Do You Have a Vision?

Friday, October 1st, 2010

A vision is how things will look in the future. Often, creating a career vision requires you to slow down or maybe even STOP so you can really think through where you have been and where you want to go.

My vision for the future is providing teens and young adults a road map for creating meaningful, enjoyable and productive careers.

My road map has been informed by many disciplines including Positive Psychology and Native American Vision Quest Ceremonies.

I am privileged to have been invited to be a part of a community that practices traditional Native American ceremonies including Vision Quests. This ceremony is an ancient practice that allows you to deeply focus on your future and purpose in life. This is a ceremony that has been handed down for generations and in its traditional form calls out to a few — and my participation in this process has fundamentally changed how I lead my life.

Ten years ago, I completed my commitment to this practice, which concluded with sitting on a blanket for four days in the rain. The process brought me clarity that my purpose is to provide a parallel and more contemporary process for people searching for meaning and excellence at work.

Vision Quests are important rituals, whether they are completed in nature, on an extended vacation, in a career transitions workshop or on your couch.

So here are a few lessons I have learned in this community that I want to pass on to you:

1. For some, it may take a long time to find this clear glimpse into your future, but it is worth the effort.

2. Ask for more help than you think you need.

3. Your purpose can be related to relationships, family, health, work, spiritual growth, volunteering or your career.

4. For some, visions are complex; for others they are very simple and focused.

5. It may take longer than you think to manifest a vision after it is defined.  Be patient.

6. The most important thing about your vision is that it resonates with you. Sticking to it may require you to ignore naysayers.

7. Your vision has to be aligned with your values in order to become real.

8. Hold your vision with open fists— manifesting visions are often more collaborative and creative then the visionary anticipates.

Laurel Donnellan                                                                                                                             CEO                                                                                                                                                 Bright Livelihoods

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