A little over 3 years ago, for the first time ever, I was asked to set goals and write a vision of my life 10 years in the future. Needless to say, it was a little intense. I could think of tons of grandiose, big ideas that would be great to experience in my lifetime, but nothing felt real or honest. Luckily for me, my job at the time placed great value in this work and I had lots of time to explore.
My exploration became a path of turning inward, I discovered connection to the work of vision + goals by staying grounded in self inquiry. Since then, I've spent many minutes asking myself (and lots of other folks) questions like this: What do I value most? How do I want to spend my days? In what ways will I create, contribute + be of service? And how do I want to feel while I’m doing it?
The coolest thing about it all? We just need to be curious. Curiosity helps me stay present and pay attention to what I'm experiencing right now. I have found that creating super dreamy visions for my future life happens when I can ease into what feels right, right now.
This is what we do go together in Yoga, Vision + Goals workshops. We let yoga do what it does best: make space (I've found that making space in my body gives my mind a little more room to run free). I ask you the same questions I ask myself, without any pressure to have all of the right answers (again, it's about making space). I like to call this process Investigative Illumination because that's usually how it goes: a burst of light in a moment of self inquiry can change how we see situations, relationships + opportunities, which shifts how we get into action about.
And although exiting Dreamland (where I love to be) can be hard, we get into action. These days, I am practicing doing one small thing to bring me into alignment with my big goals every day. These days, it's writing every day for 10 minutes. Just 10 minutes, and if there's more time then that's another story. The habits we build are the foundation for living our goals and ultimately, building trust in ourselves. These "small" habits and "tiny" rituals build a bridge from the work of today to the vision of our dreams. Day by day, practice by practice - the small is just as important as the large.
Start by doing what's necessary; then do what's possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible.
-St. Francis of Assisi