Journey to your future

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A set of questions to guide you through visioning your future and the steps that will take you there. Adapted from http://www.presencing.com/tools/ujournaling.shtml

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Journey to your future

  1. 1. A Journey to Your Future Adapted from C. Otto Scharmer, Theory U: Chapter 21 www.theoryu.com, www.presencing.com
  2. 2. For a journey of discovery to yourself and your future, reserve about an hour of time in a quiet place. You’ll need a pen and plenty of paper. The exercise will connect self-reflection to concrete action steps, which will help you create your desired future. Write down everything that comes to mind in answer to each question, then move on to the next, maintaining flow. Here we go.
  3. 3. What are the 3 or 4 most important challenges or tasks that your life currently presents?
  4. 4. Write down 3-4 important accomplishments you have achieved or competencies you have developed in your life.
  5. 5. What 3 or 4 important aspirations, areas of interest, or undeveloped talents would you like to place more focus on?
  6. 6. What frustrates you the most at the moment?
  7. 7. What are your most vital sources of energy? What do you love?
  8. 8. Over the past couple of days and weeks, what new aspects of yourself have you noticed?
  9. 9. What is holding you back? Describe 2 or 3 recent situations in which fear, cynicism or judgment prevented you from exploring the situation you were in more deeply.
  10. 10. Imagine three people from your community looking at your life. What are their highest hopes in regard to your future journey?
  11. 11. Imagine watching yourself from high above. What are you doing? What are you trying to do in this stage of your professional and personal life?
  12. 12. Imagine watching your community, friends and colleagues from high above. What are you collectively trying to do?
  13. 13. Imagine looking back from the very last moments of your life. What would you want to be remembered for by the people who live on after you?
  14. 14. From that future place, look back at your current self. What advice would you give?
  15. 15. Now return to the present and crystallize what it is that you want to create: your vision and intention for the next 3-5 years. Describe the core elements as concretely as possible.
  16. 16. What would you have to let go of in order to bring your vision into reality?
  17. 17. What in your current life or context provides the seeds for the future that you want to create? Where do you already see your future beginning?
  18. 18. Over the next three months, if you were to prototype the future, what would that prototype look like?
  19. 19. Who can help you make your highest future possibilities a reality? Who might be your core helpers and partners?
  20. 20. If you were to take on the project of bringing your intention into reality, what practical first steps would you take over the next 3 to 4 days?

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