Find your Vision
Today I want to share with you the most profound source of creativity I have--my visioning practice.
Visioning is a way to step out of the everyday minutiae, get a bird’s-eye view of your life, and connect or reconnect to your dreams for yourself and for the world. Those dreams are your vision.
Developing a vision for yourself is the simplest thing you can do. That’s because your vision will be the thing your soul is most familiar with; it’s fed by your deepest beliefs.
Finding your vision can also be the hardest thing you can do, because you have to be completely honest with yourself about where you are at in your life and where you want to go.
Sometimes where you are and where you are can be quite different. But don’t let that scare you! Finding and re-finding your vision is a lifelong process, and it’s a worthwhile path. Regardless if you believe we have one life or 1,000 lives, for now we’re stuck with this one. And we can live it with courage, enthusiasm, and meaning. Visioning will help get us there.
Your vision and your work are inextricably intertwined. Whether you own a business or are an employee or a freelancer, how we work for ourselves and others greatly impacts our imprint in the world.
I found my vision by asking myself a series of questions. Questions that went deep into the context of my work and my beliefs. Some of these questions were really difficult for me to answer--around money, society, the structures and systems that we work within.
The questions that bring us to our vision will vary for everyone, but if you scroll down to the bottom, you can download a free 5-page VisionSheet to get you started. I created this worksheet so that other people could build on it and start to create their own visioning practice.
Broadly, some of these questions could be:
What do you want to see happen in the world? How do you want to participate? How do you want your work to impact the world?
Right now is an especially good time to go through a visioning process. Our immediate world isn't so stable, isn't so predictable anymore. Values are shifting.
The world is full of people who are NOT visioning. People who are doing things for unconscious reasons, for money or for power. Not for their own good or the good of the world. These people cause the world harm. They are disconnected from their vision, and from themselves.
What do you do best? Where is your expertise? What are you passionate about?
If you haven't thought about your own vision for your life, for your work, and for your every day, consider doing it now. Watch what happens--bit by bit, your life will shift towards your vision.
You'll start to inch toward a path that will be both interesting and fulfilling, and maybe sometimes scary. But the scary part is important--facing and overcoming our fears will get us to where we really need to be.
The world depends on it.