Eighteen year old me loved 2 things: Passionfruit flavoured Vodka Cruisers and my boyfriend’s buff rock-climber arms. Because of these not-so-sophisticated passions of mine, I found myself getting easily swept up into making a really bad decision. Rather than going off to study teaching like I’d always dreamed of doing, I ended up moving down to Lincoln University to study landscape architecture- 10% because I was good at graphic design, 90% because my boyfriend was doing it.
I learned a lot of things that year, but this blog is neither about; dealing with a traumatic break-up nor is it focused on sharing hangover cures. Although I dropped out after one year, I did learn a thing or two about design and what it takes to create incredible things. So for the purposes of this post, we’re going to explore the concept that: every Grand-Design starts with a phenomenal vision.
It makes sense then, that to create something spectacular with your life, you’ve got to start with a spectacular vision – and this is THE question that will help you to do that:
On the last day of school this year, what do you want to see, hear, feel and say?
Take some time to really percolate on that. . .
To build your grand vision, you need to engage all of your senses and emotions so really go there with your mind. Think of it like your happy place. What is happening when you look around? What is it exactly that you’re feeling? What interactions are you having with students, colleagues and parents?
Focus on what you do want to create, not what you don’t want. E.g, “I will feel calm and energised” is a much more powerful statement than “I don’t want to feel stressed and worn out”.
The clearer your vision for the end of the year is, the more likely it is that you’ll be able to achieve it. Let’s keep going with the architecture theme and take this thing next level:
Once an architect has a clear vision, they go ahead and make a plan. They make sure that the plan has enough detail in it for the builders to follow so their grand design comes out precisely as they had envisioned it. The exact same approach applies to any goal you want to achieve. With a clear end of year vision, the next step is backwards planning and brainstorming of all of the things that you could do to turn that vision into a reality.
The concept sounds simple, and truthfully, that’s because on paper it really is!
Create a vision – make a plan – take consistent action – get results
So, what does the end of 2020 have in store for you?
The answer: Whatever you want! It’s all yours if you create it.