Two strategies to clearly define your vision

This week's question from my portal “The Neagle Code: Directions for Life” comes from CPK.

Neagle Code Question

Hi David,

I have been through many programs. I have a lot of degrees and training in my profession, but after 20 years and a heart attack, I do not and have not had a vision. So, if I do not have a vision and am ready to totally reinvent myself and my direction at 59, how do I start? Most exercises assume one has a vision, then set goals.

Neagle Code Answer

Hi CPK and thanks for your question.

The truth is you do have a vision, but there is a part of you that is afraid of seeing it.

Here are two different strategies that I’ve found really help my students open to their vision.

Strategy 1:

Make a list of all the things in your life that you are tolerating. What you desire is just the opposite side of what you don’t desire.

Making this list is an excellent way of starting small and building toward a vision. By eliminating your tolerations one by one, you can begin to see what you do want for yourself.

Strategy 2:

Journal. Let me be more specific. Approach your vision journal with an air of curiosity. Ask yourself: If I had a vision, I wonder what it would be…

And then begin writing. Don’t censor anything. Write it ALL down.

Be ok with it changing daily. Be ok with it seeming ridiculous, too big, not clear enough, etc.

Allow yourself to play with ideas and fantasize about possibilities. As you do this, your vision will begin to take shape.

And remember, visions change. What your vision is today may not be your vision in a year, but start where you are and begin to make small shifts and advances.

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  1. Hi,
    @And remember, visions change.
    If this is true, what then is a vision good for? I thought a vision is supposed to give some kind of direction or frame to one’s actions and life. If that changes constantly, wouldn’t it be better to take something else for a compass or just do what feels good? What are visions for then? What purpose can they serve, if they change constantly? Thank you. Best regards, Joseann

    • Thanks for the post Joseann. First, I never said visions ‘constantly’ change, yet you managed to say it twice in the span of a few sentences. The truth is that your vision should change based on what level of experience you find yourself in. If you are at a same level of growth for an extended period of time, chances are likely that your vision will stay right along side it. You’ve probably heard me use the term “new level-new devil.” The vision you have for yourself now will surely be different as you continue to change, adapt, and grow. Also, visions are different for everyone, and only you can answer the question, ‘what is it good for?’ I’d challenge you to consider how doing what feels good is not in direct relation to the vision that you are holding for yourself.