Abstract art leaves so much room to fill in the blanks with emotion, imagination and stunning detail.
I used to aply thr same sort of slapdash improvisation to my life, hoping that in my free-for-all without any target even way out in the future to move toward that I would magically come across a meaningful and productive life.
It wasn’t as fun as I thought it would be. Abstract futures are not the most exciting…!
Think about it… if I offered you a car at a great price but was vague about the type, vague about how old it was, even vague about where in the word it was located, would you be excited about it… or suspicious?
Personally, I would be suspicious of that vague deal.
Do you think about the future and what you want to do and find yourself grasping at straws… or sort of somewhat seeing things that seem to maybe feel like they might work out?
While I like to focus on living in the right-here-and-now, there are some pretty compelling reasons to whip up a clear vision of the future. A sharp picture of a luscious future can guide you and your talent and your energy in a far more seamless way.
Do you have a five-year plan?
A two-year plan?
A plan for the week?
While plans are not really set in stone, it’s definately nice to have an idea of what you are moving toward. In fact, having narrowed down a vision for what you want to do can help you to get it done. You can always change your mind, but the vast unknown is way too vast, and, many suggest, overwhelming.
With the Internet and a more flexible way to create careers and lives, the dream-lift concept has become vast and unbridaled. The great news is that this makes much more possible than ever before, you know? I work on planes and on my patio and in coffee shops and anywhere I want to go. The downside is that this “you can create anything” feeling can open the door to too many options if you don’t have a vision for the future. Too much choice can be wildly overwhelming. This article in Inc is fascinating:
“In his TED talk, Barry Schwartz described how, when we do make a choice from a number of options, we end up less satisfied with the outcome than we would have been if we had had fewer options. He says this is because it’s easy to imagine making a different choice that would have been better. The feeling of regret subtracts from our satisfaction–the more options there are, the easier it is to regret anything at all about the option we choose.”
While I tend to also avoid promoting the idea of living a mechanical life that is focused on achievement for the sake of achievement, there is power in actually committing your vision and your goals to writing. This Forbes article sheds some light on that fact:
There was a fascinating study conducted on the 1979 Harvard MBA program where graduate students were asked “have you set clear, written goals for your future and made plans to accomplish them?” The result, only 3% had written goals and plans, 13% had goals but they weren’t in writing and 84% had no goals at all. Ten years later, the same group was interviewed again and the result was absolutely mind-blowing.
The 13% of the class who had goals, but did not write them down was earning twice the amount of the 84% who had no goals. The 3% who had written goals were earning, on average, ten times as much as the other 97% of the class combined!
So, if you take the time to dive into your imagination and let yourself dream on paper, writing out an ideal vision for your life and some of the goals involved in reaching that vision, suddenly the future will be less of a haze. Even if you have no idea what step to take next, you know you aren’t stepping into an abyss of clouds!
Now for the expansive design idea…
In feng shui, the idea of Tao is a powerful one. Tao means connection. The more connection you feel to your space, to your work and to every one and everything that is a part of your life, the more you will naturally thrive. The more Tao you have, the more you will – far more intuitively- fill in the blanks to take you from where you are now to the vision you have for the future. But the key part of Tao is that it involves enjoying every step of the way!
Connecting more to your life will help you design a lifestyle that really brings you joy… right now. That joy right now leads into very bright futures. If you are wondering how connected you really art to your life, this now-vintage You Tube video contains and exercise that can help you shift your lifestyle toward something way more balanced and rooted.
Ready to write, or revise, or re-write your vision for your life?!
Actually, I myself, am headed to do that right now.
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I’m so excited to share this with you!!!
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