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The value of a workable vision

Quick Quiz

  • Are you often blown off course by outside forces?

  • Do you ever feel discontented with what you’re doing?
  • Do you feel that, rather than doing what is meaningful to you, you are ‘just getting by’?
  • Do you feel you can’t get to where you want to be in life?
  • Are you low because you don’t even know what you want?

If you answered ‘yes’ to any of the above, the chances are that you are operating without a workable vision for your life.

Whoever we are, life is inevitably going to present us with challenges. If we don’t know how best to respond to them, if we’re unclear about our direction, about how to mobilize our resources, about what is possible and desirable for us, then we’re going to experience a great deal more distress than we need to. At times like these, a workable vision can (no kidding!) mean the difference between anguish and joy. When things are going more smoothly, too, a workable vision enables us to maximise our satisfaction, minimise stress and strain and move quickly towards those goals that mean most to us.

So what is a ‘workable vision’? Well, we all have a vision whether we consciously acknowledge the fact or not. It’s how we’re made. If we feel limited and blocked in life that is a response to our vision. If we feel expansive, joyful and confident, that too is a response to our vision.

Our vision has several components. It’s made up of what we know about ourselves, what our capabilities are, our strengths and talents, our dreams and deepest desires. At another level, our vision contains the goals which are right for us as well as the effective means to achieve them. Another level is our personal resources, our belief in ourselves and the validity of our pursuits. Here, too, is inspiration. Many would say and, personally I agree, that at the highest level, giving meaning to everything else, is our spirituality, our core beliefs about the value and purpose of life.

The challenge for many of us is that our vision has more or less happened to us as a result of our life experience. We may still hear the voices of our critics from early years, the teachers who told us we weren’t bright, parents who scolded or worried too much, and these undermine our belief in ourselves. We may carry limiting beliefs about what is possible for us after unfortunate encounters or traumatic episodes. Some of us lose touch with our true calling because influential figures disapproved of that kind of thing and now we don’t understand why we feel so unfulfilled. All this and more is nothing unusual. For nearly all of us, our vision is obstructed in some way.

The good news is that we can re-make our vision so that it works for us in every area, rather than hindering us. We can develop a workable vision. When we develop a workable vision we will know the goals that really mean something to us, possibly for the first time, and we will be empowered to follow them. A workable vision will tune you into the real opportunities before you and filter out the irrelevant, saving time, energy and overload. It will energize and inspire you. It will bring balance to your life. It will sustain you in time of difficulties.

So how do we get such a beneficial vision for ourselves? The starting point is increased self knowledge. We need to see very clearly what our deepest longings and needs are. We need to know our true potential, to clear away the doubts and limiting beliefs that can obscure our strengths (many of which may be completely hidden from us). Having identified our true goals in life, we need then to connect with and mobilise our resources so that we can achieve them.

There are many fine books available to help us in this – yet, working alone with books, we can still miss so many truths about ourselves. For most of us, to truly know ourselves intimately, we need to speak from the heart to a trusted, wise and perceptive person who will see and uphold our potential, help us identify and clear away doubts and confusion, who will replace the critical voices with an affirming and inspiring one. The best of us only see ourselves from the inside and often we need someone else to see us and bring forth our best attributes, our hidden longings, our strengths and talents.

If you’re lucky enough to have a friend, teacher or spiritual advisor who can help you in this, that’s great. In my opinion (and I admit I’m biased. I’m a coach, after all) the quickest and most effective way to develop a workable vision is to find a coach you can trust. If you’d like to be the joyful (and fairly rare in this modern world) possessor of a workable vision, please call me for a free no-strings introductory session to see if we could work well together.



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