In my book Please Change Your Mind, I explain that we all see the world through a lens and on that lens we place laws (rules, beliefs, principles, etc) that represent all the things that we hold to be true. No laws go on your lens without your permission. As the world occurs for you at 100 mph every day, you filter everything through these laws on your lens. In other words, the world begins to occur for you according to the laws on your lens. If you have a law on your lens that says, “All teenagers are bad drivers,” then that is the way you will tend to see all teenage drivers – as bad.
The same is true of your vision of the future. Your vision of your future, for yourself or your business, will become a law on your lens. Everything will begin to occur for you as achieving your vision. That is why you always see Olympic athletes (coming up on July 27th) close their eyes and visualize their performance before they take action. Vision is a powerful thing. In his book The Path of Least Resistance, Robert Fritz suggests that the structural tension created between your current reality and your vision of the future creates a path of least resistance to achieving the vision. Things that advance you toward your vision you do immediately. Things that do not advance you toward your vision are quickly discarded.
It has been said that, “If you don’t know where you’re going, any road will get you there.” This is true. It is essential to have a positive vision of the future that you are trying to create – whether for your life or for your business. Vision is what gives you direction. Nothing else can do that. Values are what determine the rightness of your vision, but only vision can give you direction. I do a lot of coaching for people, for their personal lives and for their businesses (and occasionally for both), and the most successful people always have a very specific positive vision of their future. Unfortunately, most people get up every day with no more intention or vision than to just repeat yesterday.
Great visions always precede great success. JFK had a vision to put a man on the moon before 1970; Billy Payne had a vision to bring the Olympics to Atlanta; MLK had a vision of racial equality; and list goes on and on. And, it applies to everyone at every level. Little leaguers have a vision of playing in the majors; high school graduates have a vision of becoming a doctor or a lawyer; young people have visions of marriage and families; and workers have a vision of one day retiring. Everybody needs a vision.
Without a vision, there can be no plan to get anywhere. However, once you have a vision, you can develop a plan to get there!
What is your vision for your life? What is your vision for your business? Write and tell me.
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