When was the last time you thought about vision? This is a term that can be understood from a few different perspectives. Of course, when we think of vision, we often associate it with sight, the ability to see the world around us. Our capacity to read these words on our screens right now, is a testament to our vision. However, there is another aspect of vision that goes beyond physical sight.

We can also ‘have a vision’; a deeper foresight or imagining of what could be. I believe that it is beneficial to combine these two definitions. In doing so, I propose that we cultivate a ‘personal vision.’ This involves using our sight, not just to see the present but also to ‘envision’ and map out a future for ourselves.

I know there are so many of us who are struggling just to make it to the end of the day, grappling with the challenges and demands of the present moment. Who has the energy or inclination to start thinking about the future? It’s so understandable to feel consumed by our immediate concerns. However, the truth is, that among our daily struggles, we have to make time to ‘envision’ where we want to be in five, ten or even twenty-five years from now.

This act of envisioning isn’t just a luxury reserved for those with ample time and resources. It is a vital exercise for everyone. By taking even a moment to visualize our future selves, we can begin to chart a course and set goals that align with our deepest values and aspirations. Having a vision is about focusing on a path forward, despite the obstacles of our present circumstances, and investing in the potential of a brighter, more fulfilling tomorrow

We have all, at one point, had a vision of what our future could be. Some of us have even taken a few steps toward that future and have grown as a result. All too often though we lose our focus along the way. In essence, we create ‘division’ in terms of potential growth. This division represents a splitting of our focus and energy, as we attempt to cover more ground or juggle many priorities.

The first division dilutes our commitment to our vision, dispersing our efforts across multiple fronts. As we further divide our attention, the clarity of our vision begins to fade, like a distant sound carried away on the breeze. Each additional division creates a greater distance between us and our aspirations, making them feel increasingly elusive and unattainable.

Does this sound familiar? As human beings we are neurologically programmed to keep our selves and our loved ones safe. We do this by settling into situations where we feel comfortable. There is no shame in being comfortable. In fact, I recommend that you get comfortable as often as you can. That doesn’t mean we give up on the goals and dreams we have envisioned.

Visioning is a process that unfolds gradually over time. It often begins with taking small manageable steps towards our goal. Perhaps we might start by making that phone call we have been avoiding, sending out a resume or mustering the courage to ask for that raise.

These initial actions require effort and courage, but once completed, they offer a sense of relief and accomplishment. It’s essential to recognize the importance of this first step. This is a successful move in the right direction. After taking this action, we often forget to pause and breathe, allowing ourselves to regain our equilibrium and reflect on our progress, no matter how small.

If we do remember to take a moment and catch our breath many of us, will default to settle in again and get comfortable. Remember we’re programmed for this. What we need to do after we catch our breath is to begin again. Take another step, this time emboldened by our previous success. We might tackle another small task, and then another, gradually building momentum and confidence in our abilities. Each step, even the small ones, contribute to successful movement toward our vision. This constant progress propels us closer to our desired future.

Vision is quite an intriguing concept, isn’t it? Are you working on your vision? Or are you stuck in the middle of the busyness and chaos of daily life? Would you like to pause and reflect and dare to dream of the future you could create for yourself?

If you answered yes to any of the questions above, I invite you to join me as I support women in a welcoming environment of trust and acceptance to construct their best life. It is easier to stay on track when you have even one person supporting you in the process. You don’t have to do it all on your own.

If you are on a journey to accelerate and achieve your personal or professional goals, please call or use the link below to book a 30-minute consultation to hear about my next 12-week Achieve Your Vision for 2024 Goal Accelerator Package. There are still a few spots left.

Simone Usselman-Tod

Stress Mastery and Mindset Breakthrough Coach,
Certified Neuro-Linguistics Coach and Master Practitioner,                   Certified NeuroChange Method Coach & Practitioner,                          Certified Trauma-Informed Coach