What once upon a time was a dream-come-true for us often becomes our cage.

Busy, we go on autopilot. Never stop to ask ourselves: Do I still want this?

We might get nudges that something is wrong. Like the lobster that grew bigger, our old shell becomes uncomfortable and constricting.

We try to numb the discomfort rather than enquire into it.

Some more Netflix, some shopping, some more food and drink. Distractions, meant to make us feel better.

If we do not hear the whispers of discomfort for a long time, they become screams.

Many examine their lives only after burnout or what they consider a major failure.

So, what can we do?

Take a step back from the urgent and ask ourselves the important questions.

We reconnect with our vision.

Vision work tackles life’s arguably biggest question:

“What the hell do I want to do with my life?”

This question is tangled with so much fear. So many stories we tell ourselves.

It is deep work that needs to be approached in a playful and light-hearted way.


I never read an autobiography of a successful person who did not have a vision about what they would create way before they did.

Most people do not ask the big questions because they fear what they discover might disrupt a comfortable status quo.

Maybe it will; maybe it won’t.

When I coach people on vision, some realize they need to make a drastic change.

Pruning the weeds and sometimes repotting the plant is necessary for it to thrive.

Others will make a tiny, one-grade correction to their route. Minor readjustments that make all the difference to where they end up.

Hospice nurse Bronnie Ware collected the top five regrets of the dying. The number one regret was this:

“I wish I had the courage to live a life true to myself, not the one others expected of me.”

Fear is not helpful.

But if we are to be afraid of something, fear of regret is scarier than the fear of the unknown.

By the way, connecting with what we want does not mean we need to make abrupt decisions or changes.

Once we get clarity, ideas and opportunities tend to appear, making what looked impossible smooth, easy and fun.

An authentic life vision can save you years of working on the wrong things.

It will focus your creative energy towards what you want. It will also help you recognize the right opportunities that align with your goals.

How?

We all have an inner knowing about what we want to create and experience next. We just need to remove the obstacles to this inner knowing.

My process for getting to those answers is by removing the layers that cover them: ego, fear, perceived limitations, expectations, and past clutter.

It is a playful process.

What-if experiments.

A roadmap of exercises.

A supportive community.

Little pieces of the puzzle that slowly start forming a picture.

Conclusion

I fell in love with creating a vision when it helped me move from my mum’s sofa in Greece to a global role at Google in London.

Since then, I have coached hundreds of leaders on their vision, and the results never cease to amaze me.

Now, I am about to embark again on a 6-week visioning journey with a small group of clients.

It is a liberating journey.

It feels freeing to take a moment to reconnect with yourself, your inner wisdom and bliss.

Removing the layers keeping your light from shining as bright as it could be.

Do what feels aligned with your truth.

Not what others expect of you. Not what you think is possible.

But what the wisest and most powerful part of yourself wants to unleash.

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