Nurturing the Vision
Live more powerfully & more significantly - the journey
PURPOSE is what you're created for. MISSION is what you're
meant to do about it. VISIONS are the evidence, and GOALS
are the means of achievement.
If you've been following along with us as we explore living
more powerfully and significantly by harnessing the process
of understanding your MISSION, creating vibrant VISIONS and
designing on-target GOALS, then you are probably well on your
way to the realization of one or more visions by now.
For those who may have hit a snag or become somewhat bogged
down in the process, don't give up! You covered a great deal
of ground already! You've discovered and recorded your purpose
and mission. If not, I urge you to refer back to "Discovering
Your Life Purpose" and "Keys to Discovering Your Personal
Mission" for the first steps in the process.
You've learned that as a visionary you are charged with exercising
your imagination. And finally, separating the visionaries
from the dreamers, you crossed over into designing as you
put your nose to the grindstone and began to draft real life
goals to bring it all to pass.
But you've probably discovered - there's a price to pay.
Nothing grows without nurturing, tender care and encouragement,
essential to any healthy development. In the old argument
of nature vs. nurture I am personally a proponent of nurture.
Just as you would never leave a child you've birthed to grow
uncared for, the visions you are creating need to be tended.
Though not an issue during the dream stage of the process,
once you embark on the design of on-target goals (see article,
"Designing On-Target Goals") you must be on guard. If you've
moved on from dreaming to designing, you're learning that
it requires dedication, energy, and sometimes the willingness
to forego creature comforts. You've pulled out all your resources
and contacts and done your research. But now you may be stuck
somewhere along the way. You've laid it on the line and you're
exhausted and discouraged - sound familiar?
When progress is slow and the going gets tough, here are some
simple suggestions to infuse the process with a dose of TLC
and get you back in the game again.
1. Return to the Vision. Put aside your calculations,
projections, and spreadsheets and revisit the vision. Set
aside time to step into it once more and move around. Now
that you've actually begun the work of designing goals, your
vision will feel even more compelling to you. Take your time
and get comfortable in there.
Bring your senses into the exercise. If your vision involves
a location, see colors, feel surfaces, smell the air. Leave
nothing uncovered in making your vision real to you. When
the vision once again assumes urgency and you are again accountable
only to the birthing of it, you are ready to return to goal
2. Remember Why. Return to your journal and revisit
your notes. Remind yourself why you are engaged in this process.
Begin with your Mission Statement. Remember this is the hub
of the wheel and without passion for your Mission, nothing
else will have relevance.
Then look at your list of Visions and remember why you chose
this one over the rest. Perhaps you will find you chose the
wrong vision to begin with and you may need to table this
one for another time. Regain your perspective.
3. Don't Become Entangled in the Goals. Though they
are labor intensive, goals are simply the means to an end.
They are merely the stepping stones to the destination - guard
against allowing them to overpower you. While extremely important
as catalysts, work at keeping them in perspective or you risk
being plowed under at this point.
4. Refresh Yourself. Allow yourself the luxury of basking
in your milestones. There is no better way to nurture the
vision than to nurture the visionary. After all, the vision
is about you and your future, whether it involves an organized
closet or a change in career.
5. Change Your Focus. If you're stuck on your goals,
revisit your picture of success and failure, celebrating your
successes and refocusing away from any failures.
6. Talk about the Vision - keep it alive. There is
no better way to stay enthusiastic than to talk about your
passion and no better way to stay passionate than to talk
about your vision. Make the language of your vision an active
part of your vocabulary. If you need to learn a new terminology
or a new language, do so and infiltrate your speech with it.
If you're beginning a new career or pursuing a degree, begin
to refer to yourself in the associated terminology.
However you choose to nurture your vision and keep it vital,
don't ever give up your dreams. Your methods might need tweaking
and your timing adjusting, but don't ever stop dreaming. You
are ultimately responsible for keeping your passion level
Above all else, remember that you have something to offer
the world that only you can offer - the world is waiting!
Victory does not necessarily belong to the best. It belongs
to the most persistent.
Karin Syren, CTACC is a Life & Leadership Coach specializing
in the EffectivenessCoaching process. She works with leaders
at all levels to increase their personal and professional
effectiveness by guiding them through the process of learning
to live powerful and significant lives. If you want to discover
what makes you unique and how to form your future around it,
and live more effectively as a result, join Karin for Discovering
Your Purpose, a free teleclass. Register at www.solushunz.com
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