The mental world is the world of thoughts. Thoughts are not the same as visions. Visions belong to the structural world and consist out of a whole world of thoughts that belong together. When you have a vision, then you need to address your mental world, your thoughts to start realizing that vision.
What counts for the physical world, counts just as well for the world of thoughts, there are objects in the mental world that you can control and some that you cannot. In the picture above, you can see the same principle, the lighter parts are things that you cannot control as a human being, but you can control the darker parts.
Thoughts should be used to work out a vision or an idea, while most of us don’t use thoughts in such a way. Instead, thoughts are used to worry, to think repeatedly about the words and actions of others. It’s also a world that is highly influenced by the subconscious mind, generating thoughts that were put in there by others, such as media, education, friends and family.
We first learn to control our thoughts, which means learn to focus on them and then consciously choosing the ones we need to create a strategy. All other thoughts can be used to examine where they come from and what their effect is upon the body and the emotions.
Planning & intention – two parts of the mental world
There are two big components when you want to create a strategy to go from A to B. First of all, you want to figure out a plan and secondly, you want a plan that matches your intention. When you want to travel in an eco-friendly way, then your plan will look differently if you just want to reach your destination as soon as possible.
Each of these two components exists also out of two parts. One which can be controlled and the other which isn’t meant to be under human control. For planning involves dependency on the environment, which as we know already, isn’t under our control. We cannot foresee what the road will look like from A to B. Even in this highly informed and connected world, we still come across obstacles that are forcing us to change direction. Think about how Corona changed millions of plans, cancelled millions of existing events, causing us to go forth in other way.
Knowing that the road isn’t yours to decide, you can only depend on your skills (which you will increasingly learn and improve along the way) to make up a new plan. It therefore isn’t always necessary or even good to plan the whole road ahead, while the only thing you can be sure of is the next right step, taking the environment in consideration. It’s a process, a road that will invite you to become flexible and adaptable. Which will teach you to live in the moment, not in the past and not all too far in the future. Knowing where you want to be in the end is all you need to figure out the right next step in this direction. Everything else might be overkill and leading to a lot of frustration. Letting go of specific plans is something that doesn’t always come easy, especially not when a lot of effort, time and energy has already been spent on working out ‘The Perfect Plan’ to realize it.
The second part that makes up a strategy is the intention. When we have a strategy, we all have an idea of how the result should look like. And we think that the result is something we can control as human beings, but again, this isn’t so. The result is something which depends on so many (physical) factors, that it’s impossible to guarantee a perfect result. When an athlete wants to set a new world record, then circumstances must help. Getting sick just days before the event is already enough to influence the chances of achieving the wanted result.
What you can control, which is of direct influence on the result, is the intention that is behind the strategy. The approach of getting from A to B will be depending on what you want the road to be like. Are you the one who likes to go slow or to go fast? Why? Knowing your intention will help you to understand the result that you get. If you do something half-heartedly, then the quality of your result will be affected.
There are several intentions that can be behind one action or one word. Think deeply about your motivations to figure out a strategy to realize your idea. It will lead you onto an amazing path of self-discovery. It will automatically lead you, via obstacles and problems, to the environment that you need in order to get your perfect result, better than anything you could ever have imagined.
Letting go of the fact that you can control the road and the result while figuring out a strategy will give freedom to creativity. Learn to trust the fact that the way is being shown to you in the form of obstacles and problems that guide you. Allow to be led, you will improve your skills and attitude by creating the perfect environment to obtain the perfect result. Keep one eye on your intention and one eye to the next step to take in the right direction. Those are the things that you control, those are the choices that you create and make. Together with the circumstances you will follow your own unique path and have your authentic strategy to go from A to B.