Life is busy. We have to cram a lot into our days and weeks, which means we have to make many decisions about using our time. Some of the decisions are small (Do I go to bed at 9:30 or 10:00 tonight?), but some can be life-changing (Do I take this job? Do I move across the country?).
When we don’t make the best decisions about how we spend our time, usually it’s because we’re not thinking about what really matters most. We’re letting others set our priorities for us–whether that’s friends and family, work, school, or something else. When you want to figure out what matters most in your life, you need to start with visioning.
When you start visioning, you ask yourself big questions, such as “What do I want my life to look like?” and “How do I want to feel?” and then create a picture in your mind of how it could look or feel.
Do you know what you want to do with your life?
In my book Finding Your Rhythm, I identified five steps to create your rhythm. The 3rd step is called Dreaming Your Rhythm and focuses on visioning. Visioning can help you create your future. In this blog you will learn about three ways to start your visioning process.
You might be thinking, “Hey! I’ve got a vision for my life: I wanna make money and buy stuff!” But there’s something more important than money and stuff… rhythm. We all need rhythm in our lives. It doesn’t matter if we’re talking about business or personal development — without it, we feel unsatisfied and restless. We feel like something is missing inside us, and we don’t even know what it is. We don’t see why we’re feeling anxious or depressed because we have everything we could possibly want on the material level, but still — something is off. We lack rhythm on the deeper level of our soul, while at the same time, we’re surrounded by chaos on the surface level of our daily lives.
What we’re talking about here is something more profound than “getting organized.” Rhythm is a natural patterning that occurs in the world around us. It’s a quality you can sense when you walk into a room or listen to a piece of music. Explicit rhythm is based on repetition. Implicit rhythm takes repetition as its starting point and then experiments with variety. Musical improvisation, for example, is implicit rhythm. It’s not structured like clockwork: it has structure, but it doesn’t feel mechanical.
Rhythms can be found everywhere, from the rise and fall of the tides to the way leaves turn color in the fall. It takes skill and practice to discover implicit rhythms and bring them into your life. But once you learn how, it becomes part of your internal operating system.
Creating Your Vision Board
It’s not about the stuff. As I’ve written about before, the key to a successful life is not what we have but how we live. Get in rhythm with your goals. Developing an annual vision board will help you focus on what is most important to you and ensure that your daily actions support this goal. Like a compass, it will keep you on track by reminding you of your most important priorities at any given time of the year.
A vision board should consist of three parts: 1) a list of your top five values or goals; 2) a list of your top five personal strengths or abilities; 3) a list of five reasons why you believe you can achieve these goals or live according to these values.
Now for the fun part: take out some cardboard and glue, or pull out some magazines, cropdusters, paint, markers, and whatever else you have around the house that creates. Make a collage that represents your values, strengths, and beliefs visually! Creating this vision board can be done individually or with colleagues and friends to build a team vision board that represents all members’ values, strengths, and beliefs in one place. It is a great activity to do with friends on New Year’s Eve.
You can hang this where you work or at home, so it’s visible every day! You can see the vision board that I created for myself at the start of this blog. It is incredible how many things I included have already manifested!
Embody Your Vision
Dreaming about significant accomplishments is not enough. If you are not living your vision, then you are simply dreaming. To live your vision, you need to embody it. Embodying your vision means living as if you have already achieved it. You are feeling how it would feel to live your vision.
As you know, your subconscious mind cannot tell the difference between what is real and what is imagined. This means that when you visualize and feel yourself living in your vision, the energies of those thoughts and feelings will bring it into manifestation.
Here are some tips for embodying your vision: Focus on the feeling of having already achieved it. Feel what it would feel like to have your dream come true. How would you feel if you had already achieved it? Envision yourself living in that future moment as if it were real. Feel how good it feels to be living in a world where your desires have already manifested. Be present in the moment and let go of any negative feelings that may arise.
This can be difficult at first because most of us have trained ourselves to notice only the negative things around us and not the positive ones. But the fact is, if you are aware of only the positives, they will come toward you faster and more powerfully than ever before!
Go On a Vision Quest
Deciding to take time for yourself is a step in the right direction. During these COVID times, it is not always possible to travel to places we would like to go, but there are always opportunities to spend some time alone. It is the optimal form of social distancing!
The idea of a vision quest is to spend time alone, preferably in nature, with no distractions or interruptions. This is an excellent way to do a digital detox (or, as I like to call it, a “technology sabbatical”). It allows you to reset your mind, escape the real world for some time and start reflecting on what’s important for you. Many indigenous cultures have done this for centuries.
One of the most famous vision quests is that of the Native Americans from the plains who went on a “medicine walk,” sometimes for days in length, away from their tribe and into the wilderness.
Others go on vision quests by spending time in natural settings like mountains and deserts, where they can be inspired by the infinite possibilities of creation all around them. Some even use fasting, meditation, and prayer as part of their vision quest.
People who have found their own rhythm tend to flow with life. They don’t depend on anyone else’s rhythm and create the life they want to lead. Finding your own rhythm is better than dancing to the rhythm of someone else!
For example, your client might be on a deadline, but that should not affect your vision or ambition. You have the right to choose whether you want to do the job or not, and if you are forced against your will into something that is not lining up with your goals or vision of life, then it will not feel good.
At this stage in 2022, you can decide what needs to happen to tap into your rhythm. The more clearly you can see where you want to go and how you want to get there, the easier it will be for you to get there.
Have fun creating the life you desire. Happy visioning!
If you don’t know where you are going, you’ll end up someplace else. — Yogi Berra