At the beginning of every year when I prepare my vision board playshops, I send out a list of questions to help participants frame their vision. When my own purpose or focus eludes me, I turn to the Million Dollar Question:
If money were no object, if the opinions of friends and family didn't matter and if you were free to do anything in the world you wanted – what would you do? (Another way to ask this is: if you had a million dollars, what would you do?)
Now, answer the Million Dollar Question and watch yourself fighting the little objections that arise. See if you can push them down and let the truth of what you really want rise to the surface.
Seriously, what's your heart's burning desire? What have you dreamed about doing ever since you were a kid? What are your five top passions, the pursuits, things or experiences that you enjoy so much you couldn't live without them?
Creating a vision or sensing our true purpose leads us forward toward something larger than ourselves. It helps us set goals and define how we want to live our lives, the actions we take moment to moment, and the people we take with us.
“If you don't know where you're going, you'll end up someplace else.” –Yogi Berra
Our vision acts as an attractor beam pulling us toward it, while we're simultaneously drawing it to us. It keeps us on track, rather than wandering aimlessly through our days.
Here are some other questions to explore that might help you define or color your vision – and bring it into reality.
1. Who do I most admire or envy and why?
2. What are they doing that I'd love to do?
3. How would I most like to be of service?
4. Who would really appreciate my talents and gifts?
5. Who do I need to be or become to really go after my dream?
6. How will I feel when I'm actually living my purpose?
7. If I could choose any profession or service other than what I'm doing now, what would it be?
Tonight (New Year's Eve), I made collard greens and black-eyed peas, the traditional southern New Year's Day meal to share with friends on New Year's Day for good luck and money. Because let's face it, we all need a little more luck and some extra cha-ching doesn't hurt either. I love sending folks off toward their vision quests on a full stomach – a spicy feast to launch a spicy new year.
Here's wishing everyone out there more joy, more love, more presence, and a more fulfilled life in 2013. And add a little spice while you're at it.
“The aim of life is to live, and to live means to be aware, joyously, drunkenly, serenely, divinely aware.” – Henry Miller