How to Create a Vivid Vision During Parenthood: A Personal Growth Guide for Modern Parents

How to Create a Vivid Vision During Parenthood: A Personal Growth Guide for Modern Parents

Through creating a vivid vision during parenthood, you can build your unique roadmap to success and transform all your dreams into reality.

Ever put your parenting hat down for a moment to get clear about the vision of your life?

Or are you sucked into the day-to-day responsibilities of being a parent that you’ve forgotten about the direction of your own life?

Maybe you’re just somewhere in the middle. Years ago you made a dream board after you watched “The Secret” movie but now you don’t even remember which closet you left it in.

You see, I’m not asking these questions to judge you. Quite the opposite actually. My intention is to provide a gentle loving reminder so you can think about an important part of your life.

I’m talking about the vision for your future and the direction you want to take your personal and family life towards.

Why do you need a vision you might ask? Well… because without having a vivid vision for your life, you end up giving the power to other people and situations to set a vision for you.

The problem is, those people and situations don’t know what you want. They only know what they want. So if there’s no alignment between what they want and what you want, then you’re in trouble.

Plus when you’re a parent you already have time and resources constraints so the last thing you want is to get to a place where you may not like what you’ve achieved or become.

A good vision allows you to reach your full potential. So the combination of that in addition to parenting being a forcing function for personal growth makes right now the best time to create a vivid vision for your life.

Life vision before and after becoming a parent

Let’s be honest. Everything changes when you become a parent. And I know this first hand because before becoming a parent I thought I had a pretty clear vision for my life.

But that vision was created when I didn’t have the parenting perspective. All I had thought of was the number of children I wanted in my future family.

What I had missed was who I was going to become after having a child. Plus I had no idea how every area of my life was going to shift in such radical ways.

Basically, I had a vision that wouldn’t work for my new life as a parent. Unfortunately, the majority of that vision focused on external elements like the type of home or gadgets I wanted to have.

Vivid vision during parenthood with a hand on paperwork on the wall

So although a good looking vision, it became uninspiring and useless once I stepped into the world of parenthood.

But of course, during the early stages who’s got time to think about abstract ideas like having a life vision when all you want to do is catch up on sleep.

That’s why I also ignored its importance and just kept living life day-to-day as I began to prioritize all these new responsibilities that fell onto my plate.

What I hadn’t realized was the impact of that kind of lifestyle. It’s normal to just focus on the day-to-day when you’re dealing with sleep deprivation, mid-night fevers, or teething issues.

But like most problems. Leaving it alone won’t automatically solve it. If anything, like a cavity in a tooth, things tend to get worse by not paying attention to them.

The real challenge with lacking a vision as a parent

You see, the struggle became real when we passed the early stages and were starting to bring our heads out of the sand.

As a result, many key questions began to come up in our conversations. We’d be asking each other questions like…

Where’s the best place to live as a young family?

What are the best educational systems we agree with?

How do you raise a child without losing yourself in the process?

These were all legit questions that I’m sure you might have asked yourself too after becoming a parent.

But the problem was, we had no immediate answers and before becoming parents we hadn’t taken the time to get clear about any of them. And the more we dug in the more questions came up.

Vivid vision during parenthood with question marks on trees

So having to deal with the challenges at hand plus navigating towards an unknown future made us once again realize the need for creating a vivid vision for our new life.

But this time we decided to take the parenting perspective into account and create a vision that not only is exciting and inspiring but it also allows us to grow as individuals.

To do that my wife and I asked ourselves if we had to only learn the three most important components of what makes a vivid vision, what would they be?

That question set us on the path to discovering the three essential parts to creating a vivid vision as a parent.

After all becoming a parent had fully shifted our perspective on life, how we prioritize, and what we value the most.

So think of your vision as a container that’s made out of three main components. In order for you to create it, you must first know what it is made of.

The 3 components of a vivid vision

We knew how before we had put an extra focus on external elements. So this time we wanted to strike a good balance between that and more intangible or internal elements.

That’s why the three components we came up with will allow you to create a vivid vision that pulls you towards itself in a way that’s unique to you.

It’s important that your vision is unique to you because no one knows you better than you.

And when you don’t get in life what you wanted, no one else may feel the disappointment as much as you might.

Below I’m going to walk you through each component so you can also begin to think about creating your own vivid vision.

1. Lifestyle

In this component, you want to think about the exact style of life you want to create for your future life. Hence why it’s called “Lifestyle”.

This is where you can let your materialistic side shine. You can think of what kind of a home you want to live in. Maybe you need more rooms for the children? Or maybe you now need a home office.

How about getting around? Do you need a bigger car to fit your children’s strollers or sports gears?

Have fun with this one but also be careful you don’t end up with a shallow list of meaningless things.

Vivid vision during parenthood with a coffee sitting on a book

Be conscious as you write each one down. Ask yourself “why do I need this” a few times to make sure it’s a real need and not just a sheer want.

What else can you think of? Gadgets, clothes, furniture, etc. Basically, take a good look at your immediate environments. Do the stuff you currently own actually serve you? Do they make you happy?

Because if they don’t, it’s time to let them go and think of new items that you’d love and really need.

Again, make sure you really think deeply about each item. Think of how it’s made, where it’s made, and what kind of impact it has on the planet you leave behind for your children.

There’s no reason for being extreme on either side. You don’t have to be an excessive consumer that buys everything but you also don’t have to live like a monk.

Get clear on what truly makes you happy and make sure it’s not coming from a place of needing to validate anything to others or even yourself and have lots of fun with this process.

2. Experiences

In this component, you want to think about the exact type of experiences you want to have in your life.

Maybe you always wanted to travel by a hot air balloon but now with a toddler, it may not sound as much of a good idea anymore. Not enough space to run around plus the fire?

Well… then how about a trip to the science museum with your little ones and learning about how the world functions.

Or what about that band you always wanted to see live? You get the idea, right?

It’s all about the experiences. After all, as humans, we tend to value experiences more than collecting materialistic possession.

There are countless studies proving that we get more out of life by spending time and money on meaningful experiences vs. buying random products.

Vivid vision during parenthood with a family walking to a villa at the beach

Have you always dreamed about seeing the Northern Lights? What’s stopping you? The truth is, a dream without a plan is just a wish.

So when you get clear about the experiences you want to have, you also begin to create plans for actually making them happen.

With that outlook, you can start to have lots of fun with this process. The universe becomes like a catalog of experiences you can’t wait to have.

But here’s a tip to make it even more fun. Do you know what makes awesome experiences even better?

You guessed that right. Doing them with the people you love. So as you explore this area think of your family.

What kind of experiences do they want? What kind of experiences do you want that they can also enjoy? Ask them and then share your list with them.

3. Growth

In this component, you want to think of your own life and your personal growth journey.

Always wanted to learn French?

How about finally writing that book?

What about doing public speaking?

Noticing a pattern here? That’s because this part is all about what pushes you outside of your comfort zone. The type of things that by doing them you grow as a person.

And the by-product of that is the kind of example you’ll set for your children. The more you grow as a person the more their vision of the human potential will be expanded.

So get clear about the exact things that will help you grow in a way that’s both scary and exciting.

It’s when there’s a right mix of both that something becomes interesting enough to pursue and sustain.

That means if you want to write a book or give a speech, make sure it’s about a topic you’re big-time passionate about. But also it’s a topic you think you still can learn more about.

Vivid vision during parenthood with a man holding a book on his head

The more you get out of your comfort zone, the more the universe will reward you with growth opportunities. But you don’t have to think of going to Mars if you haven’t left the continent you were born in yet.

You can start with smaller and more doable things and then work your way up to more difficult things. Like a muscle that has the potential to grow but it needs practice.

As mentioned earlier, this area is the one you want to make sure the focus stays on you. It’s OK to feel a little selfish. If you ever needed a permission, here’s one. Go ahead and think of your own personal growth.

So what’s the conclusion?

The last good time to create a vision was 20 years ago and the next best time is now.

Your vision is a key element that enables you to choose the direction for where you want to take your life to.

It’s this strong sense of vision that allows successful people to pursue their dreams.

By having a crystal clear and exciting vision for your future you will be able to sit in the driver’s seat of your life and achieve your dreams with ease.

As a parent, you may compromise your personal freedom or ambitions. If you don’t get crystal clear about the direction of your life you will feel lost and confused about where it’s headed.

After learning the three components of a vivid vision, you’ll be able to create your unique roadmap to success so you can transform your dreams into reality.

So what’s one thing you plan on doing to create a vivid vision during parenthood? Let me know by commenting below.

Parenthood 2.0: A Forcing Function for Personal Growth and Transformation

Parenthood 2.0: A Forcing Function for Personal Growth and Transformation

Through applying parenthood 2.0 approach, you can leverage becoming a parent as a forcing function to kickstart or accelerate your own journey of personal growth and transformation.

When you become a parent, whether it was planned or not, you’re faced with possibly one of the biggest decisions of your life.

This decision though needs to be made by choosing between two life-changing choices in front of you.

And these choices are not necessarily about your style of parenting but more about the way you’re going to view your new life as a parent.

So what are these two choices?

Well… the first choice, due to how our society has shaped us to believe, is usually the most obvious and popular one.

That is to view parenthood as a force that puts an end to your personal life and everything you used to care about.

Date nights, or hang out with friends? Who’s got time for that when you could just catch up with sleep?

How about your hobbies or alone time? That can wait for 18 years or so, right?

Most often becoming a parent means you need to sacrifice your own life and put 110% of your attention on your child.

It’s easy to fall for that choice especially when you come home with your newborn baby for the very first time and realize how dependent these little creatures are.

And there’s nothing wrong with giving your baby that kind of attention during those early stages.

When your sleep goes out the window and when you forget to eat or shower, it’s easy to believe that you no longer matter.

Put your hand up if as a parent, you’ve felt that way.

The issue with the old parenthood paradigm

But the challenge with that choice shows up after your sleep improves a tiny bit and your child starts to grow out of the baby phase and into the toddler phase.

Sure, you may never feel that your child is fully independent but you will start to notice that the dependency starts to slowly fade as your child grows older.

Now if by then, and because of that first choice, you’ve accepted that your personal life no longer matters, you’re in a big trouble.

And the trouble is that since you’re doing so much work “to parent”, you’ll become addicted to the rewards you expect from your child.

Afterall, we are pre-conditioned to expect rewards for hard work and to see life as a game of “give and take”.

So every time your child smiles at you or laughs out loud, or when you hear mom or dad, you get an increase in your dopamine levels.

Parenthood 2.0 personal growth with a baby crying on a bed

But is this really a sustainable way to live your life?

What happens to all the other times when there are no smiles or laughs?

What happens when you just showered and dressed your child but only a couple of minutes later you find yourself cleaning vomit on the floor and washing clothes?

What happens when your child is screaming so loud for no obvious reason that you wish you could just cover your ears and run away?

What happens when at 1 am your child wakes up with a crazy cry and after an hour of trying different methods, you finally manage to go back to your bed but now you’ve got insomnia?

Developing a new mindset when it comes to parenthood

You see, the only thing that can help you as a parent to cope with the challenging times of raising your child is your mindset on how you view your new life as a parent.

If you believe it’s all about the sacrifice, then you’ll be simply feeling unhappy for the majority of your life.

And that’s because let’s be honest here, parenthood is not always the photo of that smile you post on Facebook or Instagram.

To overcome that possibility and to feel great about this new chapter of your life, you must feel strong and fulfilled on the inside.

But how can you achieve that if all you’ve done is to put the oxygen mask on your child and forgotten how to breathe yourself?

There’s gotta be a better way, right?

You need a better approach and that’s where the second choice can help.

The better approach is to view parenthood as a forcing function for personal growth and transformation.

Welcome to a new version of parenting.

You might have heard of the conscious parenting approach which has been made popular by Dr. Shefali Tsabary. It’s a style of parenting which flips the whole game.

In this new version of parenting, called here as parenthood 2.0, raising your child requires you to first raise your own inner-child so you can fulfill your own potential as a parent.

A new outlook and approach for parenthood

At its core, this approach embodies a radical belief and that is to become a better parent, you must first become a better person.

But that takes a lot of work and more importantly a lot of courage. That’s why the lazy parent who decides to put the work on the child, will not be a successful parent.

A successful parent is the one who realizes that there’s no work to be done on your children and all the work is to be done on you.

Parenthood 2.0 personal growth with A mother and son touching foreheads

In parenthood 2.0, you get to flip the whole model by putting on a new lens through which you will see the world.

Everything shifts, once you start to notice your new role as a parent is an opportunity and not an obstacle.

You will realize that your child is not here to put an end to achieving your dreams. Instead, you will notice that your child is here to help you grow into the best version of yourself.

The good news is that by putting the focus on yourself not only you will automatically become a better parent, but you will also become a better partner for your spouse.

You’ve heard the old saying that you can only serve from a cup that’s full. That’s why when you show up into your role as a parent, you want to make sure your cup is not empty.

Because if you don’t, you’ll end up using your child as a way to fill the void inside of you. And if for whatever reason, your child is not able to give you what you expect, you’re back at feeling unhappy.

Parenthood 2.0: a forcing function for personal growth and transformation

Postpartum depression is a real challenge that if ignored will only grow in size and eventually paralyze the parent who’s not able to break away from it.

Spiritual awakening and becoming more conscious can help when dealing with mental health issues like depression that could happen to new parents.

So if you had been diving into the world of personal growth before becoming a parent, it’s now time to dive even deeper.

And if you have never done any type of intentional personal growth, becoming a parent is the best boost you can have to get started.

But personal growth as is often referred to is not only about improving your mind. You also need to improve other important areas of your life like health and the work you do for a living.

By applying the principles of parenthood 2.0, not only becoming a parent won’t limit you but it will also give you an unfair advantage to achieve everything you’ve always wanted.

You can take this opportunity of becoming a parent to reinvent yourself and finally evolve into the best version of yourself in a way that would not be possible without becoming a parent.

So what are the principles of parenthood 2.0?

The truth is, you will decide what those principles are for you. There’s no one size fits all solution.

However, there are tools and frameworks you can get inspired by such as Conscious Parenting, Growth Mindset, Buddhism, Zen, and Stoicism. The list below is a good place to start:

1. Stop raising your child and start raising your inner-child

If you only take one single principle, let it be this one. And that is to stop trying to raise your child as if you are the sculpture artist and your child is the clay.

Your child is unique. But unfortunately, in the old parenthood paradigm, that uniqueness gets ignored most of the time.  

Parents with all of their good intentions end up forcing children to fit into the norm like a boat rather than shining their light like a lighthouse.

Parenthood 2.0 personal growth with a toddler girl playing with blocks

Of course, there are other forces aiming for similar results like education, culture, tradition, and religion. Although not always, but quite often these institutions put all the focus on the children and assume that the adults themselves are doing fine.

Parenthood 2.0 is all about leading by example and not coming from a place of ego and authority. Its goal is to raise the inner-child of the parent to its full potential.

You get to put all that time, energy and focus on yourself. Because when you improve yourself you’ll create a win, win, win situation where you, your child, and your partner all benefit from your transformation into your best self.

2. Never blame others, always point the finger to yourself

You’re not going to stop feeling like a victim until you stop blaming other people for how you’re feeling.

Sure you may not feel as if you are in control of your life 100% of the times but you are certainly in control of how you react to life 100% of the times.

The trouble is, when you put the blame on the external factors, you will lose your power. You will ignore your authentic self and the inner strength to change your outcomes.

Parenthood 2.0 helps you see your external world as a mirror. A mirror that reflects on how you’re feeling from the inside. It will show you everything. The highs and the lows.

When you realize you’re the only one in the driver’s seat, you’ll take your power back and begin to improve from the inside out.

So if you feel a lack in an area of your life, the best way to go is to bring that exact thing into your life. Need more affection from your spouse? It’s time to do for your partner what you expect them to do for you and watch the magic unfold.

3. There are no good and bad, your reality is a perception

Your reality is subjective. The way you experience life will never be the same as how your child or spouse do.

And that’s why there is also no good child or bad child categories. If we don’t like something in someone else, most of the times are because it reminds us of something we don’t like about ourselves.

Thankfully, the opposite is also true. If you admire a personality trait in someone including your own child, it tends to be because you admire that about your own personality.

Parenthood 2.0 personal growth with a man's hand holding a glass glob on a bridge

So instead of judging what you’re experiencing, remind yourself that you may not be seeing reality as what is but more as what you make it to be.

As humans, we are meaning-making machines, and the meanings we attach to what we experience in life is mostly shaped by our past experiences.

Parenthood 2.0 adapts this type of perspective which makes it easier to develop empathy and compassion for others and yourself which leads to a more calm and peaceful life.

4. Empathy is essential, so take the view from above

It’s not easy to walk in someone else’s shoes or to attempt to see how they feel but without empathy, you will not be able to connect deeper with others.

So if you can’t fit in their shoes, at least do your best to look at each situation from a 3rd person point of view or the bird’s eye view that’s not biased.

By putting yourself in their situation you can start to have compassion and believe that everyone is only doing their best with what they know at the time.

Parenthood 2.0 allows you to also have the same kind of empathy and compassion for yourself so you can forgive yourself for what you’ve done in the past.

So if you find yourself judging a situation or someone that makes you feel negative emotions such as jealousy, anger, or disappointment, it’s time to take the view from above.

It’s no easy task but like everything, practice makes progress. So the more you apply it the more it becomes like a second nature and one day it’ll run on autopilot.

5. Mindfulness and meditation are not only for the monks

You don’t need to lock yourself in a room all day or sit under a tree for hours or travel all the way to Tibet to benefit from the world of meditation and mindfulness.

Every time you’re stuck in traffic, every time you’re waiting for an elevator, or simply every time you’re walking alone, you have a chance to feel more mindful.

Use these moments to practice living in the space between your thoughts. Every time you catch yourself stuck inside of a random thought, simply get back into the in-between space.

Parenthood 2.0 personal growth with a woman mediating near a lake

The goal of mindfulness or meditation is not to stop your mind. By practicing as little as you can on a consistent basis you’ll be able to feel more in control of your mind and emotions.

Parenthood 2.0 puts a big focus on the importance of emotional intelligence which mindfulness and meditation can help with.

Parents with a high degree of emotional intelligence have an unfair advantage when it comes to dealing with the challenges of raising their children.

6. Everything is impermanent, so this shall pass too

The good, the bad, and the ugly will come and go. For every high, there’s a low and for every low moment, there’s a high one about to reveal itself.

So instead of feeling helpless in your low moments, remind yourself that this shall pass too. But also don’t get too hyped about your high moments because you know a low one is in the corner.

Parenthood 2.0 focuses on the present moment more than anything else. There’s a sense of relief in knowing that nothing lasts forever.

Whether you’re having a good time or bad time, adapting this philosophy will allow you to better manage your mood and overall well being.

This is especially true when you’re in the trenches of early stages of parenthood. It almost feels impossible to even think that you’d be able to sleep again without interruptions.

But time passes and life goes on. Unless you have a child with special needs, your child will finally learn to sleep, eat, and dress on their own without your help. So this shall pass too.

7. Only care for what you can control

Worrying never gets us anywhere. No matter what the situation, there are usually the things you can actually do something about and then there are the things you cannot do anything about.

Never worry about what you can’t change and instead put your focus on what you can actually change.

The sooner you do that, the sooner you’ll get the results you desire while feeling a sense of calm and inner peace.

Parenthood 2.0 personal growth with a father and son legs on the beach

Parenthood 2.0 puts the majority of the work on the parent instead of the child because it is all you can control.

No matter how much you try, you will not be able to control your child so you might as well work on controlling yourself, especially your triggers and emotions.

Next time you find yourself feeling worried, ask yourself whether you can do something about it or not. Because if you can, then why worry? And if you can’t, then why worry?

8. There’s no destination, love the journey

If you put all your focus on the destination, you’ll end up missing a lot. The goal is not to focus on a specific destination but instead to enjoy the process.

Until you can start to love every bit of this journey even though it’s hard and challenging, you won’t be able to cope with the ups and downs.

Love it all. Go all in and focus on the task at hand and the present moment as much as possible and be here now.

Parenthood 2.0 honors the journey. Your work is worth it. You are here to better yourself so you can show up as a better parent and a better partner. And that journey is to be loved.

It’s easy to look at the gap between where you are and where you want to be and feel defeated but it’s moments like this that you should focus on how far you’ve come from where it all began.

By putting the focus on the journey itself and how much you’ve already achieved, you’ll take the pressure off from how much more you need to go. It’s all about the progress you’ve made.  

9. Practice minimalism and choose experiences over things

In the old parenthood paradigm, success is defined by how much money you make and how much stuff you accumulate.

Unfortunately, taking that path after a certain point will only cause more suffering than anything else.

How many more bedrooms do you need in your house? How many more cars in your garage? How many more t-shirts?

Parenthood 2.0 personal growth with bunch of rocks stacked together

Thanks to the concept of hedonic adaptation, no matter what you buy, after a while the interest will die down and you’ll end up in a never-ending cycle of consumption.

Parenthood 2.0 promotes minimalism as much as possible. The less you own in your external world, the more space you’ll have to find peace in your internal world.

Experiences are what you want to focus on as much as possible. So if you are into collecting, it’s best to collect memories than to collect things.

10. Improve your outcomes by building habits not setting goals

Goals are good except when they are not achieved. When you don’t end up hitting your goals, you can feel demotivated or possibly even quit trying altogether.

How many times have you set new year’s resolution goals but then gave up by mid-February at most?

That’s the problem with goals. When you don’t achieve them, you’ll lose interest in the whole subject.

Habits, on the other hand, are much better when it comes to improving your outcomes.

Although habits take time to develop, once done, you can expect consistent results. So if you want to feel more physically fit, instead of setting a goal of losing 10 KG, build the habit of going to the gym 3 times a week.

Parenthood 2.0 values developing habits over setting goals. When you have so much responsibility on your hand, the only thing that can make or break you is the quality of your habits.

So what do you think about these principles? Sounds like a lot of work, right?

The truth is that yes, it is a lot of work but it’s the only kind of work that’s worth the effort because you have control over the outcome.

In life, there are a few times where you may feel lucky and achieve what you want with ease. But most of the times it takes real work to get what you want.

Your spiritual awakening journey can be very challenging and even feel painful at times. But you can turn this frustration into fuel by seeing parenthood as a forcing function for personal growth and transformation.

So what’s the conclusion?

Growth often comes with pain and that’s just how nature works. So embrace it, fall in love with the journey and remember this shall pass too.

Now as much as we are putting a focus on personal growth, let’s not forget that there’s a higher purpose here and that is called collective growth.

After all, we don’t live alone in this world. And the only way we can improve our society is by raising our collective consciousness.

Can you imagine what kind of world we’d live in if every single one of us would put their time energy and effort into growing ourselves?

Your personal growth is not as personal as you may think, you’re doing this work for all of us. So don’t you ever dim your light.

It may sound selfish to put such importance on yourself and often can feel weird especially for parents who are conditioned to believe they should feel selfless.

But by making yourself better, not only you will raise better children, but you will also foster better relationships with your spouse as well as your own parents.

And the best part is, by fulfilling your potential you will shine your luminous light in a way that makes the whole world a better place for all of us to live in.

So what are you going to do today to leverage parenthood as a forcing function for personal growth and transformation?