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Creating a Vision for Your Life

Updated: Mar 10

I am what is called a “type A” personality: driven, goal oriented, and in the past, I have created clear steps to achieve my goals and this trait has served me well to help achieve many things in life that have brought me joy and life satisfaction.  However, there is a transformation occurring within me that is shifting my attention to create a broader vision for my life versus goals and objectives to be checked off a list.  I notice that I am beginning to experience greater joy with this approach because I am fulfilling my true life’s purpose.

We humans thrive when our life is led through a broader vision that comes from our heart.  Elizabeth Gilbert, the author of Eat, Pray, Love shares a simple question to give birth to your vision:  “What do I really, really, really want?”  She recommends we meditate on that question and listen for the response that will emerge from your heart.  Some people may feel that this approach of “what I want” may be self-centered but it is not.  Mother Theresa said that her mission was to help the poor because that work gave her great joy. 

Our life’s vision needs to be something we are very passionate about and serves and supports us and others along the way.  This vision may not be clear at the beginning, but we have to keep going and trust our gut feeling and our heart’s message.  Today, I clearly see that my vision is to serve others to achieve wellness, success, inner peace, and joy.  I have never felt greater satisfaction than witnessing other people’s joy.

Everyone can create this vision, it is not limited to just a few.  You already have it within you, you just have to allow it to come to the surface. 

Michael Beckwith in his book Life Visioning shares that to develop a true vision that comes from the place of your heart will require that you spend time in reflection and meditation and once the vision begins to appear in your awareness the question becomes what qualities within me would have to emerge to go forward with my vision? He encourages us to think about the old habits and beliefs that we must let go for our vision to unfold.  Remember that the biggest hold back in discovering and pursuing our vision is ourselves.  When we ask questions and then quiet our mind through a mindfulness meditation practice we can hear the gentle voice of our hearts beginning to speak to us.  Take notes and take action because an unfulfilled vision can sometimes be more painful than not knowing what our life’s vision is.

 Our vision needs to be pursued without attachment to results to not limit the possibilities in the unfoldment of your vision.  This requires trust and faith that if we stay on the path the information will be revealed to us. 

I want to encourage you to remember that your life’s purpose and life’s vision are already clearly outlined in the depths of your heart.  All you have to do is allow it to come forward through a daily practice of reflection and meditation.  

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