Vision is non-negotiable for anyone who wants to succeed. It’s the blueprint on the inside of a person before he ever sees the plan on the outside
Vision is the World’s most desperate need. How did I come to this conclusion? Take a look around you. It’s not so hard to figure out. The vast majority of people around us are driven by survival instinct. Only a microscopic few are vision driven. To be driven by survival instinct is to be driven by our basic human needs. It’s a struggle for daily survival and acceptance.
It’s a reactive way to respond to life’s challenges. Since it keeps one trapped in the ocean of inadequacies and frustrations. At the end, it amounts to merely existing instead of meaningful living.
Conversely, to be driven by vision is the highest sense of purposeful living. It’s a superior way to live because it doesn’t put you on the receiving end. Rather, it’s both a proactive and creative way to solve life’s puzzles. The visionary living is living life by design (a plan, blueprint) and not to chance (luck). Life is best lived with a vision. Without a vision, you’re sunk!
What is vision?
- Vision is a Mental Picture ( an Inner Image)
A mental picture is an image deeply engraved in your mind. It’s a picture held in your imagination of what you would like to be or achieve. Vision is conceived in the mind and expressed in our lives. Without the mind there is no vision; without vision, there is no future. Why? Internal Picture, External Future; First Within, then Without. Winston Churchill laid credence to this fact by stating that, “The empires of the future are the empires of the mind.”
The pictures in our mind create our realities (future experiences) that’s why we must make a quality investment in our minds and guard it jealously.
- Vision is the Ability to See The Invisible
Vision is the art of seeing what is invisible to others.
I remember the story of Michelangelo the renowned sculptor, painter, poet, and architect. He was browsing about in a marble shop one day. His attention was drawn to one particular piece. He walked around and around it, pondering its beauty. After a time, he told the shopkeeper that he wished to purchase it. The shopkeeper, evidently an honest soul, agreed that though it was indeed a fine piece of stone, it had a major flaw. “I know,” said his famous customer, “I want it anyway. I SEE an angel in there and I must set it free.”
Michelangelo’s exquisite work of David was the angel he set free from the flawed marble. This story clearly illustrates that “eyes that LOOK are many, but eyes that SEE are few.”
Seeing is different from merely looking. We look with our eyes, but we see without heart. Kholoud Yasser says it more accurately, “Your heart is able to see things that your eyes aren’t able to.”
Why? Because at the moment of vision, the optical eyes see nothing.
- Vision is an Elevated Perception
Vision is seeing from the mountain top. The mountain top view is very distinct. Because at the mountain top the whole world seems so small. Have you been airborne before? Probably 30,000 feet above sea level. You can see mountains, cities, corn fields, highways, and even some larger buildings. With viewing glasses, you can probably see people walking.
In a nutshell, the view from the air puts the landscape in perspective. In other words, it’s a holistic point of view. Without vision, we see and live life from the valley. The valley point of view is not only narrow but also very deceptive because it sees thing with the wrong lenses and at the same time gives us the impression that we see correctly
The big question is “where do I stand?”
The truth is that what we see is totally depended on our positioning (elevated or depressive).The object doesn’t change but how we see it matters. For instance, someone can see a pile of stones as either an obstacle or a stepping stone. It all depends on his perception. I remember the words of Konrad Adenauer, “We all live under the same sky, but we don’t all have the same horizon.”
- Vision is True Wealth
I once read a quote from a church magazine which read: “The poorest man in all the world is not the one without a cent, but the one without a vision. In other words, the poorest people in the world are not those with the least money but those who have the least reason for living. Vision is a starting point of wealth. It takes vision to create wealth. It also takes vision to sustain wealth.
Someone fondly said, if all the wealth in the world was equally redistributed to every individual in the world. Over time the wealth would find its way back to the original owners. Lack of Vision is extreme poverty. Most of the poverty in the third world (developing) countries are the harsh realities of the absence of visionary leaders. Pro-Vision in life is always connected to vision. Provision is one of the ripple effects of vision because vision attracts provision.
- Vision is Real Sight
Blindness is not the absence of physical sight but the absence of Vision. No one else captures the humongous distinction between optical sight and vision than Hellen Adams Keller. She tactfully averred that ‘the most pathetic person in the world is someone who has sight but no vision.” One time she was asked, “What could be worse than being born without any sight?”
Her answer was a classic. She said, “The only thing worse than being blind is having sight and no vision.” ― Helen Keller
Both are my favorite quotes by Helen Adams Keller. A woman who was blind and deaf all of her life. I think she has a right to say something about vision.
She found herself in a precarious and pitiable condition. We could easily have excused her if she had failed. Her condition appeared to be hopeless. Yet she turned it on its head and decided to live by vision instead of making excuses. She set her face like a flint and triumphed in spite of the odds. She learned to harness the power of vision. Without a shadow of a doubt, we can infer accurately that vision permanently transformed the life of Hellen Adams Keller for all time.
Let’s do a quick evaluation of her life:
Origin: Hellen Adams Keller was born on June 27th, 1880 Tuscumbia, Alabama, U.S. Died on June 1, 1968 (aged 87)
Major milestone: The first deaf-blind person to earn a Bachelor of Arts degree.
Occupation: Author, Political activists, Lecturer.
Anniversary: June 27th is Hellen Keller Day
Nothing can stop a person with a Vision.
Sometimes physical sight could be a distraction~ CobbamsAsuquo (culled from”Gift of Blindness”)