Working on Being Clear-sighted for 2020…
What is your 2020 Vision? This year brings a barrage of thoughtful metaphors to mind, right? We generally have some kind of resolution for change in the new year, yet this year may be even more impactful if we apply its wisdom. In looking clearly, we look at our lives in the full spectrum. Who are we and what is important to us? How are we living to example our core values?
Conversations in the small business peer advisory group monthly meetings usually have some mention of core values, both in the company culture and vision of the owner. One salient point always emerges: continuing personal growth. Our behaviors are driven by our core values, whether at play or work and certainly in relationships in life. Sometimes we need help to reflect and remember who we are.
Early in life we are presented with opportunities to learn how to live from watching those around us and trying things on our own. We grow through mistakes, most often, or at least from less desirable results than we’d like to experience. Sometimes we ask for help when things seem to get out of control and we realize that our mirror needs cleaning.
Moving Forward – Intentional 2020 Vision
Intending to begin this year with renewed attention and focus on being productive, I was reminded of the signs, in English, we encountered in the heart of the Yucatan peninsula on a highway carved through the tropical forest. “Observe Your Intentions” and “Observe Your Distractions” were the clear messages for our relationship and life in general. The wisdom for life offers guidance for all of us.
What is surprising is that we already know this as compassionate and loving beings, what we pay attention to grows and we tend to attract more of the same. How and what do you want to attract this year? What is your 2020 Vision? Can you get really clear on what that is? How are you going to accomplish the vision you have for this year and the future? The possibilities can be overwhelming.
How do you, me, we find clarity in what direction to go? Often we confuse the nature of who we are with what we think we should be doing in life. Who we are is tantamount to what we become and the life that we lead; it’s challenges, perceived failures and triumphs are purposeful to our growth. What keeps us from being and then doing the right things?
We hurt inside when our actions or words are misunderstood or we fall short of our intended goals and objectives. We lock up and separate from the world we so much want to enjoy. Whether personal or professional situations, without reflecting for a moment, taking a breath and stepping back to get a little clearer sight, we may react to the pain in a variety of ways that certainly lack compassion and consideration. We’re human. So? Is that an excuse?
Perhaps we feel like life is a kind of managed chaos, where the notion of crisis management seems to permeate our lives in ways we try to avoid. The wisdom from my father still rings true: do the most challenging thing first; the thing you want to avoid and ignore, the one that you fear or stresses you out the most. The choice to do so is one that happy and successful people make time and again, most often with the best choices made after seeking advice from a coach, mentor or trusted confidant.
Rites of Passage and Purposeful Path
One of the Core Values of Coaching is to tell the truth, be honest and transparent. That’s a great 2020 Vision. It may be tough in some situations, regardless of the reason truth has no deception and we never have to confront ourselves in the mirror. Being honest with ourselves is the first step, a clear look in the mirror is often accompanied by the need for change, transforming who we are or were that was less than who we could be. I was, and probably still am, a bit obsessive of truth. I’ve gotten more compassionate with age.
As a teenager, a few months after turning 18, I had prayed to know the ‘truth’ about life, including me and my purpose for being here. It was no doubt part of some rite of passage built into my consciousness and life-stream, I was asked a question that took me to the depths of my being. “Are you willing to die for what you believe in?” The question came as a voice without form, during a meditation, seemingly from deep within me though not my voice.
I would imagine some have been asked that question as well. How do you answer it? First, one has to decide what they believe in on a very basic level, life or death. As one who was brought up in the United Methodist Church, though not fully aligned with the organized church, my first thought was Christ Consciousness. In the nano-seconds of my ‘check-in’ it felt incomplete. Hold on, it wasn’t a denial of it at all. It just felt incomplete, like there was something more.
Perhaps my hesitancy had to do with form, the embodiment that was a vessel of something greater. It was the greater I wanted to know. My next choice was Cosmic Consciousness, which felt complete and fulfilling in comparison. What is that exactly? The formless side of Christ Consciousness, before incarnation and with infinite intelligence. The answer: “Yes,” and my life changed in an instant. I left this world.
Personal Transformation – Trials and Tribulations
It felt like moving upward, even though eyes were closed. Turning to view my physical body laying across my dorm room bed first, then to look in the direction of the movement with an instant arrival in the Light. Over the next 2 minutes and 42 seconds I was taken on a journey few have made, let alone been able to remain somewhat sane afterward.
Two things I became aware of as a result. First, we a flow of consciousness that has no death, no end; second, we each have a purpose in establishing a new order of Unity on Earth that is required for our sustainability.
That may seem totally insane to many, based on our current situation and who manages the media, politics and resources of our world. Can we learn to work together? What is the best 2020 Vision for moving toward sustainability? It starts with you, me and us and includes more than planetary sustainability, it has more to do with personal sustainability.
We need to ask ourselves a question: What do we believe in? Beyond the illusion of separation, which all paths to transcendence reveal, how do we demonstrate the belief in Love, the longing for the result of the joy and happiness we all seek? How might that show up in our business, career, family and our relationships?
Do we argue about the distractions or ascend with better intentions? Choices….