No One Can Walk Confidently into the Future without Vision
Once you are clear on what you want to achieve and why it is important to you, use this information to create a crystal clear vision for the future. Your vision is the picture of possibility, which you write down and use to serve you as your direction indicator into the future. It is the foundation for creating exactly the future you have envisioned and serves as your pointer towards possibility. It gives you direction and purpose and serves as the direction you must travel, to invite meaning and fulfilment into your experience.
Just imagine if you got on board a plane and the Captain’s voice came over the intercom.
“Good morning, this is your Captain speaking, welcome aboard flight 231 or is it 321 or maybe 123, I’m not really sure. Well we will take of in a little later, not sure when, but when we do, we will fly a little East for a while, maybe a little West and probably finish of going North, oh and by the way, I have no idea how much fuel we have on board, but that doesn’t matter, because I have no idea where we are going anyway. I also don’t care what the weather will do today and I have no idea how long the flight will last, as I have absolutely no idea where we are going”.
I don’t know about you, but I am getting off that plane as quickly as possible. I would not risk my safety, by flying with someone, who has no idea where they are going. Would you?
If you do not have a written down vision and a strategic plan, you have a captain just like the one I described above in charge of your life right now. It is time to stop acting like that really scary pilot and to stop allowing your future success to depend on the whims of the universe.
Until you create a crystal clear picture of what you want in your future and then commit this to writing. Your life and future is like a paper cup blowing in the wind, in a car park. The cup just blows from side to side, with no control at all. Is that how you want your life to continue to unfold or are you going to finally wrestle back control and give yourself the clarity you need to succeed?
The story of Florence Chadwick, illustrates the importance of vision and what the lack of vision may cost you:
Florence Chadwick was the first woman to swim the English Channel in both directions. She decided next to swim the Catalina Channel, a 21-mile stretch of ocean between Catalina Island and the coast of California. She attempted this swim for the first time on July 4, 1952.
There were millions of people watching her attempt on national TV. Because the fog was so dense and she was unable to see the shore, her stamina waned and she asked to be pulled out of the frigid water, in spite of her mother’s and her trainer’s encouragement.
On reflection, she discovered that she was less than a mile from the shore when she gave up. She reported later, “Look, I’m not excusing myself, but if I could have seen land, I might have made it.” She made the swim again two months later, becoming the first woman to swim the Catalina Channel. This story epitomizes the need for vision. Without a crystal clear picture of where you are going, you will not have what it takes to succeed. You too will give up at the first obstacle.
Turning this picture of Possibility into a Vision for the Future
Your vision of what is possible can never be a loosely held picture of what may be possible or could be. It must be a crystal clear vivid image of your future reality and an appeal to your inner self to become all you can be.
“The most pathetic person in the world is someone who has sight,
but has no vision.”
Vision offers you direction and gives you something concrete to focus on achieving. This allows you to infuse your mind with clarity about what you really want to achieve in the future. This clarity, is the very fuel and the catalyst, which will fill you with passion, drive and determination every day, inspiring you to take those, sometimes difficult actions, you need to take to achieve your dreams. Don’t wait a second longer, invest the time today to clarify your vision and the pathway to the success you desire will almost as if by magic appear to guide you towards the meaning and fulfilment you desire.