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Achieve Your Dreams and Experience True Happiness - Starting Today

Make Your Dream Life Happen Starting Today

I was destined to become a builder.
My dream life started as a young boy, building pretend roads and dams on Sydney's beaches.
This led me to building major highway and energy infrastructure projects in Australia and then Canada as a project manager.  Next I was buying, building and scaling companies.
Now I'm a builder of Leaders.

My time is spent helping people become great leaders to build and grow their businesses. Helping leaders achieve success by taking accountability for getting the right people on their team, encouraging disruptive innovation while taking risks in their industry. To achieve this it's crucial to maintain a healthy balance in life with family and business. It’s our passion that gets us out of bed in the morning and drives us to succeed.
Work to live, not live to work.

Unlocking your full potential, visualizing those Big Hairy Audacious Goals, and being honest about what your dreams really look like are key to getting everything you desire in life. I know, it’s January, cash flow's taken a hit, your direction is a little unclear, and who knows how the economy is going to play out in the next few months…let’s for a moment block out all the negatives and focus on what we do know and what we want for our lives

Visualization Is Key

Visualizing a family reunion in Chamonix, France, Jan 2023
“If my mind can conceive it and my heart can believe it
then I can achieve it” ”
- Muhammad Ali

Whether it’s this mantra or any other of a similar nature, creating a vision in your mind to live by is the first step to success.

Visualization helps you to build self-confidence, develop new skills, and focus on your goals. These in turn enable you to overcome the fears and limiting beliefs that are holding you back from success and happiness. This is why I am a firm believer in using Vision Boards to help you focus on what you want and determine how to get it.

“"The world is your Oyster, you can go anywhere, do anything, be anything,
the only limitations are the ones you set for yourself". ”
- My father Reggie Hardwick

What Is A Vision Board?

If you’ve been following me for a while, you’ve no doubt heard me talk about Vision Boards before, especially at this time of the year.

Just in case you need a reminder, a Vision Board is a tool that will help you to visualize your dreams between where you are now and where you want to be down the road, whether you are focusing on the coming year or looking at a long-range plan for the next 10 years.

Why Do You Need A Vision Board?

It's been proven that you have a 90% chance of achieving your goals if you write them down. Having goals is great, but to achieve what? Too often people set goals like; run a marathon, or lose 25lbs, or give up smoking, or reach $5M in revenue, or get a new job.Sometimes they achieve their goals and then; never run again, put the 25lbs back on, start smoking again, end up back at $2M, and need another new job.  

Why are we setting those goals?Why do we relapse or go back to our old ways?Because we don't have a clear vision or purpose for our lives.

We need to know where we're headed, what arriving there looks like.Only then will we know what goals to set, and how to create real change in our lives.

How Do You Make A Vision Board?

There are only 5 steps:

  1. Grab a piece of paper (preferably 11"x17" or join 2 letter-sized together if need be) the bigger the better and grab some pens, coloring pencils or sharpies are best.
  2. In the top left hand corner write your ‘name’ and 'today's date', in the top right hand corner write 'Jan 2033' (10 years from now is a good time frame to work with).
  3. Go find a quiet place away from distractions (personally I like a mountain top or in the forest, but hey maybe a park bench or home office works for you. Close your eyes and spend some time really VISUALIZING your potential "Dream Life" in 10 years time.  Let your mind run free.  Imagine time and money are not a constraint, neither is your knowledge or financial position, just let your mind run free without restraint.  Do not concern yourself with how, only what your Dream Life could look like.
    • What are you passionate about?
    • What did you want to be when you grew up?
    • How old are you?  How fit and healthy are you?
    • Where are you living? The Okanagan, Vancouver Island, Costa Rica, the south of Spain, Tuscany, Australia? Maybe a digital nomad?
    • Kids? How many? How old will they be? Grandchildren?
    • How is business doing? Did you complete that acquisition? Have you sold it yet? Are you still working?
    • Did you complete that degree or MBA yet?
    • Become a Traveller? To which countries have you visited?
    • Become a Hiker or Cyclist? Where? Read 100 books? Do an Ayahuasca retreat in South America? Work at an orphanage in Africa?…
    • Don’t hold back, the world is your oyster!
  4. Now draw it, take your time and get creative. Don’t worry if you can't draw, it may look like a Picasso drawing, but hey he became famous.
  5. Hang it up on the wall in your home office, somewhere you can see it every day. Share it with family and colleagues. Talk about it. Get excited about it.
The view from our Chalet, Chamonix, France, Jan 2023

Why is it important to review your vision board? - Reflect, Renew, and Redirect

You may have started this exercise last year or a couple of years ago, especially those of you I work with regularly.  Wherever you are on this journey, once you have a completed or updated Vision Board, it’s essential to place it where you can see it.  The wall in your home office, or the screen saver on your laptop and phone.Regular review is important and the start of a new year is an ideal time to do it.Renewing your excitement about your Dream Life after completing your Vision Board is key to assist you in resetting your goals for the coming year. See my last blog post on goal settings.

“Create a vision for the life you really want
and then work relentlessly towards making it a reality.”
— Roy T. Bennett

If you get stuck, or seem to be unable to get started, let me know, I can help.I'd be happy to assist you work through the process, and share my Vision Board with you and how it's changed and grown over time.Being accountable to someone for the progress you make on your Vision Board (both its creation and execution) goes a long way to helping you smash your goals and live your dream life!

Meet Chris Hardwick

Executive Business Coach

For over 20 years I've been helping entrepreneurs and business leaders to realize their dreams and achieve success.

As an entrepreneur, world traveler, adventurer, and motivator, I lead by example. My goal is to inspire you with my passion for life, success and happiness.

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