Jonathan Swift said, “Vision is the art of seeing the invisible.” John Scully, Former CEO of Pepsi and Apple said, “The future belongs to those who see possibilities before they exist.” Without vision there is no future, no chance of true progress toward personal or societal prosperity and abundance. The Old Testament speaks to this in the book of Proverbs, where it says, “Where there is no vision the people perish.” (Proverbs 29:18)
The second step in this five step series is creating a vision for your life, although, in actual practice, the five steps don’t necessarily fall in any particular order but rather work congruently in our daily life.
Stop for just a moment, close your eyes and say to yourself . . .
“If there were absolutely no
perceived obstacles in my path
(money, time, health, family,
education . . .), I would . . . “
In his heroic book, Seven Pillars of Wisdom, T.E. Lawrence (the legendary Lawrence of Arabia) wrote “All men dream: but not equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds wake in the day to find that it was vanity: but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act their dream with open eyes to make it possible.”
The details about how that vision will come
into your reality are not important.
Author/teacher Mike Dooley, whose signature quote is “Thoughts become things” calls these details “the cursed hows”.
Not that the steps you’ll take to turn your dream or vision into reality are not important (we’ll discuss that in a later post), but too often we get so caught up in goal setting and tracking and measuring our incremental successes, that we get in our own way and lose track of our ultimate goal or vision.
Ray Kroc had nothing but a single hamburger stand he purchased in California, but because of his vision, it has become the international fast food empire known as McDonald’s. Walt Disney had a vision of building a family oriented amusement park where dreams could come true, even if for a little while. His Disneyland and Disney World parks are now among the most popular tourist destinations in the world.
Abraham Lincoln once said, “Determine that the thing can and shall be done and then we shall find the way.” In other words, the vision comes first, not out of a sense of dissatisfaction of what currently is or where we are in life, but out of a sense of gratitude for what we already have and for our God-given abilities to do anything we set our minds to do, and then we go opening ourselves to how it will be accomplished.
There are all kinds of tools on the market for helping you create your vision — vision board kits, mind movies, and so on. The method you use is not important. It may only exist as a constant thought in your mind. The important thing is that you do the dreaming and create the vision of how you see your life unfolding in the most positive way imaginable. Also vitally important is how and what you feel when you are envisioning your ideal life.
What is YOUR dream . . . your vision?
Close your eyes right now and dream. Forget the cursed hows for now . . . just dream.
Here’s to living a life of gratitude and vision!
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