All human struggle stems from our disconnection from nature… because nature is in our heart and in our heart is only a vision of the future …. this is the key to happiness and life.
You own it. It's simple. It's portable and it's inside of you. It affects your productivity, your health, your happiness. It affects your relationship, your friendships, your children and your P&L at work. If you tap it, there's no stopping you, if you don't then it's all just hard work and struggle. Your Vision, Inspiration and Purpose affects everything important and it is without doubt the single most important ingredient in determining the quality of your life, work life balance and the essential exchange in relationships. It's not fluff, just try being without hope for a day and see how it feels and how many people want to invest in you. Nature thinking is simple. It's Nature's Laws presented so you can bring nature home and be in complete control of your dialogue with life.
If I asked you to score yourself on a 1 – 10 against each of the 7 areas of life (where 10 is blissfully happy and content and 1 is suicidally depressed) how would this look?
So your ‘VIP’ score would be the total of the seven scores. Are you happy with that?
The normal reaction for people in a funk (low scores below 5 in any area of life) is to focus solely on one or two of these areas of life. For example, if you are down in career, you might turn to a coach. Down in health, you might end up at a gym or personal trainer. Mentally down you might start meditating, and so on.
The problem with this is that as one aspect grows, another shrinks. You’re unfulfilled at work so you decide to drive harder but as a result, your family and love-life suffers. Or if your finances are struggling you might start worrying about money and ignore your health. Your overall VIP score doesn't change, it simply changes shape. Old problems may go away, new ones appear.
Have you seen this happen to anyone you know?
Back on track has two basic goals;
1 Firstly, to achieve balance across all the areas of life and
2 Second, to increase your overall ‘VIP’ score
HOW? A 21 Day VISION QUEST
A vision quest is not a North American First Nation Process. In Yoga, Meditation and many Himalayan Cultures you will find a 21 Day Vision quest process a part of everyday life.
You are not doing this vision quest to think it through. You are doing it to let your vision come to you.
CATCHING A FEATHER
Each evening for 21 days just slip out, put on mossie stuff, warm jacket and or sunscreen and sit in the garden for 5 minutes. Clear your head and do this vision quest. It's fun and it's a real commitment to your vision.
Write notes each night. There are seven areas of life. Seven opportunities to do vision.
Choose some wonderful location right near your home so you don’t waste time having to be somewhere and get back. Can even be the veranda or balcony of your apartment but make sure you can't be interrupted. The process will be done of an evening so that you don’t interrupt your morning program. Since time immemorial, people have gone to nature to seek guidance and renewal. This is why I recommend outdoors in the garden or park (beware stranger danger) if possible.
DO it in the evening
DO it every night for 21 days (if you miss one night, start again)
DO expect some zero nights where nothing comes
DO feel safe
DO change your diet for that 21 day period so you are more disrupted during this time.
Be Alone in Nature for 5 - 20 minutes
Sit and be thankful to nature. Look around and witness the birds, or bugs, or view, leaves, mulch, whatever calls you and try to be at one with nature.
Sit still or stand still with pen and paper out of your hands but at the ready. Try keeping your spine straight and your feet (if standing) firm on the ground. Do not fidget.
Breathe long inhalations through your nose, short out through your nose for 2 minutes. Sort of panting.
After 10 breaths, raise your head 45 degrees, then look up 45 degrees, you should be looking high in the sky and say these words to yourself "OH, SOUL, DO YOU HAVE A VISION FOR MY FUTURE?"
The visions come in pictures, rarely words but sometimes you get a thought. Simply and immediately write it down. Even if it makes no sense.
You can divide your vision session into seven areas of life "OH SOUL, DO YOU HAVE A VISION FOR MY FAMILY LIFE?" Etc
Imagination is a powerful thing but believing you are soul guided, guided from on high, is the essential nature of a vision quest.
A meditation in nature, alone, in a place that’s special.
Write notes, gather pictures that look like your vision from magazines. The process of capturing these visions will be covered in conversation prior to your Back on Track vision quest.
The ability to visualize and articulate a possible future state for an organization or company has always been a vital component of successful leadership. In fact, when initially describing someone as a “great business leader,” the knee-jerk reaction is often to cite something about his or her strategic ability or vision. We often hear stories of exalted CEOs and their strategic prowess. The downfall of many a failed CEO has also been attributed to his or her lack of vision. And in many cases, with 20-20 hindsight, it is easy to understand and sympathize with a leader’s vision. In the heat of the moment, however, it is not so easy.
Through our research In Their Time, it became increasingly apparent that vision can be both directly impacted by and conceived through the context of the times. Vision divorced from context can produce very erratic and unpredictable results. The irrationality of the 1920s and again in the Internet-crazed 1990s demonstrated vision that was not grounded in reality. Great business leaders need to walk the fine line between capitalizing on the opportunities that are ripe for the present context and planning for a possible future state. Though context is very important for laying the foundation for success, leaders are not mere pawns. Leaders like Neuharth can and do shape the parameters for success through a vision for a future. And, just as important, they possess the ability to oversee that vision’s implementation.
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