Not only is it a luxury of our time and circumstance to be overwhelmed with options and information, but searching outwardly for the answers has proven to most certainly lead us astray. Tell them to stop it. Stop it right now.
We must inquire within. We must access the part of ourselves that is quietly and patiently waiting for us to shut up, sit still and listen up. Envisioning your life and how you want to feel in it (without regard to time, money, and knowledge), I believe, is the only way to have any clarity or confidence about what you do today. As my favorite fire-starter likes to say:
"Knowing how you actually want to feel is the most potent form of clarity that you can have. Generating those feelings is the most powerfully creative thing you can do with your life."
So where do you start?
This is kind of a no-brainer but I often find this is the step most people forget. Make room in your schedule to ensure you have space to let your inner voice surface. Commit to it.
Candles, Enya, Tyler the Creator, meditatation, T-Swift - anything goes! Some people like to head to their secret spot with the epic view and others like the comfort in the cave of their home office. Whatever works for you - just make sure it feels a little extra special. This is not your practice life, people. This is it.
Letters to the Future:
Someone writes you a letter 10 years from now thanking you for the person you are. What do they say?
Write Your Resume:
You have to post a resume to your personal website one day telling people all about you. Not just the kind of work you've done but the kind of coworker you will be. What does it say? Who are you? How do you feel in this new life?
Make a Vision Board:
You can pin or post a board of all the things that are in your life in 10 years. Who's on it? Where are you? What does it feel like when you look at it?
Try not to sensor yourself. Use your words. Just go where your mind and fingers take you. If you get stuck - answer some of these questions to keep going.
In your vision, if it looks like you're living in a city - what city are you in? What does your living arrangement look like? How much does it cost?
Use this amazing worksheet to fill out your goals with your new vision in mind!
Trickle your goals and feelings back from the future to figure out what you can start doing today to make this vision legitimately real.