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Visioning blog on Catching Fireworks by Deborah Henry-Pollard. Photo from Microsoft Clipart

What is visioning and what is the point of it in your creative career?  

In 5 years time, we will all be somewhere.  Do you want to choose where you will be or just allow yourself to drift and hope for the best?   

The benefits of having a vision include:   

Giving you a direction and a purpose: 
Think about planning a holiday.  When deciding where to go, you start thinking about different places, imagining what they will be like and what you can do there.  Then you start to make concrete plans: how you will travel, how long it will take, where you will stay.  How could you plan your holiday if you hadn’t had the vision of where you were going?  The same goes with your career.   

Keeping you focussed and positive, especially when things go wrong: 
It would be great to say that if you think happy thoughts only happy things happen, but life isn’t like that.  However, by being positive and keeping your mind focussed, you will be more resilient when any negative stuff comes along.  

Giving you a clear message you can communicate to others who might be able to help you: 
You never know who you are talking to.  The theory of 6 degrees of separation says that you are at most only 6 people away from the person you want to meet.  The problem is we don’t know how that chain of 6 people fits together.  That person you might be casually talking to tomorrow could be the indirect key to your future.  If you can quickly and passionately communicate your vision, you can enrol them in helping you to reach it.   

Focussing you and heightening your awareness to opportunities: 
How many times have you thought of buying something and suddenly you notice it everywhere?  Just think of buying a red car and then red cars are all you see on the roads.  Nothing has changed except your perception.  With your vision clearly in your mind, you will start to see everything from within that context and find yourself thinking “how can this person / situation / group etc. get me to my vision”.   

It makes you more proactive 
You are more able to make informed decisions about your career and just take charge of it, rather than being buffeted by circumstance.   

It is a key element for funding 
Whether you are looking for an investor or are applying to a trust, they will want to know what your overall vision is and what you want to achieve.  Having a clear purpose makes you seem more serious in terms of funding.   

What should your vision be? 
Your vision should be true to yourself and should inspire you.  If you are inspired, you in turn will inspire others.   

To help you find your vision:

  • go back to what originally made you become a creative person
  • look at your values in life
  • think about what inspires you
  • notice when you are professionally most happy   

When you start thinking about your vision, take away all restraints, real and imaged.  Think of what your perfect professional life would look like and make the image as big as you can.   

Now, in reality, none of us have a blank sheet in our lives.  We have the rent to pay, the family to think about, the children settled in schools, etc.  If you start building your vision from where you are now, it cannot help but be limited, because you will be thinking from a mindset of “I can’t do that because ... “.  It is only natural.  However, if you start by thinking of the unlimited vision, it is more powerful to then look at how you can get from your current situation to your vision.  Your vision may take years to reach, so you wouldn’t necessarily be changing your whole life at once, but you can start making small changes and getting on track.

You can read here about how visioning has helped me to move forward.

If this has struck a chord with you and you want to find out if coaching will support you, check out how we could work together and get in touch.

2 Comments to Visioning:

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Catherine on 25 November 2011 10:23
This is just what I needed today...thank you. I am going to retweet this. It is so easy to 'let lost' and lose the real essence of why you set up your company. I wrote a really comprehensive 'Business Plan' when I first started my business....and for a couple of years it went according to plan....then is went a bit misty and now it's possitively lost in the fog of time. So you have prompted me to write a new one and really look at where I want to be in 2, 5, 10 years time!
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Deborah on 25 November 2011 19:38
Catherine, I am so pleased that this has been useful to you. My vision for you is that there are lots of ladies happily dancing in your gorgeous frocks!

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