I may be short-changing myself. I want to allow my life to unfold, but how do I craft a vision that’s big enough and still just allows circumstance to show up when they will?
I was doing a self-awareness exercise, and it moved me into actual numbers, for instance how many people I would like to see in the Deeper Song Community – any by when. Up until now, I have only been focusing how I am in service, how I am reaching people, how I am affecting their lives. It was never about numbers. That raised the question how does the idea of holding a vision fit in with the concept of allowing your life to unfold?
A vision doesn’t have to contain numbers, but size often enters into your idea of what you want to achieve or attract. Choosing numbers could either limit my possibilities by being too low, or spur me into action by suggesting I do more to help it happen. I just want to be certain I am thinking big enough, exploring enough possibilities, and following up on the most impactful ideas.
Am I thinking big enough?
It’s not the size of the vision, it’s the purpose. If I keep doing the most thoughtful work I can, diligently sharing it with others, the right people will find my work. The perfect people, not ”x” number of people. If my goal is to be a contributing factor in helping people create positive change in their lives, then changing one life is a success. Changing more lives would be a gift. Am I doing all I can to reach as many people as possible? That may take some planning. I want to fulfill my potential.
Am I exploring enough possibilities?
If I think too small, I won’t go exploring. I may not learn new skills, or try new ideas – unless I hold a vision of touching more lives. When I did a reality check, I wrote down some numbers – how many posts, podcasts and videos I could and would share in the course of a year. Those offerings will serve as change agents, but I’d also like to structure a learning environment around a specific objective. At my core, I know that every word I write or speak has the potential to change a life. As do yours. What do I vision about? How do I let life simply unfold? How do I know what action to take – or can I?
Am I following up on the most impactful ideas?
We all want to be effective. We all want to make a difference. We all need to feel relevant. I know that when I stay true to myself and my passion I make my most aligned choices However, my mind often pops in and wonders how I should be doing things differently or what else I should be doing to touch more lives.
Mind map your path
When I get confused between a vision and allowing life to unfold, I sit down with pencil and paper on a clipboard, close my eyes and relax into my inner wisdom. When an idea pops up, it gets recorded, wherever my intuition tells me to place it on the page. Using this simple technique, I was able to relax contentedly into the idea that in the next ten years, from age 83 to 93, my major purpose is to harvest my crop. That’s it. That’s my vision. I take whatever this mix is called Cara Lumen and share what she figures out. I know that what I share will give a nudge, an insight, or a revelation to many others on their own journey and possibly help them through a particular moment in their life. Their awareness, in turn, will ricochet further out into the world.
That’s a very, very, very big vision – to keep figuring out life based on the experience and wisdom I have accumulated over the years and share it in a way that change lives. It will all happen when I take one moment at a time. When I explore one idea at a time. When I share one thoughtful post, or one inspiring podcast, or one enlightening video and someone, somewhere responds.
Define a core purpose for this stage of your journey.
My purpose is to inspire others to share their gifts with the world.
Trust how you respond to what shows up. Do the work. Put it out there. And move forward. One step at a time. One moment at a time. One small insight at a time.
Your perfect vision is already unfolding.
To Sing a Deeper Song consider:
07- How to Find and Express Your Distinctive Voice (podcast, 20 minutes)
10– What Will Change Because Of What You Are About To Do? (podcast, 20 minutes)
Unfolding an the Wu Wei of Not-Forcing
Unfolding an the Wu Wei of Not-Obstructing
Unfolding and the Wu Wei of Not-Interfering
Return to the Simplilcity of The Uncarved Block
The Mudra That Made a Difference