For many years I have used the metaphor of travelling on a bus as a good way to establish a vision it looks like this:
You wouldn’t start driving your bus unless you knew where you are heading would you? The destination lets everyone know what’s happening, what is expected of them whilst on the bus. How far the destination is, when we are expected to arrive. Who will be the driver? Who is paying and what you will get paid for, etc. All of this naturally comes from knowing what the destination is.
The Wrong Bus
Did you ever have the experience of being on the wrong bus? Everything in your system, on a below conscious level, knows long before you consciously get it. Perhaps, there is an uneasy feeling that you can’t quite explain, or you feel nervous, anxious or emotional for no apparent reason? Well that could be because your brain is stressing you, as your future is unclear.
Your Brain and a Clear Vision
Evian Gordon, a neuroscientist, talks about “threat response” stating “the fundamental organising principal of the brain” is to “minimise danger, maximise reward”. Therefore, if Gordon is to be believed the person who get’s on the bus and knows the destination, the rules of engagement, etc, then, there brain will be more receptive, productive and creative. Sadly if you are unsure where you fit and or if indeed you do fit? Your brain will be running the “threat response” as you are uncertain about the ‘unknown’ therefore your brain must run extra resources, neural energy, in order to keep you safe. The result:
- Lower memory capacity
- Poor Performance
- Detached, day dreaming
- Psychophysiological illness
When the boat comes in
I mentioned Angela’s big “but” earlier and here it is “the problem with the bus metaphor is, you can end up with passengers!” In that one line Angela instantly transformed my future presentations. There is no room for a passenger on a rowing boat, as everybody needs to row. This made perfect sense to me and the rest of the group and for those of us who are old enough and Northumbrian “thou shall have a fishy, on a little dishy…when the boat comes in” or to put it another way, by all of us rowing and supporting each other to the destination, the effort will be worthwhile and not resting on the shoulders of a few.
If you are suffering with a psychological or physiological problem it could be that you have lost your direction or sense of purpose the team at the Northern Integrative Health Practice (NIHP) can get you back on board and rowing your boat. Dare to have big dreams and go for them.