Choosing the right lens to visualize the future
June 5, 2019
"The only thing worse than being blind is having sight but no vision"
- Helen Keller -
How many people would approach a crosswalk, press a button, and proceed on their journey once the signal indicates it's safe to do so? Most of us, right? Often times in life we take this same approach, a predetermined path that keeps us within our protected zones but doesn't inspire us to think beyond our purpose. If we are to move out of this state and are truly going to pursue our purpose, we must first start with a vision of where we are trying to go. Some of us have identified our purpose and yet still are waiting for the signal to proceed. Why is this? Could it be we lack the confidence of chartering in a foreign territory that leaves us feeling vulnerable and exposed? Whatever state you currently find yourself in, if we are going to pursue our dreams we must wake up and prescribe our daily vitamins of P, M,&V (Purpose, Motivation & Vision). You must not be afraid of your moment and the idea of being an outlier, get comfortable with being uncomfortable. Easier said than done, right? Ok, let's start on this journey and life as an outlier seeking to create our own path; where do we start? Let's start with the unique talent you possess which comes effortlessly in comparison to others but yet creates excitement, passion, and a place of comfort where we all aspire to be. This is the effects of just vitamin P&M together, but we still lack one key ingredient which creates a lasting effect on our journey. Yup, you guessed it good ole vitamin V. Why is vision such an important ingredient in success? Imagine yourself riding down that "old town road" with blindfolds on attempting to navigate through potential dangers safely. Could you do it? Initially, a few weeks, a few months, or maybe even a few years but at some point, our hazardous decision making catches up to us. What must we do to become visionaries? A great friend of mine Clark Simon (Podcast: SimonSays) once introduced me to a model called the cycle of change. The model focuses on four phases: Dreaming, Planning, Execution, and Innovation all of which is are critical steps in forming our vision.