Flowing between Vision and Action
I have been there a million times, and lots of the strong girls and women and children and men around me have too: you have an idea, a desire, a pull inside that you know is true. You have a seed, a vision of a tree, maybe even of the forest that will grow from it. But the minute you grab onto it with both hands, ready to bring it into the world you just stand there. The desire is still beating into your hands, except you see no space to plant it and expand it, you see no way to move it further. And the longer you stand there, the weaker the beating becomes, the more it all seems silly or too much to ask. What do you do then? Drop it? Or hold on to it? I have dropped a lot of seeds on my way here. Because I have been living where the dreamers live, where the heads are in the clouds – and it is a good place to be, but not the only place. Eventually you feel a pull to come down, to you dig your hands into the earth and you plant this dream to water it and give it your everything to let it grow.
This is the transition from vision into action. From the mental world of ideas to the physical world of manifestation and materialization. This is where the hands get dirty and where we can finally touch what was once just desire. This is where it gains momentum.
Or where it gets stuck. Your big beautiful dream, pure in its intention, poetic in what it will bring about becomes buried in worldly dirt: what about finances? What about realism? What about completion? What about the insecurity? This is where the vision meets reality, where your hands get dirty and you get tired and there is so much to do – but you are stuck details. This is where believe in potential gets hijacked by fear, where purpose is sidetracked into details, where freedom is compromised by a need to feel safe.
Hell, why not by a plastic ready-made plant instead of growing your own tree? We all know this world sells ready-made dreams, and packaged lives to just follow. One milestone after another, in a carefully managed life, with a lot of consuming to feel alive along the way, a lot of entertainment to escape into and feel something. There is a life out there that is easier, that even has an automatic pilot and a safety net in place. But at what cost? There is an easy road, and as you feel this uninspired and stuck, you feel yourself looking at it more, but you know you won’t take it.
You have made a choice – long ago, or just now – to take the seed and plant it. That choice does not make you a victim, it came from a place of power. And just because you can’t find space or water or sunlight to nourish your dream into reality, does not mean this choice is up for questioning.
It means you take a step back, and you rise above.
Go back to the clouds. Go back to the vision, to “what” you want, “why” you want it, and how it will feel when you have it. Connect back to the vision, let it fill you up. Write on it, dance on it, soak in a bath with it, cry it out, take it for a walk, breathe through it, talk it over and over and over with those you trust the most. Let it fill you up so much that you overflow, you become the water yourself.
Then rain down on the ground, right there where the seed is waiting for you. Get back to work, action. Out of mind, into the world. Show up. Break it down into small steps and put one footin front of the other. Connect with those that can help you. Fill out the boring paper work. Take the no's and look for yesses. Read all the books, do all the experiments. Create momentum, let yourself be on a roll. Flow until it stops.
Until the doubt creeps back in, the fear encloses you from all directions, and it seems impossible. Except this time it doesn’t because you have been here before and you know what to do.
Connect back to the vision – rest, don’t quit. Redirect. Evaluate. Remind yourself of the "what" and the "why". Rise above and see clearly.
Then go back to action. The "how".
That is where the flow is. Not in avoiding fear, but seeing it as a sign to go back up and recharge. Seeing it as an opportunity to dive in again from another angle. It was never about avoiding fear, but giving it a place in the process of growth.
Are you with me?
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