When working with clients on visioning, I share a few tips to help make the undertaking a bit less daunting. First, I liken this task to looking through a telescope. A telescope will allow you to see a broad expanse, with great clarity, that is some distance away. This is what you want to focus on when doing visioning work. When you think about a life well-lived, what images come to your mind? What makes you smile? What gets you excited about the possibility of it happening?

A good vision is compelling. It inspires you to want to put in the effort to make it happen. It also keeps you motivated when things get hard.

Don’t get hung up on how during the visioning exercise. In other words, if you already know all of the steps to get you there, you likely have a plan, not a vision. A vision is big enough, far enough away, bold enough, that you cannot fathom how you would make it come to be.

When John F. Kennedy made the proclamation that we would put a man on the moon by the end of the decade, he did not know how it would be accomplished. What he did know is that he wanted to focus energy and attention on making that vision a reality.

Once you’ve got that clear, captivating image in your mind’s eye, this is when you can swap the telescope for a microscope. This is where you can look at your current reality and begin to identify the small shifts that you can make that will see you moving toward that dream. This is not about making big, radical changes to your life. Instead, it is about creating micro-experiments, executing them, learning from them, and adapting before embarking on the next micro-experiment. It is about revising current behaviors and/or incorporating new practices in such a way that you are able to build momentum.

As you look through the telescope, what is your beautiful, bright dream for yourself?