Connect to your pillar of Vision
Choosing Your Highest Potential
Your vision is the fire that fuels your motivation and determination. The kind of motivation that allows you to pick yourself up every time you falter and fall. The kind of determination that wakes you up early in the morning to do your practice or pursue your craft.
Having a clear vision of what is possible, not just for yourself but also for the world, allows you to overcome your internal voices of doubt because when those internal doubts start bombarding you (and they will), it can feel like you are facing an impenetrable fortress. The doubts, standing there, taunting you from their lofty battlements trying to persuade you that it might be better to keep your head down and not take back your rightful throne.
Your vision is the artillery that gets you into the gate. Your vision is what makes you charge the walls despite feeling weak and afraid, knowing in your heart of hearts that, no matter how real they seem, the walls are only thoughts in your mind. Knowing that as you approach those walls they will turn to mist, which you will scatter by shining the clear light of your inner voice.
Without vision, you will ignore the calling of your inner voice to push past fear and take a leap into the unknown. You will hide in the comfort of the familiar even though you crave a more fulfilling life. Your vision is like the rockets that allow the space shuttle to overcome gravity and fly into space. And when you think about it, space is a hostile environment. You have to have a really good reason to go up there; to willingly leave the green and blue of earth and go off into the unknown without knowing the exact dangers you might be facing.
Powerful visionaries include people like Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., America’s civil rights hero and Annie Kenney, a leading figure in England’s woman’s suffrage movement. But in your daily life, they are also the people down the street who spend their days tinkering in the garage, inventing new things. The visionary is also your friend who has shown up again and again to teach their workshop even though only a few people show up every time. They do it because they believe in it, and they know success is a process, not because anybody has guaranteed them an outcome.
You need to find the power to act. But without a vision, your inner voice doesn’t know in which direction to point you and the gravitational pull of the familiar makes you doubt yourself into inaction. So if you are in a place where your comfort is more important to you than your curiosity and fulfillment, your rockets won’t have the power to lift you out of the atmosphere. If your fear is stronger than your desire to explore, you will never charge the walls of the castle. The tables need to be turned!
You need to make your fear of living the same day over and over again for the rest of your life more powerful than gravity (the inertia and fear that keep you stuck where you are). More powerful than the desire for the safety of the familiar. More powerful than your disbelief that something better is waiting for you. And, critically, more powerful than your fear of surrendering to the unknown. Building your pillar of vision means you are willing to sacrifice the comfort of the familiar and break new ground with real world actions that have the potential to make the world a better place, even though nobody can guarantee the results.
UNDERSTAND THE NATURE OF YOUR INTUITION
Answer these journaling prompts from the book Empath to Mystic to start building a vision for yourself and for the world:
- What would you do with your life right now if you had unlimited resources and a limitless supply of cash?
- What would you set out to accomplish if you knew you couldn’t fail – if a successful outcome was one hundred percent guaranteed (no goal is too lofty)?
- What would you want to do with your life if you knew you only had six months to live?
- You’re on your death bed, and the most important people in your life are around you. What is the greatest wisdom you’ve gained in your life that you’d want to share?
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