Vision board work is often about the big picture. The places you want to go. Beaches, mountains, more time outside. The kind of work you want to do. Speaking. Engineering a new kind of transportation. Going to Mars. Or even the way you want to be. A person who takes leaps. Calm and chill after a year of turmoil.
Working on the big picture to develop a sense of what you want your life to be at a high level is important. It can keep you focused and encourage you to stay true to your own value system.
But what about the stuff that comes up as these days of our lives march forward?
Opportunities and experiences are going to present themselves on a regular basis. What you do with the opportunities and experiences add up to create the big picture of your life.
Which makes those daily opportunities and experiences incredibly important!
They are so important that they deserve a little love and attention of their own.
I’m not talking about the opportunity to scrub the toilet here. Although perspective about that can be important, what I’m talking about here are the opportunities that come up maybe a few times a year or even less than that.
It’s the chance to sell pies and cookies at the farmer’s market. To speak in front of a group in another city. Attending a networking event for the first time.
An opportunity comes up and we often go into action mode. Make a list of all the things you need and check it off. Pies? Check. Business cards? Check.
When we push ourselves into action mode without considering what outcome we want we can set ourselves up for disappointment. Have you ever had the feeling of letdown at the end of a day, thinking about what you should have said, done, brought, or remembered?
Disappointed can be minimized if we give ourselves just a little time and space for a touch of vision work before we dive into action.
What is your intention for this opportunity? How can you get the most out of this experience and have a feeling of satisfaction?
In other words, what is your vision for the experience?
Do you want to sell more pies? Connect with other baker’s in town? Maybe find a website developer at a network meeting.
Write a story in your journal that describes your ideal vision for your upcoming experience. It doesn’t have to be long, fancy, or even witty. It can be as simple as listing what you want and connecting with how you’d like to feel.
This step will give you clarity and when you do start taking action, it will be with purpose and intention. And it will all come together to help you move toward your big vision goals. Beautiful!
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Sara Marchessault is a coach, writer, and mom who is on a mission to increase joy on the planet. Through the practice of self-reflection, we become aware of what brings us joy and what does not, and we make choices to move forward or stand still. Journal writing is a powerful reflection tool that can help any of us move forward, even in the darkest of times. To learn more about Sara and her work in the world, please visit saramarchessault.com.