People often ask, “What do you mean by, ‘Big Vision for your work in the world?'” I believe that everyone has been given skills, talents, and dreams — a Big Vision — that can contribute to making the world a better place. I also believe that when everyone is living their Big Vision, it uplifts all our lives.
Your Big Vision is bigger than you. You’ll need a combo of planning, action, and faith to reach it. And you’ll need help. You can’t do it alone.
The size of your vision, its “goodness,” and the amount of money you earn from it are not essential components —unless you want them to be. Each person’s Big Vision is different. What is “big” to one person is different than what is big to another. It might support you financially, or it might be unpaid work like parenting, or building community in your neighborhood. And it doesn’t have to be what could be categorized as “do-good.” For example, the arts have all kinds of inherent benefits for our health and well-being, society, economy, and education.
Is it like “Follow Your Bliss?”
Having a Big Vision may sound like Joseph Campbell’s quote, If you do follow your bliss, you put yourself on a kind of track that has been there all the while, waiting for you, and the life that you ought to be living is the one you are living. It’s similar, but different. What the “follow your bliss” movement got right is that the experiences that bring you enjoyment are breadcrumbs that lead you to satisfying work.
What it got wrong is the idea that if you follow those breadcrumbs, the path ahead will be magically clear and everything will be easy peasy. There will be obstacles, setbacks, and struggles. Some will be external, like financial resources or available time. Some will be internal, like lack of confidence or anxiety. Some will be systemic like racism, ableism, and ageism. Some will be collective like COVID and climate change.
What can make following your Big Vision “easier” than not pursuing it is that you’re moving towards something that engages you. That engagement will give you more energy to persevere through the challenges. It might even bring more opportunities because you’ll be more excited to talk about it with people and to take action towards it. That’s the “magic”—it comes from you.
Why You Need a Big Vision Now.
1. Pursuing your Big Vision can be energizing.
2. A Big Vision benefits you and others.
During these difficult times, don’t give up on your Big Vision. Keep on pursuing what excites you—for yourself and for all of us.
For 20+ years, I’ve worked with artists, writers, healers, creative entrepreneurs, changemakers, nonprofits, and socially responsible businesses to make their Big Visions for their work in the world real. As one client said, “You turn anxiety into an action plan.” Making it real can look like clarifying it, communicating it, making time for it, and getting ready to live it. Big Visions are created from our imagination. Our work together will create structures, plans, support, and words to ground your Big Vision. Set up a free, sample coaching call!
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