalCrushing weekend at the Seawheeze! Congratulations to all those whom had realized their vision and executed on their plans. As you mentioned Alyson revisiting every 6-12 months allows us to continue to evolve and grow.

Looking back five years from now I am sure we will all be plesently surprised at the changes and impact goal setting will have on our lives.

Comment by Shaemas — August 13, 2013 @ 9:43 am

I love this article. Great advice on setting long term goals.

People over estimate what they can do in a year and under estimate what they can do in 10 years.

Comment by Shauna Ousley — October 21, 2013 @ 3:09 pm

This is a really wonderful tool to help you focus on how to create your 10-year goal. It helps break down the process and how to go from one step to the other. I liked it so much that I used it as a lesson in my classroom! Thank you!

Comment by Heidi — October 31, 2013 @ 6:38 am

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