what I believe is more important than having a clear vision for the future ?
If you are anything like me, I imagine you were dreaming big when the beginning of 2020 rolled around, setting bold intentions to expand and grow and create the life that you most deeply desire (or at least take a few steps closer to it).
Perhaps some of those dreams did come to fruition, or perhaps things didn’t unfold exactly as planned and you’re still reconciling how to navigate what has shown up for you instead.
I know this was the case for me…with our son starting school in the fall, I was excited for the hours that would open up every morning so that I could devote my time and energy to bringing my message of self-trust and emotional resiliency to those who needed it.
Despite the pandemic and wearing the hats of “teaching assistant” alongside “coach” and “caretaker” and “mother,” to name a few, I was able to take steps toward my vision…smaller than expected, but steps all the same.
But if there’s one thing I’ve learned along my meandering journey in this life, it’s that staying present often invites us to allow the vision we had to change into the one that we need.
This is why “clarity” in its traditional understanding isn’t always so helpful and that having a “clear vision” for the future can be overrated.
So what is the point of all of the intention-setting, goal-getting, and vision-creation?
I believe the value of clarity is the ENERGY that it creates within us…it is the fuel that lights us up to take action toward those dreams, even if we’re not certain that we’re ever going to “arrive.”
When I was working toward completing my bachelor’s degree at Pepperdine oh-so-many years ago, I can honestly say that I didn’t know exactly what my future held.
But I did have ideas and a vision based on what felt like important goals at the time…and this vision pulled me through, day in and day out, until graduation day when I took a moment to celebrate before tuning back in to recognize what had changed so that I could create a NEW vision based on who I had become.
I asked myself:
What is going to light me up?
What energy do I feel called to create and put forth into the world?
And then I simply took one step at a time, moving toward that new vision until it was time to shift once again.
What energy do you want to embody this coming year and what aspects of your vision activate that energy?
Focus on that energy and those parts of your vision, and you’ll be pulled to what’s next, again and again and again.
Sending love and a whole lot of hope for the year to come,