Something that I often find surprising are the ways we can get so quickly and easily distracted from the goals that we truly want to reach. I find in my own life, someone else's successes can take me off track. I notice a promotion someone else has attained or a project that they have completed, and I can feel envious or insecure. However, when I give myself permission to interrogate those feelings, I am reminded that what I really feel insecure about is the lack of movement towards my own visions. So, how do we ensure we are moving in the direction that we know in our hearts is in alignment with who we are and what is important to us?
In answering this question, I found myself revisiting a coaching exercise from a beloved former coach of mine, Caroline Kim Oh. Early in our work together, Caroline encouraged me to craft a life vision that projects out two years from today. She stated to craft this vision with as much visual and emotional detail as possible. In this vision, I answered the following questions:
Where are you? Who are you with? What are you doing? How are you spending your time? How are you earning money? How are you feeling nurtured and filled up?
After completing this vision, we explored what has to have happened between now and 2 years from now? What are the key benchmarks and milestones that will help you know you're getting there? What knowledge and practices would support you in making this vision a reality? I love crafting these and subsequently crafting the key markers to keep me on my personal map. It is both encouraging and motivating!
What do you see for your 2 year vision? What markers will let you know you're on your way?