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How Big Should Your Vision Be?

Cottage in the countryside on Catching Fireworks blog

If you read my blog or look at my website on a regular basis, you will see that I often talk about vision.  It is quite a big thing for me as I know it helps me in deciding what I'm going to do next and it motivates me.  I am often asked if a vision has to be a huge thing, as often people find it difficult to think of a “big enough thing” to aim for.  At moments like that, I tell them about a client I worked with a few years ago.

The client came to me with a single small project that she wanted to work on.  During our conversations, we started talking about vision and she said that she didn't really have one.  She was an artist, as was her husband; they got enough work to cover their living costs and to be able to pick and choose the projects that they took on.  They were very happy and fulfilled, with enough time to enjoy all aspects of their lives.

I asked if there was any small change she would like to make in her life?  She thought very long and very hard, then said, “I would like to go on a holiday that doesn’t involve a tent.”

Every year, she and her husband had very enjoyable jaunts to the countryside where they took time out, sketched, walked and enjoyed long pub lunches.  Because they were on a budget, they went camping.  My client didn’t hate camping, but she felt that when planning the next trip, she would like to have the choice between groundsheets and Egyptian cotton sheets, and not having to worry about rain and mud.  We talked through the idea and because her desires weren’t extravagant, she said a nice little cottage would be fine.  

She worked out the potential cost and how much extra money she and her husband (who was equally happy with the idea) would have to pull in to make it happen.  They reviewed how much and what type of extra work they could take on, and looked at the prices they were charging for their works and fees, which they increased.  Between these, it was less of a stretch than they had imagined and a few months later, they were on their holidays without a tent in sight!

Since then, they have been perfectly happy with staying in little cottages, with no desires to upgrade to the Savoy or The Ritz.  However, having succeeded with this goal, it started them thinking of other small changes they want to make in their lives.  Every year, they set themselves a joint vision, something which needs a little bit of effort to pull them forwards.  And every year, the vision gets a little bit bigger!

So, which metaphorical tent do you want to swap for a cottage this year?



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