Visualise Your Business Future With The Power of a Painted Picture

Posted on / by Natalie Sisson / in Entrepreneurs / 33 comments
Future is full of opportunities

I just celebrated my birthday, and I always find that this special occasion opens you up to more reflection and introspection.

I thought it was about time I came clean on my grand vision for my business and life . I feel like I’ve been keeping it from you.

So today I figured I’d take the lid off my dreams and share them with you, candidly.

It’s a little scary being so open but it’s also something I pride myself on.

At the start of the year, during the most productive week of my life (aka my digital sabbatical), I had the time to read a lot of books.

One I loved was Double Double, by Cameron Herold. In it, he talks about creating your Painted Picture.

Clarifying Your Business Vision

A Painted Picture is a clear vision of where you want your business to be, three years from now.

He suggests you get out of your office or normal working domain (which for me is never normal) to actually write it.

I have found that the best way to start your Painted Picture is to sit by the ocean, go up into the forest, find a spot in the mountains, or even do what I did when I wrote the Painted Picture for BackPocket COO: lay in your backyard in a hammock and just start sketching or writing.  Chapter 1 FREE here gives you more tools too…

It’s a really interesting exercise to go through each section of your business (and your life), writing out your vision in the present tense.

It’s powerful too. It’s as if you’re already there and you can visualise what the future looks like…which is the whole point.

It got me all jazzed up reading about what I wanted my business to become. Even though I’m not there yet, seeing it written down on paper, just gets me excited.

It took me about two hours in total and it was challenging, and also fun. I mean you get to let all your inhibitions go and dream up a grandiose vision for what you really want your business and life to look and feel like.

I shared my painted picture with my team in January, and I know Cher reads it weekly and feels pumped by it. I opened it up on my birthday and realised I should honestly be looking at it more often myself.

Then I remembered, Cameron says that if you publicly share your painted picture, it makes you even more accountable to achieving your business vision.

So here it is. 

I highly recommend reading the first chapter (or the whole of) Cameron’s book to create your painted picture. He shares his right there in the book and it’s really moving.

The reason you don’t go past the three year mark is that you need to keep one foot planted in reality, while still be able to `lean out into the future’ as Cameron says.

Plus, you and I know how hard it is to visualise 5 or 10 years out, especially when you’re just starting out. Three is much more manageable and achievable, but still requires you to dream big.

That’s why I cover how to create your own powerful Painted Picture in my Freedom Plan program in a whole module! Learn more at thefreedomplan.rocks

Go ahead and tell me in the comments ONE thing you’d write in your Painted Picture

  • Thanks for sharing your Painted Picture, Nat—love it! I’m totally inspired to create my own for Breakthrough Adventures. I’m traveling today and will be reading Cameron’s chapter 1 on the plane (and re-reading YOURs)!

    • Awesome, let me know what you think of his book and also share your painted picture with me when it’s done.

  • The one thing I would write on my painted picture is, “I will be living a fulfilling, freeing life that allows me to pursue my passions, whatever they may be, whenever they may arise.”

    I could definitely see that happening in my future once I figure out what I want to do to make a living!

    Thank you for sharing your painted picture–it was truly an inspiration that I will come back to and read again as I set goals for myself!

    • Thanks so much Krysta. I love that statement, now I look forward to you defining what it is you will do. That can take time to develop but so long as you stay true to doing more of the things you enjoy each and every day, it will come together for you.

  • hey Natalie great stuff. I always take time out in Nov/Dec to invent my ‘year to live into’ covering all aspects of live, work, play. Strangely one of my ‘to do’s of 2013 was to visit all four tennis Grand Slams in the year, French, Wimbledon, NY and Melbourne. I will get a couple of Wimbledon tickets so if you are around let me know well in advance and you can come as my guest. Cheers to the Freedom and Adventurer

    • Are you kidding me? I’d love to go! I’ve been to all four Grand Slams, that was my dream back in 2007/2008 but the two times I’ve been to Wimbledon I’ve only ever gone for the evening matches and it’s the only once I’ve never been to Centre court so count me in! It would have to be like the 1st of July though as I’m playing European Beach Champs in Spain 27-30 June, and need to get to the US by the 3rd of July!

  • wow this is so inspiring! Thanks so much for sharing!

  • The whole lot is awesome Natalie, so thank you.
    I really want to get each of my 3 adult children into the property market, a stepping stone for investment or a place to call home-base, whatever strategy they choose… So I want 4 homes.
    And I strongly want to teach my loved ones, for generations to come, that there’s a much better model to making a living & living a life than the conservative one we are currently taught.
    Opps sorry, that’s 2 :)) love your passion
    cheers Roni xx

    • I love that you gave two Roni, it shows you’re a multi-passionate woman with real vision for her future and her family’s future. That’s a whole lot of awesome right there too

  • Thanks Natalie, very inspiring and motivating 🙂 plan to read the chapter and have a go at mine, cheers for sharing, I think you are one special lady who is brave enough to share and change peoples lifes

    • Thank you so much Jane that means a lot to me. You definitely should read the chapter from Cameron, it will really help you focus in on what’s important to you.

  • Fantastic picture. What plug in was that created on if you don’t mind me asking? One for me would to have a the business more automated and to find my ‘groove’ with it.

    Thanks for sharing. I still drool over your website when I visit!

    • It’s using Slideshare so you can just upload a powerpoint or a PDF and then you can embed it on your website – pretty cool huh. And I’m looking forward to you automating the stuff that should be automated so you can focus on the other important stuff more. Hopefully that flagship program will help with that when I launch it later this year.

  • Simply perfect Natalie.

    I love how in the past month you have opened up and shared with your tribe what you are doing and what you are building. The intimacy this has created is astounding. WAY TO GO.
    I am definitely the type of rebel that wants to stay connected to you.

    Thanks.

    Alan

    • Thanks so much Alan, that means a lot and I think you’re right. It’s definitely inline with how I like to act in my own life so I’m glad it’s rubbing off positively!

  • Nóra Nagy

    Dear Nathalie,
    The great was about your “picture” that it was like a description of your present…and that’s why it works I guess…I am definitely going to start visualizing my future life and business…even if I am at such a beginner level but full of plans…thanks so much for the inspiration!!
    Nora

    • Exactly Nora, that’s the whole point of it. It makes you feel as if you’re already living your dream. Very powerful stuff. The next step is to refer to it weekly, or even more frequently to really hammer it home and make it even more believable.

  • Bigredtomato

    This is excellent Natalie. I thought when you were talking about a painted picture you were talking about a “work/life” shield – but this is so much more than that and a really good tool to share with prospective clients. Great stuff.

    • Thanks Matthew. Yes it’s so much more than that. It’s the full shenanigans!

  • Wow Natalie that was an amazing read! Very timely for me as my birthday is in a few days. I always evaluate life and goals on my birthday; and being almost halfway through the year makes it the perfect time to sit down with myself and my strategic plan and look at the big picture. Maybe this year I can incorporate a Painted Picture. Thank you for sharing and being so awesome! I have so many ideas for this, but let’s start with this one… My charitable foundation is up and running, wildly successful and changing lives helping soldiers, veterans and military families nationwide! WooHooo that felt GOOD!

  • One of my favorite quotes comes from Steven Covey — “All things are created twice. First mentally, then physically”. You did a great job with the Slide Share in creating the mental; and, it’s pretty clear from all that you’re doing the physical is following quickly. Thanks for sharing!

  • One of my favorite quotes comes from Steven Covey — “All things are created twice. First mentally, then physically”. You did a great job with the Slide Share in creating the mental; and, it’s pretty clear from all that you’re doing the physical is following quickly. Thanks for sharing!

  • Nancy Hamilton

    I love your clear vision. I expected to see more drawn pictures from you ;). The words are very powerful though. Looking forward to drafting my own. See you on the coaching course tonight.

  • Nancy Hamilton

    I love your clear vision. I expected to see more drawn pictures from you ;). The words are very powerful though. Looking forward to drafting my own. See you on the coaching course tonight.

  • aecmama

    This exercise really helped me focus on what I need to do to work smarter. it was very helpful. Thanks! http://aec-idecide.org/m-o-m-blog.php

  • Debra Rock-Evans

    This is just brilliant Nat, you have such a clear vision of your what, your why as well as your won’ts. What is really cool is that I see you already living this life! I love your aspirations (especially to be an angel investor and have red carpet coaching clients). As you know my birthday is coming up and I’ll certainly be doing this exercise and reading Camerons chapter to steer me through it! Thanks for sharing this x

  • This is just brilliant Nat, you have such a clear vision of your what, your why as well as your won’ts. What is really cool is that I see you already living this life! I love your aspirations (especially to be an angel investor and have red carpet coaching clients). As you know my birthday is coming up and I’ll certainly be doing this exercise and reading Camerons chapter to steer me through it! Thanks for sharing this x

  • Katie Milton

    Great points! I am totally excited and am scheduling my digital sabbatical right now!

  • Katie Milton

    Great points! I am totally excited and am scheduling my digital sabbatical right now!

  • I’m touched. I feel amazingly connected to your vision so close to mine. We do have a lot in common. Thank you!

  • I’m touched. I feel amazingly connected to your vision so close to mine. We do have a lot in common. Thank you!

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