Believe in Your Vision

Believe in Your Vision

I remember when I took my Mum up to a propagation Nursery that was for sale on the Sunshine Coast Hinterlands. We went there with the possibility of buying an already established propagation business, if the price and location was suitable for our requirements. For far too many reasons the location wasn’t suitable for us, and I remember standing on a small rise on the property looking down over their beautifully established Business and I said to my Mum. I want to be as big as this propagation nursery one day. Know I said I want to be the biggest and best in Australia. I believed right there and then that I would have it one day – and I could picture what it looked like. She asked why I thought that and I couldn’t explain it, I just believed it. I believed I could do anything I wanted to do if I believed I could and if I was prepared to do what ever I had to, to do it.

The propagation nursery itself really wasn’t what that belief was about – it was about a vision that I believed I was going to become successful. The propagation just represented the culmination of that achievement. It is also following my heart and my love of gardening. I keep that vision with me when things go sideways, upside down or right side up. It helps me keep things in perspective when I am working towards a larger goal – even if I am not sure what that is at times, I just feel it.

I believe, innovation takes risks and it transitions to many different things over your lifetime. When you look at history, nothing stays stagnant. Things are always changing and developing whether it’s music, art, technology, business, etc. It never stays the same. It takes people to come along to push for transition to take things to the next step. I believe each person was put here for a purpose to make those changes and take those risks even if each person hasn’t identified what that purpose is yet. It’s important to understand what your purpose is and believe in yourself so that we all benefit. Many times we don’t even notice the changes until they have already occurred and we look back and can’t believe how much has changed in a short period of time.
Part of believing in yourself is allowing space to make transitions for another generation to come through, to keep evolving our own creativity. You can’t stay the same or stagnant, everything must grow and change. Sometimes things come to an end to push you to take the next right path – rather than looking at change or endings as a bad thing – instead look at it as your next thing you were meant to be or to do.

Unleashing your creativity without listening to other people’s judgement is really important in achieving your vision. If you believe in it, do it. When I was a young girl then young teenager I was fully into sport – high jumps, swimming and men’s basketball. I believed when I was high jumping that I could do this, and become successful at high jumping. I ended up representing the school in Canberra for high jumping. Swimming, I remember standing on the starting block, and I remember the adrenaline rush that I would have before hearing the starting gun go off. I truly believed that I was not only going to win my race but to be the best. I did go on to represent my school in swimming. Basketball – I truly believed I was going to play at professional level. I represented the district in men’s basketball and was asked to participate at state selections.
What happened before my success at these sports was I began to believe that if I didn’t do high jumping, I wouldn’t be able to high jump, if I didn’t do swimming, I wouldn’t be able to swim, and if I didn’t play basketball I wouldn’t be able to play basketball.

So what I did was I practiced and trained before and after school my feet were sore and full of blisters, my school work was a lot to be desired and was becoming neglected but I had my new visions to work on. Everything is achievable, it’s about going after it, having a vision, putting your mind into action and not feeling there is a right way or wrong way to do it. It’s all a journey.

Creativity doesn’t need to be taught – it’s from within and it resonates with the eye of the beholder. It’s what touches you and may not for someone else. All you can do is keep putting yourself out there and not let others keep you down because of their own insecurities. There is plenty of judgement from those around you – even if people don’t know you – it’s amazing how many people have opinions about you that don’t know you or your circumstances. I have encountered that plenty in my career. Not sure why people take up space in their heads passing judgement, but it’s typically out of their own insecurities of what they have done to limit themselves.
Living your life in the way that best fits you is all that matters and learn to shut out the rest of the noise as best you can.

In order to imagine new ideas you need to create space so you can explore what’s next to come. If there is no space to allow for new ideas, you won’t be able to do it. I find when I exercise, walk slow down, I can solve a problems that I couldn’t solve before. That is because there wasn’t space for it until I allowed for it. It’s also important to have the strength to let go of things that aren’t working. You try and try and then you realize you keep pushing against the same thing and are not solving the issue. In these times we need to have the ability to scrap an idea or concept and move on or decide to change how we go about accomplishing the same thing in a different way. That’s innovation – but it needs space to breathe and grow so we can learn from it.

There are certain things that take over me, my soul, where time flies by and I lose myself – family, swimming, fishing, gardening and listening to music to name a few. So when things gets tough, that’s why I don’t stop trying or throw in the towel because I put my whole self into what doesn’t feel like work, but what is innate in me. Rather than resisting what feels right for you, go toward it, rather than holding yourself back. Many times, I don’t have the line of sight of what that next goal to conquer is going to be – but I continue to wade through the darkness toward it until I find it.

Remembering to allow yourself space and grow with what you learn – which is mostly from what fails – will hopefully make each of us stronger and closer to achieving the vision we set out to conquer. If it wasn’t a journey, it wouldn’t feel so good when we have the wins. Believing in that feeling in your gut and shutting out the noise will help when things seem to collapse at the seams. When things go dark for me, I step back and try to understand what it is trying to tell me and why so many things are going wrong. There is usually a message in there if I make the space to listen to it so I can keep innovating and creating. Believe in yourself, your talents and block the noise.
Stay true to the vision you have for yourself so you can achieve all that you want.

Have a great day full of your own visions