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Yol Swan: Spiritual Mentor, Author & Life-Business Coach | Article

Harness Your Visionary Powers to Accomplish Your Goals

10/1/2013
One of my mottos is, Hold fast to your vision, regardless of what is going on around you, because you need the power of your vision to transform your perception and your current reality.

When you truly stop believing (and living) in the past (i.e., past experiences, beliefs, thoughts, traumas, etc.), and instead you appreciate the things and thoughts that bring you joy in the present moment, you begin to pave the way toward a brighter and more fulfilling future.

But how do you hold on to your vision, when the mind is continuously creating a multitude of thoughts, ideas, and desires? How do you differentiate between those that will bring you joy and those that arise from a wounded place (and will perpetuate the wound)? And most importantly, how do you bring them into reality when everything around you seems to be pointing in different directions? Aside from the obvious self-discipline and focus, the keys here are: know and trust yourself.

The mind is tricky, so the difference between true (soul-driven) desires and impulsive (ego-driven) illusions is subtle, and this is why your visionary powers—like those of spiritual entrepreneurs, inspired leaders, and creative visionaries—can either propel you into success and fulfillment or get in your way, creating blind spots that side track you or sabotage your goals and purpose.

Are Your Ideas Blocking Your Goals and Accomplishments?

A visionary mind is a flowing fountain of creative, innovative, and amazing ideas and solutions. If you have tapped into your creative nature, you know what I mean. It seems that no sooner than you start a project, you get flooded with new ideas that may enhance, complement, or improve your project; or maybe these new ideas are independent of your current goal and fuel the impulse to ignite yet a completely new project.

It’s a blessing to be able to tap into your creative potential and become an idea generator, but it can also have a downside, because so many ideas floating in your mind can get confusing and distracting, and actually prevent you from focusing on your goal or project to bring it to fruition. It doesn’t matter if the project is a creative endeavor, a business, a career, or your daily life. You can start a million things and jump from one to another without ever fully embracing or mastering who you are and what you want.

From the ego-mind perspective, the role of the “eternal beginner” is a safe place, because you can’t really fail if you never actualize anything; you can’t be judged for what you’ve done, since you haven’t finished it; and you can always improve something that is considered “work in progress” in your mind.

In other words, remaining in the idea world allows you to not take responsibility for what you can do while maintaining a sense of control; after all, anything is possible in the idea realm. Bringing something to reality or fruition requires self-discipline, focus, and conscious action.

Is Your Love of Learning Preventing You From Mastering Life?

Another visionary power that can get in your way is the love of learning. If you are an idea generator, you are probably eager to discover new ideas and acquire wisdom as well. As a visionary, you are a lifetime learner and you also want to have all your “ducks in a row” before you feel ready to step up and present your vision to others. Yet since there is always something more to discover and learn, this may bring out an underlying feeling that “you’re not ready” because you may be missing something.

I don’t know how many people I’ve met who attend workshop after workshop, follow one teacher after another, learn all the healing techniques they can, and read all the books they find, and yet do not know who they are or what they want in life. They gather tons of information and teachings, but they lack the self-discipline to integrate it into their personal and spiritual experience.

True knowledge comes from experience, and true wisdom comes from insight. The only way to change the dysfunctional patterns created from past experiences, memories, beliefs, and habits is to replace them with new experiences, memories, beliefs, and habits. Those new experiences have to come from conscious choices you make in a different direction from the unconscious impulses of the ego-mind.

The soul doesn’t care about how many certifications, diplomas, books, retreats, workshops, and healing techniques you have acquired; its only concern is what you do with it all and how you apply it for the purpose of expanding your awareness and self-knowledge—that is, of your self-growth (i.e., growing closer to the Self).

So again, not integrating knowledge and experience may keep you as the eternal seeker or student, which is another way to hide and not take responsibility for who you are and what you are here to do. There is nothing wrong with learning (I am a lover of learning myself), but you have to start delving into your own inner wisdom at some point.

You can continue enjoying learning from everything and everyone while also embracing what you have to offer yourself and others. It really is a matter of self-love and self-worth here, and you can begin to believe and value everything you are, no matter where you are at.

Is Your Search for Perfection Sabotaging You?

You may not realize this, but everyone is always giving as much as they can and doing their best. Sometimes that “best” may not seem good enough to you, but it’s truly the best that you or anyone can do at any given time, because it is in our nature to be and do the best we can. Yearning for perfection is ingrained in our divine nature, and although it may get distorted and twisted along the way, we can use this natural visionary power to do great things. However, it has a downside, too.

As kids, we all expect love, support, and validation from the outside world (from parents, teachers, friends, and so on). If you grew up in an environment that didn’t provide the emotional support you needed, then chances are you acquired the belief that you’re not good enough, or that you don’t know enough, and so this visionary power becomes the tendency to be a perfectionist, which blocks your ability to feel good about what you can accomplish and also creates the need to always be right.

On the one hand, you’re committed to do your best and hold high standards for yourself, but on the other, you don’t allow yourself to be at peace with who you are and accept that life is a process where there are no mistakes, only the expansion of awareness that comes from your learning experiences.

If you don’t give yourself permission to be wrong, to not know, and to make mistakes, how can you open up to the great wisdom and abundance that is available to you, and how can you continue growing and expanding consciousness? Perfectionism hinders your ability to deliver and share your gifts with others: a great performance, a wonderful piece of work, an innovative solution, or a loving and generous life.

The Time to Master and Create Your Life Is Now!

In truth, mastery is not about knowing what this or that author think, or what this or that teacher says; it’s not about comparing yourself to others or waiting for the right moment to start living or loving; it’s not about judging yourself or others by the standards of personal or cultural morals or ideals.

It’s about knowing who you truly are and putting into action what rings true to you from all the information and experiences you have acquired, and allowing your gifts to shine forth and support you in the fulfillment of your purpose.

Perhaps you have forgotten that, ultimately, you are here to touch others with what makes you unique: the singular mixture of gifts, talents, intelligence, intuition, perspective, expertise, experience and style that only you can offer. So here are some pointers to help you start harnessing your visionary powers for success:

* Know who you are and what you want to become self-guided;
* Believe that who you are is exactly who you need to be, and that there is always room for improvement and change;
* Know that everything has many layers, don’t underestimate the power of your ego-mind and remain vigilant in your self-exploration;
* Stop being the “eternal beginner”: acknowledge and value all your experiences (both pleasurable and painful);
* Give yourself permission to be wrong, to make mistakes, and to not know the answers, with compassion and self-love;
* Understand that self-growth is a never-ending process because consciousness never stops expanding;
* Start using your visionary powers to take conscious action and not to procrastinate;
* Remember that even after you reach a goal, your life path continues;
* Be gentle and compassionate with yourself and others, nobody said this was easy and we didn’t get any instructions either!

And of course, if you need support and guidance to find your life path, your purpose, or to create a successful soul-based business, don’t hesitate to contact me and begin harnessing all your potential for a fulfilling, joyful, and abundant life!

© 2012 Yol Swan. All rights reserved.

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Yol Swan is a Soul Guided Life & Business Coach offering her intuitive and healing gifts, plus over 28 years of experience exploring the mind and psyche, to help spirit-led women, conscious entrepreneurs, and Indigo adults to create a joyful, abundant and empowering life or business in alignment with their soul purpose. http://SoulGuidedCoach.com