It's that time of year when you're probably thinking about setting some goals for yourself. Before you do though, make sure to spend some time asking yourself about your vision for the year to come – and beyond. Read on to discover a simple framework to help you develop a vision that feels ALIVE with possibility, power and purpose – plus some flower essences to help you give birth to your vision.
The difference between a vision and a goal
Regardless of whether your focus is on your health, income, relationships, travel plans, career aspirations or personal development, goals help you get to where you’re going and monitor your progress along the way; they’re like roadmaps and signposts on your journey.
Your vision on the other hand, is your destination: the over-arching outcome that you’re intending to achieve.
Your vision should therefore guide your goals, because to paraphrase the Cheshire Cat from Alice in Wonderland, ‘If you don’t know where you’re going, any road will get you there – if you only walk long enough.’
Your goals speak to your head, but your vision calls to your heart
Goals speak to your rational mind. They lend themselves to spreadsheets, tracking tables and bar graphs and other things that are black and white, cut-and-dried, and either achieved or not. And more often than not they require you to exert lots of willpower, apply lots of self-discipline, and take a structured approach to their completion.
A vision, on the other hand, lends itself to butchers’ paper and crayons, symbols and pictures, layers and nuances. It whispers to your heart and soul, inspiring you to tap into your intuition and imagination in a way that’s creative, free flowing and makes you and your dream feel ALIVE.
Where goals encourage you to knuckle down and work hard, a vision makes your spirit soar, pulling you towards it in a way that feels light and uplifting.
Imagining the future when you don’t know what you want
It sounds nice in theory, but in practice, we’ve learned over the years that many people find it difficult to picture an ideal future that feels attainable for them. Often, they simply can’t figure out what they want.
This especially seems to happen at times when you’re primarily motivated by getting away from things that you don’t want in your life, and consequently can’t even imagine a time when you could have anything and everything you do want.
But when it comes to manifesting your dreams and taking action to bring them to life, setting an intention of moving towards a particular outcome is much more sustainable and motivating than putting your focus on moving away from those things you perceive as undesirable. (That’s why one of our core healing philosophies here at Tribe of the Tree™ is to encourage you to always put your emphasis on where you want to go, not where you’ve been).
One way to circumvent this issue is to allow your subconscious to show you what's most important for you to focus on right now. For example, if you come along to one of our Vision Board workshops, you'll spend time leafing through magazines noticing which pictures, words, colours and symbols seem to hold meaning and attraction for you, giving you some clues to your heart's desire. (Scroll down to learn more about our next Vision Board workshop, on 3rd February 2018 in Sydney).
Flower essence tip: If you’re ready to welcome in something new, consider the ritual of working with our Manifestation Mojo™ flower essence to help you clarify your heart’s desires and get ready to bring them to life.
Creating a vision that’s ALIVE
We’ve developed the framework below to help you create, connect with and act on a vision that's powerful, compelling and bursting with possibility. Use it to bring your dreams to life too by ensuring that your vision is characterised by being ALIVE: aspirational, love-based, impactful, vivid and energising.
In order to be enticing and compelling, I find that my vision needs to involve a bit of stretch. You'll know you've got it right when you recognise that achieving your vision is going to require you to grow in some way. (For example, my vision pushes me to step up and become comfortable talking about our flower essences and energetic healing philosophies on a larger stage).
Flower essence tip: Sometimes, your vision might seem to require you to be the best version of yourself that you can be, making you feel intimidated rather than inspired. When that’s the case, consider working with our Destiny Calls™ flower essence, which is on a mission to inspire you to step into your life purpose.
Your vision for your future should fill you with joy and make your heart sing at the idea of creating and experiencing something that you love. It might also trigger other positive emotions, like pride, gratitude and a sense of satisfaction.
Any aspects of your vision that don't elicit these kinds of heart-felt responses or that trigger negative emotions of any kind have no place in your vision, and warrant a re-think.
One of my favourite practices is to incorporate aspects of my vision in my daily meditation, and I’ve noticed that when I do, one of the most powerfully motivating ways to do that is to focus on the impact that my vision-brought-to-life has on myself and others.
Even if you’re not into meditation, try this for yourself by getting quiet for a moment and tuning into the impact your vision will have on your own life and that of your loved ones, your community or even the planet.
Flower essence tip: If you’re looking to connect with a tribe of likeminded individuals who share your passion for making a difference, the ritual of working with your Connection Creator™ flower essence can be a lovely way to centre your focus and intentions.
When imagining your vision, have fun dialling up the brightness, clarity and other sensual elements of the images or movie that run through your mind, and make sure to include yourself in those images.
This practice helps you become more connected to what you're trying to create, increasing the potency of your dream and your ability to touch it and taste it.
A compelling vision is one that gives you a delicious, turbocharged desire to take action, so if your vision doesn’t get you excited and make you want to get moving something isn’t quite right, and you may need to ponder a bit longer or delve a bit deeper to access your heart’s true desire.
When you’ve hit the nail on the head though, tapping into the energy of your vision can be just what it takes to get you fired up and focused on executing the steps it will take to get you where you want to go.
Flower essence tip: If you’re keen to inspire yourself to take action, consider incorporating the ritual of taking Tribe of the Tree’s Dragon Slayer™ flower essence as you take the steps required to bring your dream to life.
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Create a vision board to keep your vision top of mind
Your vision isn’t likely to be carved in stone, and nor is it something you want to think about once and then put in a drawer of your desk never to be seen again.
Instead, think of it as an evolving dream that you revisit often and that takes on more shape as you move closer to it.
For me, creating a vision board is the perfect approach. I create one every six or 12 months and loving hanging it above my desk where I can contemplate it at my leisure and get lost in it while musing over tricky problems.
I’m excited to be co-hosting a Vision Board Workshop with Tribe member Christina Brown from Transform Yoga Pilates Barre on Sydney’s Northern Beaches this New Year too – if you’d like to join us on Saturday 3rd February to bring your vision for 2018 ALIVE, register here.
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