And so 2014 is coming to an end and, we are about to welcome in a New Year, a new beginning. For me it is an ideal time to reflect upon the vision I have for my life and what it means to live an extraordinary quality of life.
How do you prepare for the transition to a New Year?
Are you in the habit of making New Years Resolutions? Do you stick with your resolutions?
Do you have a vision for your life?
As I reflect on my vision for my life I keep coming back to an important point, one that has transformed my experience of life. And that point is…..We are each responsible for the quality of our life and for our experience of happiness or suffering.
What was your experience of life in 2014? I encourage you to take a few moments to reflect upon this.
What are the words you would use to describe the year?
Have you ended the year where you wanted to be?
Is it a surprise to see where you are today?
Are you dismayed to find you are experiencing the same conflicts and challenges just like you were last year…..and the year before?
How do you feel about your experiences within your relationships?
Is there any relationship that needs to be nurtured or healed?
I have come to realise that any changes that I want to see or feel in life need to begin with me and I believe it’s the same for you.
Do you have a vision for your life?
A vision guides your life, a vision gives you strength and reminds you of your purpose in times of challenge and let’s face it there will be challenges in life, a vision helps you to hang in there until the next step becomes clear.
I didn’t realise just how important a vision was until recently and I was surprised to find that I was living without a vision, that in many ways I was waiting for life to happen around me without being an active participant and playing my part in the web of life.
My mentors at the One World Academy have opened my eyes to a new understanding of what a vision is and what it means to live an extraordinary quality of life.
A vision is not about what you want to achieve, it’s not the same as having goals, it is more than just making New Years resolutions. A vision is more about how you want to experience life, how you want to interact with others and experience relationships, the contribution you want to make in the world, rather than what “success” you want to achieve, the holidays you want to take, the amount of money you want to earn…..
Please don’t get me wrong, it is fine to have goals, make resolutions, to be successful and celebrate your achievements. However, we often prioritise external growth, accumulation and goals at the expense of our inner growth and paying attention to the moments of life. Often we don’t live our life with the understanding that happiness is a choice that we each need to make and that we are the creators of our destiny.
I sincerely believe this is worth our time and energy to cultivate a vision for living a beautiful life. For me creating a vision increases and enhances the passion and purpose you experience in life and what the world needs is more people living with passion and purpose.
What creates an extraordinary quality of life?
Is it a successful career? Is it earning a huge income? Is it having dream house full of the latest designs and gadgets? Is it travelling all over the world? Is it having the perfect partner and children? Is it achieving perfect health?
All of these situations can change in a moment…..so what then?
What if we lose our successful career, if we can’t find the perfect partner, if our children don’t live up to our expectations, if our house is destroyed by fire, if our income decreases or disappears?
Does this mean that we won’t be able to experience an extraordinary quality of life and that happiness will elude us?
Are the world’s richest people the happiest people? Are the world’s poorest people the unhappiest?
What does it mean to live an extraordinary quality of life?
For me it is about how we experience life, rather than what we do, have or achieve in life. To live an extraordinary quality of life is about experiencing connection, ease, peace, calm, joy, happiness and acceptance of yourself and others. You realise you are a part of the web of life and you take responsibility for your choices and actions.
I have come to see that an extraordinary quality of life is not dependent on external circumstances…..rather it’s entirely dependent on internal circumstances, that is, my state of mind, my inner environment. Living an extraordinary quality of life does not mean I will not have challenges, but I am more able to handle and rise above those challenges. Living an extraordinary quality of life is much more than merely enjoying life, it is about having a beautiful impact on those around you, it is about contributing peace, love, tolerance, understanding, joy and connection to our world…..and I believe that this is what our world needs most. Living an extraordinary quality of life has only become possible through the creation of a vision for my life.
I will ask you again….
Do you have a vision for your life? Do you have a vision for your relationships?
Roman philosopher Seneca once said,
“If one does not know to which port one is sailing, no wind is favourable”
It’s the same when we live without a vision…..how will you know which direction to take, which opportunities will lead you in the direction you are seeking? Will you be inspired to even try to live a beautiful life, to create beautiful relationships?
Creating a vision for your life comes from the understanding that we are each responsible for our own happiness and experience of life and that we live in an interconnected world where we impact life around us every moment.
We are all one – so what you do for yourself, you do for the world, how you choose to live, impacts others.
Does this inspire you to create a vision to experience an extraordinary quality of life or to reflect on your concept of living with a vision?
Creating a vision is an opportunity to create a beautiful destiny!!
A vision to live a happy life, to experience peace and joy, to cultivate and express gratitude becomes a gift that we can give to the world, we can choose the legacy we want to leave behind. It’s an opportunity too good to pass up!
An important aspect of creating a vision is to know yourself, to look within. In this link I share with you a guided meditation to deepen your awareness of the experience of happiness in life.
I wholeheartedly encourage you to create a vision for all aspects of your life, particularly your relationships – see yourself living a beautiful life and leaving a beautiful legacy in the world.
Are you ready to look within and create a beautiful vision for your life? Please let me know if I can support you on your journey.
Wishing you a peaceful and joyful end to 2014 and many beautiful new beginnings in 2015.
P.S. As you are creating your intentions and vision for your life you may like to consider joining me for the Freedom in Living 7-day retreat at the One World Academy in 2015. This is an incredible opportunity to reconnect to your passion and purpose in life and to experience a beautiful new consciousness.