I wrote my first vision statement when I took my first coaching class. It was an interesting way of looking at my life. I hadn’t looked at it like this in the past.
I never had much direction in my life. I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do even when I was in college. I found my way to film production as a major, then I again happened upon a freelance career in film for many years. I was lucky that it all came together. I did set out to make it happen. I just didn’t know what it would look like or what it meant to be successful.
As my career progressed I looked at other parts of my life and started to think differently.
I went through a few changes. I got married and then divorced, I moved to California and got married again. I started to see how my career was limiting me. I started to think differently about how I wanted my life to look.
Was this the career that would give me all I wanted in life?
Did I even know what I wanted in life?
I had never asked these questions in the past.
I kept searching and trying new things. I believed that I could do anything. Most things I tried I made work. But a lot weren’t the best choice for me.
My life kept changing.
During my second divorce I needed to survive again on my own. In survival mode it is hard to think and be creative. I was only thinking about how to take care of my basic needs.
I got through that change and survived. Then I started to rethink my career again.
I had tried a bunch of different careers. There were things I liked and things I didn’t.
How was I going to figure out my next thing?
I hadn’t taken time to know what was important to me. I was just on that moving sidewalk and I didn’t jump off. This wasn’t working.
So, I jumped off. I stopped moving forward and took time to actively decide who I am and what I wanted in life.
It wasn’t easy. I had to look deep. It is my life, I wanted control of how I lived it. I wanted to live it intentionally.
I started to work with a coach. She helped me look at other careers. I explored a few different career paths. Some of them scared me at first. Others just weren’t for me.
This was my first experience with coaching.
I had been in counseling after my divorces. I learned a lot about my way of looking at the world from my past experiences. It was enlightening but I wanted to learn how to change my behavior and live differently in the future.
It was through coaching that I found my new path.
I was learning to take responsibility for my life. Not to just have excuses for why I thought certain ways.
When I wrote my first vision statement, it all came together. It was a story about my future life. Now, I had a path to follow. I read that statement regularly to keep me inspired to create it.
My vision is just a story of my life in five years. It is fun to dream and really imagine what life will be in the future. And it is even more fun when you make it happen.
I revisit my vision at least every five years. Or when new ideas unfold. Each time it is easier to see where I want to go. And each time it is easier to believe I will get there.
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