League of Extraordinary Women – How to time travel into the future with your business

Posted By Sheryl Thai On 11 November 2016
The last few days I’ve been hiding away in MONA in Hobart on a retreat with my EO forum and came back with my #mindblown. Having had the unique experience of being walked through the museum and understanding the history of how MONA came into life, all I could think was how incredible that someone was able to birth this into reality. 
“Whatever the mind can conceive and believe, the mind can achieve.” – Napoleon Hill
During our insane stay at one of the pavilions we all completed an exercise called “Painted Picture” and by the end of it, I realised that just as David Walsh was able to build a $80m ungodly museum that has people flying in from all over the world to get an experience like no other – we all have that ability to do so as well.(Hmm ok, let’s just gloss over the fact that we may not have the ability to be a genius professional gambler that have algorithms to create money out of thin air, but you know what I mean)
We often overestimate the amount we can achieve in one year but we also underestimate what we can achieve in 3 years. So as 2016 is nearing to a close, creating your Painted Picture will remind you that you have the ability to be the author of your own life. The future that we can see vividly is the first step to making it a reality.
The Painted Picture Exercise
Remember when you were a child and you had dream time? This exercise is almost a form of strategic dreaming where you lean into the future and picture how your company will look like in 5 years time.
Here are the steps on how to create your Painted Picture.
  1. Notepad, pen and your mind. That’s all you need to complete this exercise. I recommend doing 20 minutes of meditation prior to starting, to calm the mind and reconnect with yourself.
  2. No distractions. Allow yourself a few hours to complete this exercise. Find a space where you won’t be distracted, drive out into the mountains, head to the beach or find a space that inspires you and is peaceful. Put away any electronic devices.
  3. Lean into the future. Focus on the most ridiculous things possible that you would want to do with your company and forget about any sort of limitations. Do not get caught up on the “how will I do it“, focus on dreaming big and worry about the how later.
  4. Start painting. Spend as much time as you need to draw, sketch, write, mind map and scribble.
  5. Review it. Type up your Painted Picture into a 2-4 page document and stick it on your wall or have it somewhere you can refer back to when you need. Once a month, set up a reminder to read through your Painted Picture.
  • When painting your picture, get as detailed as you can. From the look and feel of where you’ll be working, to the number of employees you have, to the smell of the candles you’ll be burning in your office.
  • Ask yourself questions such as: If I were to have $100m what are 3 things I would do? If I couldn’t fail, what have I been afraid to do?
  • If you get stuck, start writing out random words all over the page. What are your values? What’s important to you? Who do you want to be? What does the future you look like?
  • Whilst the company is separate to you, there are many elements of our personal lives that are intertwined with the company and business we are creating so it’s okay to tie your personal goals into it.
  • This is a working picture and it will continue to evolve. This exercise helps you stimulate the dreamer in you and to think big.
Let me know if you’ve tried this before or if you’re excited to give it a go!
Stay Peachy!
Sheryl Thai, CEO
League of Extraordinary Women
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  1. Amanda says:

    Great idea , I can’t wait to roll this one out . Always so busy in the moment forgetting to take time to dream … thanks for the hot tip.

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