When I was first contemplating the homeschool option over 6 years ago, I attended a conference to gain information, in order to make a well-educated decision. Any time we have a big decision to make, it is always best to gather as much information from every angle possible, in order to then evaluate the options. At the homeschool conference, one of the speakers explained that the best way to begin every school year, was to “start with the end in mind.”
How often do we set out to accomplish a task, looking only at the circumstances of today’s surroundings? Without a clear picture of where we are headed, it is almost impossible to prioritize the needs for today. In the example of homeschooling, I was guided to begin the year’s focus with what I wanted my child to have learned by the end of the year. Then, and only then, would I be able to create a list of the things that would need to be covered throughout the year, and with that list as my starting point, able to break down into monthly goals, weekly focus points, and daily must-do’s.
It is in this very way that we can take on most any large, seemingly overwhelming goal. Begin with the end in mind. Allow your imagination to wander. If you were not held back by any limitations, what would your ideal life look like? Break away from the barriers, barriers which are usually in the form of personal thoughts, that will hold you back from pursuing the goals you wish you could, “if only.”
I will elaborate on this a bit more in the next post. First, a visual exercise that you can do, to get those creative juices flowing today. Sometimes our adult lifestyles tend to conform us into boxes of structure and rigidity, and breaking free from those boxes requires unlearning what caused us to be compressed into them, to begin with. This simple mental exercise recently helped me to just allow myself the freedom to be creative. When our minds are relaxed and free to create… seeing the end result of our current goals can be accomplished with better clarity.
Walking away from where you are, and with each step away, you walk into increasingly white surroundings.
Eventually you are surrounded by nothing except white. A completely blank slate. Where you are standing, what is behind you, the entire atmosphere… all white. All blank. All peace. All able to create into anything you want it to become.
There are no limits. There is nothing that you are responsible for.
It is simply a clean slate for your creations.
You notice a table. A tall, round, glass table. On the table, is a set of paint colors and a paintbrush.
Walk over to the table.
Pick up the paintbrush.
Choose a color.
Which color do you choose?
Now, you get to paint…
Pay attention to what it is you are creating. How big are the strokes of the brush? Are they heavy strokes? Are they round strokes? Are you blending colors?
You can make whatever you want. There is no judgement here. There is no one to evaluate what you have done. Although, I believe, that the work you create, even if only in your imagination, is so beautiful that the world should see exactly what it is that you have to offer.