For this part of the exercise, have them write down vision statements about how they want to live their life. Some examples include:
“I live my life with integrity – I do the right thing, even when no one else is looking”
“I look for the good in others – we all have special things we bring to this world.”
The next step is to look at each area of their lives and think about what they want to experience. As part of the exercise, have them use the “Balance Wheel”. The Balance Wheel is a coaching tool that is used to assess various areas of a person’s life for balance – emotional, social/community, spiritual, occupational/school/financial, mental, physical, family, and recreational.Note…it is important when putting together this list that kids create their vision based on what they truly want to experience in life – not based on current circumstances and challenges. For example, if they want to work as a doctor, but aren’t making good grades, they should still hold the vision of becoming a doctor. Low grades are just a challenge that can be managed away. It is important to teach kids not to whittle down their dreams based on their current situation. Finally, have your kids create a vision board or write down their vision and put it someplace where they can see it every day. This serves as a constant reminder to follow their vision on a daily basis. Copyright © 2011 Renaye Thornborrow, AdventuresinWisdom.com. All rights reserved. Reprinted with permission from Renaye Thornborrow.