In Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, Alice has this conversation with the Cheshire Cat:

Alice: Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here?
Cheshire Cat: That depends a good deal on where you want to get to.
Alice: I don’t much care where—
Cheshire Cat: Then it doesn’t matter which way you go.

Do you ever feel like Alice? Like you want to get somewhere, but you’re not quite sure where? For survivors of childhood sexual abuse, it can feel overwhelming to focus on more than today. But as you find your true self and reclaim hope through your healing journey, you’ll want to live in a more proactive way instead of just surviving in a reactive way.

This is your one and only life, so make it amazing!

Without a vision, it’s hard to have direction. We’ve come up with a simple but thought-provoking way to envision your future positively and document it. Dream big. This is your one and only life, so make it amazing!

How to write a future vision statement

Here’s how to write your future vision statement: Take a little time to close your eyes and imagine what you want your future to look like. See it as if you’ve already achieved all your dreams. Imagine everything, even the smallest details. Don’t let that inner critic tell you it’s out of your reach or that you’re not good enough.

Now, while you can still see that vision clearly in your mind, write down what it looks like. State it in the present tense, as if it’s already a reality. Don’t say, “Someday I want to be a world-class chef.” Write down, “I’m a world-class chef at a 5-star restaurant.” Stating things in the present tense connects you with a powerful force in your brain, faith, that begins the process of making your vision become a reality. Sometimes the spark of belief is all your brain needs to start creating the future that you desire.

Four areas to think about are:

Describe your health, your looks, the aura that you give off, how you carry yourself, and the type of clothes you wear.
Describe your strength, how you deal with triggers, and the way you feel in this ideal feature.
Talk about your gratitude to your higher power and the relationship you have with the spiritual side of yourself.
Write what you are looking for in your relationships, what you need from them, and what you give to them.

I have a future vision statement. Now what?

After you’ve written these down, hang the paper somewhere prominent—a place where you’ll see it and read it every day. Take time to read a few of the sentences aloud. Hearing the words will be both empowering and motivating.

Once you know where you want to go, it will only be a matter of time before you find the right path to that dream. And you’ll no longer be like Alice—wandering in Wonderland, not sure where to go.

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