Believe in Your Vision
Staying focused on your greater goal
I remember I was on a trip to Florida with my family in high school driving down a street by the ocean viewing one amazing home after another. My mom said to me that it must be nice to have a home that beautiful. My response to her (that I am still not sure where it had come from, but I felt it from the bottom of my heart) was that I believe I will have it one day - and I could picture what it looked like. She asked why I thought that and I couldn't explain it, I just believed it.
The house itself really wasn't what that belief was about - it was about a vision that I believed I was going to do something great one day. The house just represented the culmination of that achievement. I keep that vision with me when things go sideways, upside down or right side up. It helps me keep things in perspective that I am working toward a larger goal - even if I am not sure what that is at times, I just feel it.
I believe, innovation takes risk and it transitions to many different things over your lifetime. When you look at history, nothing stays stagnant. Things are always changing and developing whether it's music, art, technology, business, etc. It never stays the same. It takes people to come along to push for transition to take things to the next step. I believe each person was put here for a purpose to make those changes and take those risks even if each person hasn't identified what that purpose is yet. It's important to understand what your purpose is and believe in yourself so that we all benefit. Many times we don't even notice the changes until they have already occurred and we look back and can't believe how much has changed in a short period of time.
Part of believing in yourself is allowing space to make transitions for another generation to come through to keep evolving our own creativity. I read a quote once from a prestigious yoga teacher named Seane Corn where she was asked to mentor a younger instructor that she personally felt had a great yoga practice, in addition to being beautiful. She answered the request from the younger teacher by saying that she would mentor her if when she encounters the same experience of another teacher just as talented that comes to her in the future by not feeling threatened to help that teacher grow and expand as way of paying it forward. I read this at a time in my life where I was making a transition in my career and this resonated with me. You know it's time to move to your next phase in your gut and make space for new people to grow into the space you were at. You can't stay the same or stagnant, everything must grow and change. Sometimes things come to an end to push you to take the next right path - rather than looking at change or endings as a bad thing - instead look at it as your next thing you were meant to be or to do, and not resist it.
Innovation also takes risk. Unleashing your creativity without listening to other people's judgement or telling you it's not possible is really important in achieving your vision. If you believe in it, do it. When I was younger I was fully into the arts - painting and playing music. Once it was time for college I was guided into business school even though I had opportunities to major in the arts. I don't necessarily think that path was wrong; however, what happened was I began to believe that if I didn't go to school for painting, I couldn't paint. What I have found in the past year is I went back to my roots of painting and playing music and found passion for it all over again. I just read a quote in an article from Katie Holmes talking about growing up in Ohio and wanting to become an actress. Her comment was that she wishes she could tell her young self that acting is just a plane ride away. Everything is achievable, it's about going after it, having a vision, putting your mind into action and not feeling there is a right way or wrong way to do it. It's all a journey.
Creativity doesn't need to be taught - it's from within and it resonates with the eye of the beholder. It's what touches you and may not for someone else. All you can do is keep putting yourself out there and not let others keep you down because of their own insecurities. There is plenty of judgement from those around you - even if people don't know you - it's amazing how many people have opinions about you that don't know you or your circumstances. I have encountered that plenty in my career. Not sure why people take up space in their heads passing judgement, but it's typically out of their own insecurities of what they have done to limit themselves. Living your life in the way that best fits you is all that matters and learn to shut out the rest of the noise as best you can.
In order to imagine new ideas you need to create space so you can explore what's next to come. If there is no space to allow for new ideas, you won't be able to do it. I find when I exercise or sometimes even on a plane - when I slow down, something takes over and all the sudden I solve a problem in my head that I couldn't solve before. That is because there wasn't space for it until I allowed for it. It's also important to have the strength sometimes to let go of things that aren't working too. You try and try and then you realize you keep pushing against the same thing and are not solving the issue. For instance, there are times when I am painting that I have a vision in my head of what it's going to look like and no matter how many ways I try to fix it, it doesn't work. After all that time and effort, I then have to muster the strength to throw out the painting (which drives my children nuts by the way...they fish them out of the trash and then I have to throw them away again). There are so many things in life that we have to have the wherewith all to scrap an idea or concept and move on or decide to change how we go about accomplishing the same thing in a different way. That's innovation - but it needs space to breathe and grow so we can learn from it.
There are certain things that take over me, my soul, where time flies by and I lose myself - speaking to a crowd at a conference, teaching yoga, painting and listening to music to name a few. So when things gets tough, that's why I don't stop trying or throw in the towel because I put my whole self into what doesn't feel like work, but what is innate in me. Rather than resisting what feels right for you, go toward it, rather than holding yourself back. Many times, I don't have the line of sight of what that next goal to conquer is going to be - but I continue to wade through the darkness toward it until I find it.
Remembering to allow yourself space and grow with what you learn - which is mostly from what fails - will hopefully make each of us stronger and closer to achieving the vision we set out to conquer. If it wasn't a journey, it wouldn't feel so good when we have the wins. Believing in that feeling in your gut and shutting out the noise will help when things seem to collapse at the seems. When things go dark for me, I step back and try to understand what it is trying to tell me and why so many things are going wrong. There is usually a message in there if I make the space to listen to it so I can keep innovating and creating. Believe in yourself, your talents and block the noise.
Stay true to the vision you have for yourself so you can achieve all that you want.