It’s been a tough day. You decided to hike to the top of the mountain, but your timing went astray. It’s night time now and it has started snowing. You descend dragging your boots along; you’re hungry and very, very tired. The snow gets denser, as does the darkness. After a few metres you accept it, you’re lost.
Finally, a light. The shelter is there. To reach it you need to cross a long stretch of high, freshly fallen snow and every step becomes more challenging. You decide to walk without allowing your eyes to wander off for a second from the light. Seeing how it approaches you, imagining yourself inside amid the warmth of a chimney pushes you to carry on.
Having a vision is having a destiny. If we don’t want to wander in the snow, we should know where we are going towards.
Where do you want to go to? What would you truly like to start? What inspires you? Which path would you like to open?
A beginning with an endpoint in mind creates the perspective we need to approach our day-to-days with a purpose. Having a vision clarifies objectives and sets priorities. Our days are filled with activities, urgencies, appointments… but we forget to make the time to gradually build that path towards our goal.
It is very easy to get caught in the deceit of activity; the daily frenzy, working more and more trying to climb up steps without even pausing to simply think. Then we reach the top, look down, and only then do we discover that the staircase was leaning against the wrong wall.
Since the boom of Pinterest, the world has been filled with vision boards or inspiration boards. Suddenly it seems like it is necessary to pin fragments of others’ lives to clarify our own. The problem is that we often fill those boards with things that are ‘ideally pretty’ (the super bedroom, the great house, the tropical holiday…). Those images only respond to the idea our culture gives us of a good life. But leaving our choices for what is fashionable is like going to a restaurant and telling the waiter to choose your meal. For a vision board to work it shouldn’t come from what is imposed on us, but rather from the deepest part of our self; from that essential part within us that knows what we genuinely want.
Above all, your board should bring out your emotions. If the objective you have set for yourself doesn’t move you, the path will be too tough. Remember that it’s easier to retreat and then return through the trail we left in the snow, than to proceed further. Collecting images may not be the guide you really need. Maybe your emotions prefer to come out through writing, painting or meditating. Each of us has a distinct motor and we should find the correct fuel that allows it to move.
Close your eyes and imagine yourself in 5 years from now. The place, what you are doing and with whom doesn’t really matter. What is truly meaningful is “What would you like to be feeling?”
Identify that feeling. And make it your mission. Discover which emotion pushes you and you will have found your snowplough.