Doing: The Gap Between Vision & Fulfillment
The gap between a vision that inspires you, and you actually doing that thing, requires patience. Generating actions inside of this space also requires that you get passionate about the grinding, non-sexy work.
My early work with lululemon athletica exposed me to the joy of goal setting. And, for as much as I love the process, I can still remember a lingering doubt whispering, “Is this really going to work? Is this just feel-good fairy dust and flowery chicanery?”
Mindful Tip: The pitfall of goal setting is that we can talk about our goals so incessantly that we actually think we’re committing action. Only use the process of goal setting to provoke you and point you toward measurable action.
During my goal-setting visualization I’d often imagine my wife and myself living through a yoga-inspired business - packing our suit cases, getting onto flights, and leading trainings across the world. It has taken three years of grinding and growing through uncertainty for us to manifest Mind Tribes.
Three years is a blink in entrepreneurial terms, and we still have a long way to go. Actually, Cristina and I have committed to building and breaking down our strategy to remain innovative, relevant and committed to growth.
Gut Check: If you’ve been setting goals without taking ANY action focused on your long-game, you’re defrauding yourself and your future. Too often we give reasons and excuse for why we’re not causing results and making shit happen.
When we give reasons and excuses we begin living life as a “gunna”. “I’m gunna do this. I’m gunna do that.” Blah. Blah. Blah.
Mindful Tip: Instead of saying living life as a “gunna”, stop telling the world what you’re going to do and actually DO first. My advice is to find one trusted coach or confidant, share your milestones, and request that s/he keep you accountable. Other than that…close your mouth, put your head down, and fall in love with the space between your vision and it being fulfilled.
So, what does DOING look like? Well, it certainly doesn’t mean reading any more of this piece. Here’s what I want you to do:
- Write a list of 20 Bold Requests that straight up scare the shit out of you.
- Execute that list EVERY DAY for the next 5 days.
- When you’re complete with the first list, create another one.
This approach isn’t a panacea, and you’ll have to navigate your relationships with intentionality and tact, but it’ll start to give you rich feedback to work with.
Stop talking, make your list, start doing.
Ready. Set. DO.