Having a clear vision of your goals and how you want your future life to be is the only way to have a chance of getting there.
The vision I have of my life is this:
I have animals, chores, and responsibilities. I work with an amazing, dynamic, inspired and capable team of people. I’m creating, building, and sharing more wealth than I dreamed possible, because I kept visioning, believing that I could do it, and I reminded myself of this constantly. It’s all an experiment: why not just try building a regenerative, ridiculous abundance, and using it to bring others up, too?
I use things I don’t really believe in, like intention and visioning, because somehow they work. I track my signs but choose which ones to follow. My intuition is alive and well, and I rely on it to guide my actions and decisions – with a healthy dose of self-reflection to make sure I’m engaging the right actions at the right times for the right reasons. I accept that this will still lead to mistakes and the possibility of regret, pain, loss, sadness and other strong emotions, but also recognize that the alternative is worse: to use others’ advice to make my decisions, or yield to pressure or the greater comfort.
In order to do this effectively, I use my body as a tool – to tell me when something’s up, to experience greater joy, and to engage with the world around me. My gut, skin, eyes, head, ears, feet, are all divining rods for wisdom through which I can learn things the mind is incapable of recognizing. For that reason, I keep it finely tuned, with well-grown food, exercise, sufficient sleep, loving physical contact, abundant hydration, and overall, great respect. I develop keen senses by engaging my startle response through surprises, strong changes in temperature, frightening situations, “mildly dangerous” experiences, and pushing myself athletically.
These things support the work of my mind, which becomes an engine running a finely tuned machine, on top-quality fuel. My mind figures out the pathway to the vision of the life that I want: abundant resources, great wealth of family and friends and the living world, hard work, productivity, and joy. I get regular doses of both challenges and rewards by working with animals, which provides a constant source of variation: learning the patterns of other living beings. I download all of this by writing daily, compiling experience into a format that can then be shared.
How do I move closer to this artistic vision today?
I start by taking better care of my body: limiting alcohol consumption, getting more exercise, and paying more attention to its needs to move, stretch, and feel what’s going on around me. I allow feelings of joy, love and gratitude to become physical sensations. Today – after this first cup of tea – I limit the food that enters my body to greens I pick from the yard, and clean water. When the work comes, I want to be ready to take action and leap forward.
I start offering now. Today. I accept that I will never feel ready and move forward anyway. I take the advice of my peers and outsource what I can’t do yet, while I’m learning. I seek advice and accept feedback and keep moving forward.