Explore the difference between goals and visions

20 September 2020 | By Gwyn Williams

How do you make a difference between goals and visions? And how can turning from a goal oriented thinking to a more visionary mindset help us tap into our unique potential? Read more on the topic here!

Shifting from goal to vision

The airline pilot knows his duty is to get his plane full of passengers to the destination on time. If his time-measured task is not completed, it is deemed a failure. The athlete knows he won’t be picked in the team if he doesn’t get his track time under 12 seconds. The high school student needs to get her score in the top 1% of the nation to gain entrance into med school. Aahhh, the world of goals and striving.

The yoga teacher however, is encouraging us to step away from goal orientation in an effort to bring balance back into our lives.

This great paradox is worthy of honest inquiry. How much of your time is spent on the game of striving towards goals? And what happens when they aren’t reached? The world-wide pandemic of “I am not enough” being fed again and again.

What is suggested here is not to entirely give up the goals setting but, moreso, to step away from it at regular intervals. In its vacuum, you could possibly flex the other muscle of Visioning?

Goals are limiting – visions creates potential

Goals are realistic. They are also limiting, stressful, confined and mental. They can be consumed with your own or others’ expectations. They can be a headache.

Visions, on the other hand, are idealistic. They involve an unbound potential and are based on trust, a not knowing, being creative and intuitive and diving into what lights you up.

The strength of vision comes from believing in a life that is on your side. It is well known in neuro-psychology that mental states of goal setting utilise only 5-10% of the brain’s capacity. However when we begin to envision, imagine, sense and explore – welcoming our dreams and heart fuelled intentions into the conversation – another 90% of the brain starts to ignite.

Perhaps now is the time to flex the muscle of Vision?

What do you wish to be doing with your life in five years time?

See it, write it, feel it again and again and let life’s course take care of the rest.

Make this a regular practice, and … when life’s course starts to lead us … it is the call to listen, say YES and follow.  After all, it is a life current on your side.

With love,

Further reading

Yoga online – classes on vision and with Gwyn Williams

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In need of some energy? Enjoy this invigorating and playful sequence with Gwyn Williams.

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Grow with

A short philosophical talk on directing your focus and energy in life.

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Gwyn Williams

Gwyn Williams is a Movement based therapy teacher and the Founder of Zenthai shiatsu. More recently the Zenthai bodywork has evolved into a sister art form known as Zenthai flow. Zenthai flow is a rhythmic, fluid yoga asana and chi gung practice involving the 5 elements and has a solo and partner work components.

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