What is your vision? If you’re already clear about your vision for the coming year, congratulate yourself for being exceptionally well organized, inspired and on top of your game.
If your answer is “I don’t know” or you just haven’t had the time or the energy to craft your vision, here are some suggestions for gaining clarity.
1. Determine the parts of your life to focus on. It’s easier and less overwhelming if you pick a few key areas. Assess your level of satisfaction in the following: Career/Business, Financial, Relationships – intimate and social, Health & Wellness, Home environment, Personal Growth or Spirituality, Fun & Recreation. Choose two to four areas that you’re least satisfied with. Focusing on these will bring the greatest rewards.
2. State what you want. It’s really easy to say, I’m overwhelmed (or bored) with my job, I don’t like my relationship, I’m broke, my social life sucks, I don’t like where I’m living. You can start with that, but turn those thoughts into positive intention statements. For example instead you could say - In 2015…
a. My work is stimulating and manageable.
b. I am in a loving relationship
c. My financial situation is improving
d. My network of friends are supportive and positive
e. I live in a home that I love.
3. Be inspired. If you’re experiencing a lack luster response to creating your vision, it may be that you are stressed or lacking energy. One of the things I commit to each year is having some downtime between Christmas and New Year for rejuvenation and inspiration. After a few days of rest and quiet my energy is restored and the future looks brighter. What rejuvenates you?
4. Engage your imagination. If you are too focused and analytical when you are creating your vision it’s difficult to see possibilities. If you are stuck on a linear, logical track take a break and engage your senses. Go for a walk, listen to music, get out into nature and breathe deeply. When your mind is relaxed there is more room for imagination.
5. De-stress When stressed we become very linear and focused and it’s much harder to access imagination and inspiration. Did you know that shifting how you’re looking at things, literally, from narrow focus to taking in your peripheral vision calms the mind and reduces stress? Try it.
6. Use divination tools Throw the i-ching, rune stones, lay out a tarot spread, or pull wisdom cards to guide your process. This is a great way to shift from logical to creative thinking. For example, at a gathering with friends on the solstice we used the i-ching. We each asked a question about something we’d like to focus on for the year and the reading gave us insights on how to approach it.
7. Share your vision Explore and share your vision with a trusted, supportive friend or partner. Make it more real by talking about it, seeing yourself in it, feeling the experience of it. Perhaps, you could enlist this person as an accountability partner.
8. Take Action if you want your vision to become reality your thoughts and statements need to become goals with action steps that you can and will take. Now you can shift your focus back from expansive and imaginative to narrow and linear to make it happen.
9. Have fun Choose goals and actions that you enjoy. Or find some way to make the hard stuff more enjoyable. Get help, share the load, and reward yourself for small accomplishments.
10. Be grateful, always. Appreciating what you have keeps you in a much happier place and validates your ability to have and create more.
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Lynne Brisdon, PCC