How to build a roadmap to achieve your goals.
Designing the plan...
“The clearer you are when visualizing your dreams, the brighter the spotlight will be to lead you on the right path.” -Gail Lynne Goodwin.
Throughout my life the most important starting point has always been visualization. This practice has helped me begin the process of focusing my energy in the right direction. All too often people lose steam in the creative process because spending too much energy in too many directions can be exhausting and even discouraging. Taking time to slow down, quiet the chatter of the mind and let the inner voice speak will allow for a more productive creative process.
the easiest way to start...
This can feel like an intimidating process because it is essentially letting the mind explore infinite possibilities until the right one starts to really come into focus. Thankfully there is a very simple way to begin quieting the mind. Think of it like a very casual meditation. When I have the ability to actually do this outside, somewhere peaceful, I have found the best results. Otherwise, what I do is sit in a quiet room, close my eyes and picture myself laying in a beautiful meadow looking up at the sky watching clouds pass. My thoughts are the clouds passing by, although I acknowledge the existence of each one, I allow them to drift by until my mind is clear.
The next phase
Once the mind is clear, I set my intention by asking a question. What? Why? How? etc. For example, "How can I best reach new patients?" With a clear, calm mind and a focused intention set, visual aides will start to appear...even though it might not make total sense at first, the key is viewing what is coming up through the lens of intention that I've set. So, if a baseball stadium pops into my mind's eye, I will write it down and all the ways it fits into my question. In this case, it lead me to sponsoring a local baseball team and provided a tremendous growth opportunity for finding new patients.
Practice, practice, practice...the more time you spend on the smallest details the easier it becomes. Hope this technique helps guide you to amazing accomplishments and please share your success with me.