We live in unique times. We live in a time where uncertainty brushes everyone of us. We live in a time when many are worrying about tomorrow like we can shift the dunes of time to our favor.
If we are living a life of hope then we know that whatever tomorrow brings something good can come out of it. Prepare to live a life of hope by creating a vision of the future that is strong, vibrant and present. In this vision of the future what part do you play? What do you think the outcome could be if you put your energy and talents together and seek the dream?
“Look. This is your world! You can’t not look. There is no other world. This is your world; it is your feast. You inherited this; you inherited these eyeballs; you inherited the world of color. Look at the greatness of the whole thing. Look! Don’t hesitate – look! Open your eyes, don’t blink, and look, look – look further.” Chogyam Trungpa
How do you see the world? What part do you want to play?
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“The life which is unexamined is not worth living” Socrates
“A goal is the ongoing pursuit of a worthy objective until accomplished” Canfield, Hansen, Hewitt
Examine your life. Are you setting goals that are big enough to make a difference in your life?
Do you have an exciting vision for your future? When do you work on the vision? Making the vision come true is one goal you can work on.
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Continuing with the theme of leadership, one of the tasks of a leader is to create a compelling story for the future, a vision of what can be.
“Vision is the art of seeing what is invisible to others.” Jonathan Swift
“A vision is not just a picture of what could be; it is an appeal to our better selves, a call to become something more.” Rosabeth Moss Kanter
“People are more inclined to be drawn in if their leader has a compelling vision. Great leaders help people get in touch with their own aspirations and then will help them forge those aspirations into a personal vision.” John Kotter
John Kotter and Rosabeth Moss Kanter are respected teachers of leadership. Jonathan Swift lived between 1667 and 1745 and was the author of Gulliver’s Travels. A leader can paint a picture of the future that is compelling and vibrant. A coach on the other hand is helping the client become their own self and one of the tasks for the client would be to create a compelling vision.
“Your vision of where or who you want to be is the greatest asset you have” Paul Arden
What is your vision?
Have you walked on a sandy beach and left your footprints in the sand. Have you noticed that when you stop and look back at those footprints they have been washed away by the incoming tide? The wave gently erases our past as you walk on the beach. Your footprints only last for a short while.
Life is much like your footprints. While those footprints may be visible for a short time eventually they are washed away. It is only where you stand that you let your presence be known. When you step away the footprints will be filled in by the rushing water.
You need to be present today where you are and you need to make a difference today. Life isn’t about what you have done it is about what you are doing.
When you watch the tide come in and wash your footprints away do you lament the fact that your presence has been washed out to the sea? Or do you look forward to the next step you will make. You will make a new impression on the sand and for a moment that will be your signature.
“One does not discover new lands without consenting to lose sight of the shore for a very long time.” – Andre Gide
And one does not discover their self without consenting to look beyond the present.
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A vision without a strategy is a hallucination.
Does your vision have a realistic goal behind it? Is that goal written down? What is it?
“Hope is not the closing of your eyes
to the difficulty, the risk,
or the failure.
It is a trust that -
if I fail now -
I shall not fail forever;
and if I am hurt,
I shall be healed.
It is a trust that
life is good,
love is powerful,
and the future is full of promise.”
It is our eyes that need to be opened. It is our eyes that need to see clearly.
What do you see before you? Do you see challenges that can be overcome?
Imagine climbing a mountain and turning back before your first footprint hits the trail because there was a thought that it was too difficult, too challenging or too risky. Take the first step. Take the second step after each step evaluate and consider – can another step be taken? Take it one step at a time.
It is easy to be brave from a safe distance.
“As long as we are persistent in our pursuit of our deepest destiny, we will continue to grow. We cannot choose the day or time when we will fully bloom. It happens in its own time.” — Denis Waitley
“To make a man happy, fill his hands with work, his heart with affection, his mind with purpose, his memory with useful knowledge, his future with hope, and his stomach with food.” — Frederick E. Crane
On February 28, 1803, President Thomas Jefferson received the permission to send Lewis and Clark on a mission of discovery. Their goal was to explore uncharted territories, to learn about the West and to find the passage to the Northwest. Beyond the Mississippi was a mystery, it was the unknown land, it was where Indians lived and perhaps the Wooly Mammoth.
Lewis and Clark had to have great courage to face the obstacles that would challenge their expedition.
Our lives are like that Lewis and Clark expedition. We want to discover, we want to experience, and we want to live fully. Imagine the courage it took to face each day not knowing what you would see around the next bend in the Missouri River. Would you face sickness, weather, or the environment as each day progressed. Lewis and Clark experienced the wild; they lived in it and were challenged by it.
What are the necessary attributes to explore?
Destiny – Destination
Openness to change
Are these the same attributes we need in the world we live in today? What makes those attributes important? How do those attributes inform you? How do you define those attributes? What other attributes does one need to perform in today’s world?
To realize new personal heights implies focus, vision, values and awareness are being refined on a daily basis. Having a laser like focus on your goals and where you plan on being in a few months to a year. A vision that is compelling and just about out of reach can be a source of inspiration. Clear values that are central and core to who you are with alignment to the vision will carry you through moments of discomfort. Awareness of who you are and where you want to be will help keep the momentum of change moving in a positive direction.
Questions to answer:
Who am I?
What do I want to become?
What costs are you willing to bear to become who you want to be?
What forces are holding you back from making significant change?
An exercise for you to consider:
You are writing the last chapter of your life’s story. You are reflecting back on the years past and reviewing those years objectively, what will you write about? What would you have liked to change? What would you have liked to do more of? How would you define your life? What memories would you like your children to have of you?