Strap in for Part Three of the Wild Woman Spring Series: Envision Your Harvest
Part One: Learn From the Trees (April 22nd)
Part Two: Prepare Your Soil (April 29th)
Part Three: Envision Your Harvest (May 6th)
Part Four: Plant Your Seeds (May 13th)
Part Five: Allow Your Anger to Fuel Your Growth (May 20th)
Spring is the time of year to plant new seeds and begin new projects. And now that you’ve cleaned up your soil and prepared it for this year’s growing season, it’s time to drop some seeds into the ground. But how will a creative woman like you with so many interests know what to plant, and when?
Well, how does a gardener or farmer know what to plant? She doesn’t simply wander out to her field and start throwing random assortments of seeds everywhere, willy-nilly. She begins with a plan. She begins with the end in mind, by envisioning her harvest. What does she want her garden to look like at full maturity? Full of fruits? Vegetables? Flowers? Herbs? Some of each?
This is a mistake I’ve seen a lot of clients make when attempting to start a new phase in their lives. They get so desperate for change because what they’ve been doing for so long isn’t working, and is now to the point of causing them suffering, that they’ll try anything. But without a vision to guide them, it’s likely that they’ll haphazardly begin a new project, job, or relationship and end up in the same, frantic place.
When you begin with the end in mind, by planning what you want your harvest to look like at full maturity, you have a blueprint against which you can measure decisions.
“How far into the future should I be envisioning?” most clients ask at this point.
You decide on the timeline that makes most sense for you right now. Sometimes I set visions for around 6 months out, sometimes a year, sometimes more. It all depends on what’s going on in my life and how far down the road I feel I can genuinely see at a time.
For example, when Omar and I met and decided we wanted to eventually get married and have children, I knew there would be some changes to make to my business model. But when I tried to sit down and envision what Professional Wild Woman would look like with me as a new mom, I just couldn’t see it. It was too far away. So for the time being, I simply held the intention that I was headed in that direction.
Then, when we began trying to become pregnant and I was a little closer, a possible new structure for my business began to take vague shape in my mind. But without a due date, or even knowing whether our attempts would result in a viable pregnancy at all, I still couldn’t get myself to envision specifics. Then when we actually got pregnant and had a due date, all of a sudden it was much easier to envision the next year. “Ah! This is how I’ll finish out my group program and this is what I’ll do with my private practice and this is how many online courses I’d like to write before then and this is the support staff I’ll need to make it all happen” and on and on.
So if you find yourself trying to create a very long-term vision and struggling, you might not be close enough to it yet. Back away a bit until you feel you can actually see some possibilities nearer in the future. You are of course also welcome not to attach any timeline and allow things to unfold at their own pace, if that feels more right.
Use this VISIONING WORKSHEET to help you, and remember to check your certitudes at the door to make room for more expansive thinking. (Also, to give credit where credit is due, some of these great questions came from Thrive Academy, where I did my business training, and some of them came from my own, wild brain.)
Like this spring visioning stuff? Wanna do it in person? I'm excited to announce that registration for the one-day, Wild Woman Spring Retreat is now open! It's called "Enact Your Vision!" it will be held on June 4th at Land of the Medicine Buddha in Soquel, CA, and it is the only in-person offering I will give this year. Check out more here.
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Hello! I'm Melanie Munir, founder of Professional Wild Woman - a women's empowerment business dedicated to helping women who are tired of feeling either "too much" or "not enough" to connect to their inner wildness so they can create work that allows them the fullest expression of their unique voice. Welcome!