What trips up your Vision? 5 tips to avoid potential crashes.

by Cheryl Brewster

There’s an expression that Poet Robbie Burns is famous for: Best-laid plans of mice and men oft(en) go astray, and best-laid schemes o’ mice an’ men gang aft a-gley. In other words, things often go wrong even though you have carefully planned what you are going to do. (The gang aft a-gley version is Scots dialect, and comes from Robert Burns’ poem “To a Mouse.”)

So let’s talk about you:
You’ve set your Vision and goals of what you want to create, live, and be this year, however very quickly, things outside of your control can alter the speed or course of that Vision.  Life happens, unexpected events occur and one of two things will result:

1. You will focus on what you “don’t want” which will lead to more of the same… exactly what you don’t want, including your emotional state/experience.
2. Or,  you will focus on what you DO want, including your positive emotional state, which will create just that; the reality of joy and your greatest desires fulfilled.

The beauty of absolutely keeping your focus only on what you do want to feel and create, is the  INSTANT relief it provides:

  • By switching your focus from  stress and negative emotion, you take control of what you want to  experience in the moment; peace or an “I can handle it attitude,” are always good choices..
  • You think more creatively and begin to see new  possibilities; you become more effective; remember negative emotion impedes the brain.
  • You increase  focus and a positive mental attitude for consistency in effectiveness, solutions and inspired, authentic action
  • Creativity, expansiveness, intuition  and mind power expand (as opposed to the reverse)
  • Course correction, an essential yet easily overlooked tool to personal growth becomes more automatic
  • And most importantly, keeping your focus on what you DO want, helps to foster Mindfulness which is about paying attention in a particular way; on purpose, in the present moment, and non-Judgmentally (Jon Kabat-Zinn)

So how best to create these benefits and avoid the potential hazards that can trip us up in following our Vision?

1. Think of yourself as an athlete in training.
By visioning you decided to make your life better; that includes releasing the pain of change as it comes up.

2. Know your Stress Patterns
They’re the habits that switch your focus from “do want” to “don’t want” – what triggers them? Brainstorm solutions so you’re prepared for life’s predictable curve balls.

3. Course correct those stress patterns through awareness and focus… acting in unity with your vision in itself creates unification.

4. Keep your focus on what you love to do. All the time!
As Susan Jeffers warned in Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway,  “Your mind only take off on its own when you’re not telling it what to do”.

5. Keep a Gratitude/Blessings Journal – it increases your vibrational frequency; the energy that aligns you to your higher values, be a magnet for appreciation!

If don’t currently have a “Vision Awareness Practice,” consider incorporating these for the next week and share with us what happens! All the research in self discovery and personal development points to the importance of constant repetition… this isn’t just once in a while thing, for full effectiveness it becomes a daily practice over many months, combined with a love of life-long learning.
Did you enjoy this post? Cheryl Brewster is a Personal/Business Intuitive, Transformational Coach and Professional Speaker. To stay current with ongoing events, sign up for both the newsletter and daily quote on The Intuitive Life homepage. And to contact her directly with your insights and results from the exercises, contact her at (604) 781-4022 or by email: cheryl@theintuitivelife.com

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Your Life Vision – Go For It!

by Cheryl Brewster

Vision… what possibilities can you create, say yes to this year?

“If you don’t go after what you want, you’ll never have it. If you don’t ask, the answer is always no. If you don’t step forward, you’re always in the same place.”
~ Nora Roberts

What is your vision for this year? What plans have you made to incorporate your highest aspirations and goals?
Perhaps you’re clear – and perhaps you’re not.  But this one thing is certain… as per the quote above, if you don’t go after what you want, you’ll never have it.

Oftentimes the most simple concepts are ones we miss because they appear too obvious.  To facilitate clear thinking and developing more ability to “stay present,” the following are helpful:

1. Make a list of what you don’t want/do want.
2. Do an inventory… where are you acting/not acting on what you most want?
3. What are 3 small things you can do today to focus and take action on what you DO want?
4. What are you grateful for?

Notice that where you have gratitude in life, things are probably bubbling along nicely. There’s most likely trust,  peace and prosperity in these areas.
Notice where you do not have gratitude, that you get into trouble? Is there peace and prosperity in these areas? Are you trusting yourself?
What we focus on grows.

As you head into the new year, what do you want to grow?
They key to effectiveness is self discovery and self development.

A big part of Visioning is taking time out to breathe and do a quick inventory; it allows us to course correct and get excited about our emerging vision again. Personal effectiveness can only grow as we evaluate and course correct.  The key is kindness and compassion – they are relevant task masters by reducing resistance – the obstacle to true growth and change.

How can you incorporate kindness and compassion as relevant task masters in 2014? Part of why we don’t go after what we want is because we shut ourselves down… we may it too restrictive, too impossible. Kindness doesn’t do that… it allows, invites and shows a different way.

Here’s to your renewed vision in 2014!

Cheryl Brewster is a Business Intuitive and Transformational Coach, assisting clients in digging deeper to live truly authentic, effective lives.  To stay current with upcoming Visioning events and to be receive daily inspiring quotes; there are two places to sign up on her website…. or to explore an intuitive session or coaching program, contact here.