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Without Vision People Perish

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That is a well-known quote from the Bible and one I am contemplating today. By the time you are reading this with your eyes, I will have a knife in my eyes. Today I am having eye surgery. Ouch!

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However, there is something even more important than eyesight and that is vision—the ability to see what is invisible to others and might not yet even exist.

“The most pathetic person in the world is someone who has sight,
but has no vision.”—Helen Keller

There is a famous story about a block of marble back in the 1400s. This block of marble was deemed flawed, useless and was cast aside. Every sculptor who looked at it saw it too long and narrow to be valuable for sculpture. It lay there worthless for 40 years. In 1501, a 26-year-old young man happened by this block of marble. He saw something very different. He had a greater vision for this block of marble. Inside this formless mass of stone this young sculptor saw the heroic beauty, grace and wonder of a man who would become known as David. Young Michelangelo famously said, “I already saw David inside, I had only to release him by chipping away at the marble that trapped him in.

It is said we are not limited by our abilities or by our current circumstances. We are only limited by our vision of what can be. 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.

One person sees a rock pile another sees a great cathedral.
The difference? Vision.

We are all very visual beings. Our eyes take in four million bits of information every second. Our imagination processes it and forms a three dimensional, four-color picture and puts that picture into creative motion. We all think in pictures. If I said, “big black dog”, what comes to mind? A picture of a big black dog, right? Every one of us has a picture of ourselves in our mind. We have a picture of our family, our business, our abilities and our future.

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Here is the scary part—you will never rise above the image you have in your mind in any area of your life.

You will live up to your vision of yourself—literally. How we see ourselves is what we become. Your marriage, your career, your bank account, your health or your children will only be as grand as your vision for it. You and your future are only limited only by your ability to be a visionary. The first step toward creating an improved future is developing the ability to envision it.

I can predict your future. I’m no prophet or fortune teller, but if you tell me your vision for your future I can tell you exactly how your future will unfold for you—exactly as you see it.

You can change your future by simply changing your vision for it.

During the month of December I am going to do an exclusive video series here on this blog to help you do just this—paint a better vision for your future. No matter your past, you have a spotless future. You have a completely blank canvas in which to paint your 2011. I will help you choose the brushes, paint colors and help you select the image of your future you’d like to paint… and I will teach you how to paint a grand picture—for your year in 2011… and beyond! Stay tuned for that.

Okay, wish me luck as I (voluntarily!) do the one thing taught to us not to do since we were knee high to a grasshopper—“don’t stick sharp objects into your eye.”

In the meantime, get the discussion started: When have you had a vision for something that others didn’t see, but you made it so? What do you do to make your vision clearer, more vivid and tangible? How do you help others see what they cannot yet see?

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129 Responses to “Without Vision People Perish”

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  5. Hi Darren,

    Always a student… I am revisiting different approaches to vision.

    About every quarter or so, I like to go through my coaching process and add in best practices, and take out what doesn’t work.

  6. Hello, Christina!

    You are correct, I am originally from Romania (but have been living in the US for many many years) and am very much interested in personal growth & development. I look forward to connecting with you so just contact me at gccristea@hotmail.com.

    Have a lovely day!

  7. hello cristina
    I just wanted to say Hi and ask if your name is originally romanian as it sounds so….if it is,I d be happy to have a chat with you as Darren advised me to network with like minded people….so if you are here you must be like minded and we have same origins then more common ground for us.

    have a good day and let me know if you so wish.

    thanks
    Christina

  8. thank you for your advice……I m aware of that but like where do I find them?I just bought yr program on the best year so please God it ll make a huge difference in my life…….have a happy new year Darren!Any plans to come over to Ireland this year 2011?I would be happy to meet you!

  9. Chris, my best advice is to network with like minds, doesn’t even have to be someone in your direct field. You can find lots of like minds on this blog, at success seminars and other places ambitious achievers frequent.

  10. Best wishes with your surgery please tell me how you recover from it as I m going to have mine soon too!!!!!

    Love your support!I do have one question for you:
    I am looking for a mentor,someone to teach me /guide me/encourage me and motivate me-I love Jim Rohn (he s alive for me) ,Bob Proctor,Cynthia Kersey,yourself …….but I m living in Ireland can you suggest how would I be able to find a great mentor,teacher for myself and my partner-books are great but I need someone alive!!!!!To be there for me!I am really getting annoyed and need help abut this…..I m soooo hungry for a mentor,cant take it anymore as I start worrying about my kids education too,in the field of personal development!

    Thank you soooo much!

    I do need your help please save me from ‘doing the same things again and again’ I want to GROW personally and financially!

  11. Folks,

    It is always bettet to move from the seen to the unseen. As physical sight is important to the body, so is vision, the third eye; the ability to create the unseen and work to its fruition is very important. A herd of sheep led by a lion will easily vanquish a group of lions led by a sheep. LEADERSHIP MATTERS.

  12. Sometimes people interchange the word vision and eyesight. It’s clear that vision is much more powerful than what you see through your eyes. All the objects that you physically see in front of you were once invisible or naked to the human eye. However, they were also a clear ‘vision’ in someone’s mind. Don’t be afraid to carve out time to create a ‘vision’ for your future and then start working on it. What’s impossible to others, is possible for someone else. No obstacle is to difficult to overcome.

    Right now I’m developing a vision of the home I will attain and it’s being accomplished by a video clip. I watch it every morning and every evening. Between those two time frames, I’m listening to my intuition to take the necessary action steps to bring me closer to that vision.

  13. My turn: wow Kath! Thank you for such a warm reply. I didn’t think I was doing anything great here when encouraging others. I was amazed and inspired by some of the stories I read here. Barry, who just spit cancer in the face and went on to build a better health than he had before he was diagnosed; That’s some real encouragement. Wish I knew this story 10 years ago when my father was battling cancer. We didn’t know any stories like this one. He did make it on my mother’s sheer will power and determination to not let him go. That was encouraging.

    I try to do more and actually do offer help (I am a bit of an altruist) to people I feel may need it. Either, I don’t extend helping hand the right way or something I just don’t understand, but I never had anyone take me up on my offer.
    Interestingly, when I asked Todd Smith to help me by reviewing my preliminary plan for one of my ideas, he gracefully agreed and told me that although thousands of people follow his blog and, I assume respect his opinion, I was the first one to ask for help 10+ months after the blog was launched.

    About visualizing: I did repeat the 3 second mind movie about 2 dozen times today, so I don’t “lose” it. I believe that I can capitalize on that and may be produce another one. I have goals, they are written out, they are S.M.A.R.T., they have a whole online system I spent many months building to suit everything I learned about goal setting, tracking, accomplishment. All of my goals are well-defined, I just can’t visualize the result, so the process becomes fun only when I hit a milestone or suddenly realize that I got considerably better at something. However, watching my first mini mind movie was an awesomely pleasant experience. I could almost touch that future :)

    Thanks again

  14. Wow Sasha! That is terrific! Congratulations on a VERY quick action step!

    I was reading some of your posts above, about how you have had difficulties forming a “picture” to visualize, so this is just great to hear!

    And you know what? Short little “movies” are really good… Because the “details” are easy to remember and repeat. I would not be at all surprised to hear that find your “movies” lengthening as your vision grows.

    Repeat them over and over and over… You’ll begin to “feel” like they are real. And that, my friend, is when wonderful things happen! All of a sudden, you might find yourself inspired towards a new action toward your goal or whatever you are envisioning – because now it’s “real” to you – you have something tangible to work towards.

    At least that has been my experience, and what I share with my readers. I’m always interested to hear how people progress with their success exercises, so please don’t hesitate to let me know!

    I applaud your encouragement to so many here on Darren’s site – you are a great member of this community!

    :) Kath

  15. Thanks Kathy. #3 made me produce a a “mind movie.” It’s about 3 seconds, but also 3 seconds longer than usual. I need to work on my visual imagination more. I’ve analyzed why I can’t produce visions, but can produce processes. It appears that through having some major set backs early in life I chose not to dream vividly any more. So, now I just chart paths to what I want to achieve, but do not visualize it.

    Your idea of “mind movies” helped me move past the mental block, even if it was just for few seconds. Thanks again.

    Cheers on your accomplishments and success!

  16. Excellent. My wife and I are taking a R&R that week, a bit longer than usual to accommodate the year review and 2011 goal-setting; thanks Darren. I guess we’ll be bringing a laptop with us to tune in :)

  17. Hi Darren,
    First, as all the others have said, hopefully you had a complete recovery from your eye surgery.
    Now…
    Your amazing blog (and SUCCESS Magazine and SUCCESS Media) are part of the reason that I DO have vision. Wow… Talk about keeping the motivation and inspiration flowing! I get ideas for my own newsletter all the time from interaction like this.

    Ok, you asked:
    1) “When have you had a vision for something that others didn’t see, but you made it so?”

    Answer: Darren, I almost cannot count the many times! I ran a marathon (actually 2 1/2) when my own mother kept saying how “unladylike” it was to “sweat like that…” :) (Of course she was ultimately quite proud when I did do it!) – Then, travelling to New Zealand back in the early ’80s, or working like crazy to get a job in Antarctica…

    But one of the biggest things was when I decided that “I can see myself working successfully from home and actually making it.” I did – and still do – get some degree of resistance about that.

    I cannot tell you how many people either do not want to even talk to me about what I do, and others who keep insisting that “times will get better” and I’ll be able to get a “real job.” But, the reality is this: I do work from home now. And I still see myself getting better and better!

    2) What do you do to make your vision clearer, more vivid and tangible?

    Answer: Oh, this is one of the most FUN parts about it! I am VERY big on visualization with deep feeling. I play “mind movies” in my head all the time – I actually tell all my readers to do this – and each movie stars me (of course! :) ) wherein people are complimenting me on my success, on how well I look (and I answer, “Oh thank you! I have never felt better!”) and stuff like that.

    3) How do you help others see what they cannot yet see?

    Answer: I instruct others to play along with me regarding their own “mind movies” – starting with how GOOD they’ll feel once they have what they aren’t quite “seeing” yet, and I help them get to the point where they are almost “working backwards” from the wonderful feeling, back to what the circumstances might be that inspire that good feeling. I used to do this with high school students all the time – and now I tell everyone. :)

    You also said: “Here is the scary part—you will never rise above the image you have in your mind in any area of your life.You will live up to your vision of yourself—literally. How we see ourselves is what we become.”

    That reminded me INSTANTLY of a wonderful quote I have loved since high school when Mrs. Clifton, my English teacher first wrote it on the board – and I have repeated it to countless individuals and readers. This is paraphrased – and was voiced by Carl Schurz many, many years ago:
    “Ideals are like the stars – we may not ever reach them, but like the mariners on the sea, we chart our course by them.”

    I have written enough, I’m sure. Thanks so much, Darren, for asking us to participate in this discussion!

    Have a wonderful day!
    :) Kath

  18. Darren,

    I hope you have fully recovered from the surgery.

    This post threw me into crisis. I have spent 2 years working on goals, perfecting tracking techniques (still very far from perfect), building a system for goal accomplishment, but… I never had a vision. NEVER.

    I look at my goals and know that accomplishing them will give me better health, better relationships with my loved ones and friends, give me more satisfaction out of my work, bring me closer to financial independence. However, I never visualized, and have exceptionally hard time visualizing now, strike that, impossible time visualizing my future life when I hit my goals. I don’t understand why I just can’t see it.

    I have accomplished a bit this year alone, but my life seems about the same. I mean, it’s better – better health, better relationships, love my work now, decent finances. However, I just get a huge rush when I accomplish something, but then do not actually enjoy major change in my life. Holly c^&p!

    So, I actually set goals without visualizing how my life would change once goal is accomplished because I actually strive for the process and achievement?

    This a crisis :) I always smile and actually laugh at myself when something goes really wrong or I stumble upon a huge, yet not necessarily pleasant discovery (and I should have foreseen it; wait how does a guy who has no vision foresee things; but I make very realistic financial projections that closely materialize in 2-3 years).

    Is having picture really that crucial? Can’t one just go off “… appeal to our better selves, a call to become something more”

    Alright, I am utterly concerned, confused and not sure what to do, and whether I should actually do anything about it.

    Any help/feedback/input/ass-kicking please

  19. Good luck, Tom. Create your own vision how YOU will recover. Set your goals and make action plans to achieve them. Every morning you’ll be more excited getting out of bed knowing what you need to do to get yourself closer to your goals and/or vision (reading this post I realized an interesting truth about my goals and vision and I’ll share at the bottom of the thread).
    It’s like living a life on purpose rather just living.

    Feel free to reach out to me if you want some assistance in setting goals and/or plan of action. I’ve done setting, planning, doing and tracking of goals for the last couple of years and finally getting fairly effective at it. Perhaps I can help (if you want/need help, that is.)

  20. I want to say “+1″ to all of the replies. Stories like yours must be posted in every oncologist’s office. It would make a huge difference for most people after hearing terrible news. You should also share your plan of action, how you went about defeating illness. This can make most people leaving doctor’s office determined and motivated instead of just devastated.

    Think about it, Barry. You and your story can make such profound difference in lives of so many. Perhaps you can write about it to few local medical offices and suggest them to use it to help people not only cope with illness, but have a living example/story and an action plan of what needs to be done to prevail.

    Just my .02

  21. Thanks, Ken! And yes, hopefully the reality of your success is far greater than what you envision but the very first step is to BELIEVE in your absolute GREATEST dreams! :)

  22. I help people create their visions by showing them how to separate what they would love from what they sabotage it with and I use fellow wise seers to help me do the same for me.

  23. Ken and Krupa,

    Glad to see I am in like company here on Darren’s blog. Thank you for your kind words of encouragement. The best way I have found to help people with their own limiting beliefs is to plunge through my own biggest ones. Then the smaller fears just seem silly and unnecessary after that.

    Keep up the good work, Cassandra

  24. Well Darren, by the time YOU read this, that sharp object will be long gone from your eyes & you will be on your way to better sight. Your quotation by Helen Keller is perfect for us to know that you do not need sight to have vision but without vision, having sight is pathetic. Too many of us have the attitude that I will belive it when I see it wherein it is quite the opposite. When we BELIEVE it, then we will see it. It is our passion filled vision that creates this overwhelming belief that drives our thoughts & then our actions until we have ACHIEVED exactly what we hacve been envisioning. In most cases, what we ultimately achieve is far greater than we envisioned.

    I will be on the edge of my seat waiting for the videos.

    Blessings;
    Ken

  25. I love your comments Cassandra. We all need to stay focusedon our visions & to surround ourselves with like minded people, people who support us & have visions of their own. This can be hard at times as some of the people that are those naysayers in our lives are those who are closest to us; family & friends.

    There is enough negativity in the world today that if we could make it into a blanket, it would cover the world so many times over that we would be in total darkness. It is this VISION that Darren speaks of combined with what you are pointing out that allows us to rise above this negative blanket into the spendor of our vision.

    WE create our own limitations & boundaries. That is why I started a non profit foundation to help people break these self set, self limiting boundaries. We are to be a catalyst to help them break these boundaries. On behalf of our foundation, I recently completed my FIRST 100 mile run as an example that we ALL can break boundaries of all sorts; be it financial, emotional, spiritual or in my case physical.

  26. Darren,
    I ran across the following notation at the bottom of a picture I saw recently, and thought it was appropriate for this particular discussion. It said: “Vision is not seeing things as they are, but as they will be.” – anon.

  27. Faye, All I can say is WOW! You Go Girl!

    It is amazing what having vision can do however I would add two very critical components -PASSION & ACTION.

    PASSION is the fuel that will supply the ongoing energy to carry you to & beyond your vision & to keep your vision burning in your heart.

    ACTION is the catalyst, the spark to ignite that fuel of passion.

    Without a doubt, vision is a necessity; but without passion to achieve that vision, it can soon fade into just a good idea. With out action, that vision & passion never get off the ground & can end up creating frustration.

    You obviously have all of them. Kudos to a job well done.

  28. What a story Barry. Thank you so much not only for sharing it with us, but for reminding each of us that WE decide our thoughts & actions & ultimately our results. Every event has an outcome, but with vision, we can ensure that that outcome is what WE want rather than what the world wants for us.

  29. Darren–Great post. I’m not sure whether I’m allowed to recommend other books here or not. Of course I’ve listened to “The Compound Effect” and have the PDF printout near my bed. But I’m about 25% of the way through the classic book, Psycho-Cybernetics by Max Maltz, and he, too, speaks of the incredible importance of vision, particularly as it applies to how you envision yourself.

    Anyone who was as inspired as I was by your phrase, “It is said we are not limited by our abilities or by our current circumstances. We are only limited by our vision of what can be. 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,” may want to consider picking it up.

  30. Darren, I sit here in tears right now because your words in this blog is an answer to my many prayers. I have asked God to unlock my ability to visualize. Thank you for allowing God to use you in such a way. I can’t wait for the new lessons.

  31. Proverbs 29:18 from the Amplified Bible

    Where there is no vision [no redemptive revelation of God], the people perish; but he who keeps the law [of God, which includes that of man]–blessed (happy, fortunate, and enviable) is he.

  32. Dear Barry,

    Thank you for your story and the message it conveys. It’s a very encouraging example that a positive mindset, staying upbeat and positive and visualizing a better outcome and future can make a huge difference in our lives.

    Thank you again. I was discouraged, and Darren’s post and your story made me want to get out of the foggy slumber that is discouragement.

    Cheers to you!

    Veronica

  33. Dear Darren,

    It’s the first time I write here, but I’ve been receiving and reading your blogs for some time now. I also pass them down to loved ones who are also going through times of decisions in their lives. I’m South American and most of my relatives don’t understand English, so I started translating some of your articles and placing them in my personal blog for their benefit. I was wondering if the SUCCESS magazine or your articles are translated into Spanish.

    Needless to say, I really enjoy your articles and they’ve been a source of great help for me many times.They are very down to Earth in the way they are written and presented and their contents are appliable to everyone in our every day lives.

    Thank you so much also for this specific post. It is a simple truth, but so needed. It also came at the right time for me, as I was feeling a bit discouraged and my vision was perishing.

    I pray everything is going well after the surgery. Thank you y hasta la proxima!

    Veronica

  34. Wow . This really addresses directly to the issue. Thank you very much. I shall keep reading and re-reading it for it to become strong enough to implement it bit by bit and eventually fully. I’d really like to be able ti implement it in my life. So very truly agree to ” making friends with failure “. Loved the point of ” getting into a place of stubborn knowingness that I will complete my task “.

    Thank you very very much Cassandra.
    I am very grateful .

  35. Making friends with failure is one way I have repelled the naysayers in my life. If you no longer fear failure and get committed to overcoming your set backs, there is really nothing that can stop you. Another thing is to not depend on anyone for approval of your ideas. replace the time you spend with grumpy people with those who adore you. Getting into an absolute place of stubborn knowingness that I will complete my task is how I stay on track. My work is also deeply rooted in helping others so visualizing the positive results of what my achieving my goals can yield also fuels me. Remember the only you, you can ever be is you. At the talk Darren gave in San Francisco, he mentioned becoming unapologetic about your work. I love that!

  36. I very much agree with you on this Cassandra. Its so easy to become influenced by negative people around you and still stick to your visions and work towards your goals. I need to have an answer ( from anyone who reads this ) as to how do you react or act or keep striving towards your goals without losing yoru vision amongst extreme negativities in terms of negative feedback from people !???

  37. Good Morning Mr Hardy,

    I hope your recovery is going well. I have an unbreakable commitment to myself to think for at least one hour each day. It is that thinking time that helps develop and maintain the vision. How others can sacrifice thinking time for “Dancing With The Stars” will always be a mystery to me.

    Have a magical weekend!

  38. A few years back I couldn’t even run one lap around a track. I remember talking to a friend and he said he was training to run the San Francisco marathon. I asked him “how long is the SF marathon” not knowing all marathons are 26.2 miles.
    A year later I ran the Portland marathon!

  39. I really appreciate your comment. I am listening to your audio book “The Compound Effect” and I am already started seeing its effect to the way I think and see. Really I feel sad about people who don’t know where to go and which person to listen.
    Fortunately I found you and Tony. I will listen to you people and follow your advice religiously because I know it is best for me and my success.

    Thanks for inspiring us and leading us to right path.

  40. I look forward to the monthly magazine and the opportunity to read your stories of personal experience. Truly it’s a blessing THANKS AGAIN.

  41. I am 48 years old and did not have a definite, clear vision for myself or confidence in myself to be what I have always wanted – just successful and happy in my career – never has been marriage or children. I was lucky to fall into a communications job where I stayed for 16 years – a job that used my strengths which are all about communication, personality, delivering a message and building relationships. PR was perfect but I’ve been in it too long or maybe have not found the right job for me yet and really want to make a great salary to be able to have what I want in life (who doesn’t)? I was thinking about and spent more than a year attempting to get a foot in the door in pharmaceutical sales and/or possibly medical device sales…and the doors were closed all around to the point where I was so discouraged and figured it wasn’t for me…I really want to do something DIFFERENT where I will excel, and I realize that further education and different experience may be the only things that will get me on a slightly different path. This could take years. I have heard stories all the time about these industries hiring PR people and know at least two people who broke into the field who came from completely different areas – one person was a singer in a band! So I also know it is who you know and timing. Right now I am unemployed for the second time and just trying to find something with a livable – or if I’m lucky – an actual GOOD salary. I have always envisioned myself as successful, and for years I was. But for the last two years I feel lost – all I want – all I ever wanted – all I have ever seen myself in is a successful job. I think I need to get clear in my vision – What do I really want? Do I really want to switch careers to something that would excite me, or keep looking in the same field? I am now just looking at everything. It’s like shopping for a dress – there are many that would be alright, but only one that really strikes you!

    I take care of a brother with Down’s Syndrome who is scheduled for laser surgery in three weeks – I know you will LOVE the outcome – permanently better vision! Don’t worry about the laser-in-the-eye procedure. It’s brief, and you won’t feel a thing!

    I do look forward to your videos. Thanks so much!

  42. If you really study that scripture (Proverbs 29:18) It exalts “keeping the law” over “having a vision” – Read it ,study the whole context, most of that chapter is talking about a contrast of what to do and what not to do….Remember “A text out of context is a pretext” – Discernment is the key here

  43. Darren,

    I heard recently heard you speak at Brendan Burchard’s Live Event in San Francisco. Everyone I spoke with afterward found your speech to be outstanding!

    At the age of 13, I went to go see the statue of David with my family in Florence. I remember thinking “Great another statue”. But after looking up at 17 feet of human accomplishment, my mind expanded. Standing beside this exquisite sculpture, I knew I was in the presence of magnificent imagination.

    It is so easy for our vision to become clouded by people who simply do not see the potential for magnificence that we do. This is why visionary people simply must stick together.

    To complement my vision board, I have made a what I call a Power Path Board which features the images make you feel power filled. This is the fuel that keeps me going the distance to manifest my vision.

    Thanks for doing what you do, Cassandra

  44. Such articles are vitamins for mind. They do stir up the dormant and they have the needed shakeup. Still, however, I am pretty sure a person gets pleasant dreams and thoughts only when his belly is full and pockets are bulging.

    For the sake of encouragement, I had a dream to become a lawyer one day. The dream remained with me for 55 years. At the age of 32, I passed LL.B. and at the age of 55 I passed the exam for practicing law and at 60 I have handled quite a few cases of different dimensions and sizes. When at 22 my maternal uncle advised me to take up a good job and at 28 when I insisted on passing LL.B. he was pessimistic about it being of any use for me as the scenario was not all that good.
    However, I had a vision and when life became secure and stable for me I ventured out to fulfill my vision and am happy and satisfied now.

  45. this is a very good bolg, we all have vision but some visions are bigger than we earn. how can we use the small we have to gain success????

  46. Darren,

    Great post. This is like…step one in basic goal setting. However, it is the hardest one to manage. I didn’t know the story of Michelangelo, that was a nice touch.

    Thank you for inspiration. This is just what I needed to hear at 5:47 a.m.

    Peace

    Shane

  47. Wishing you well with your eye surgery!
    Thanks for this great post.
    Looking forward to those videos .
    God bless!

  48. Best wishes for a speedy recovery, Darren! May your sight and vision be better, sharper and clearer than ever! Thank you for the timely reminder that “vision” matters most; I look forward to your video series in December.

    Well wishes & God’s blessings, Cristina

  49. That is the worst news and the best news I have had all day.

    Thank you for the wake up call – my vision is in serious need of an update!

    I look forward to watching the video series and taking full advantage of the best news… that my vision can only be changed by me. What a huge relief, for I know what I am capable of.

    I love it when something so basic shakes me to the core and that I can once again see myself moving forward.

    Wishing you a speedy and flawless recovery Darren.

    Take care,
    Barb

  50. Stephanie, loved your information. Congrats for making things happen. It is true for without a Vision we will perish.

    Would love to know how to self-publish my own book. In the process of writing and would love some information. Thank you, Carolyn

  51. Darren hold on to the Hand during your eye operation. I am praying for you.

    Regarding the topic of vision. It all comes down to what you think. “The man is what he thinketh.” What goes on in your thoughts? What do you think of yourself? It is so easy in this modern busy world of ours to take the thoughts of others out there and claim it to be our own. Take every thought captive, build yourself an awareness of your thought processes and make the decision to never ponder on anything negative. I found that surrounding me with positive people and thoughts help a lot. Avoid negative circumstances if possible. Diligently seek positive things around you. Don’t allow people to pass their negative views onto you. Somebody once said that everything on earth started with a dream (vision). If you have no dream, there can be no vision, no effort to reach that dream or vision.

    Thanks for this great post. I can’t wait for the videos.

  52. What a brave soul you are Darren! I do wish you well! You’re probably now well and truly in the post-operative phase, and will very shortly be eager to get back to what you do so very well, which is inspire others!

    Love the Compound Effect, I’m working my way through it; and great post as always!

    See you on the other side of those bandages … when you’re well and truly recovered!!

    All the very best,
    Diane

  53. I opened my mail this evening and found your blog. I had some shocking news today at the doctor’s office so was definitely encouraged by your post. Instead of wallowing in my situation, I have decided to envision perfect health and to continue visualizing mine and my husband’s plans for the future.

    Thank you for your timely advice.

  54. Darren,
    This is an inspiring blog and I look forward to the videos. Thanks for sharing!

    Speedy recovery from your eye surgery.

  55. When have you had a vision for something that others didn’t see, but you made it so? The day I started my floral design business. What do you do to make your vision clearer, more vivid and tangible? Live/believe and act as if I am where I want to be. How do you help others see what they cannot yet see? I ask them just one question: Why can’t you see it. It opens thought provoking answers.

  56. Darren,
    Awesome post. I’m making sure all my team sees this. My vision for my business is to grow it to serve so many clients that my cashflow (income) grows to $100,000.00 a month. To do that means that the lives of thousands of others will be impacted in a positive and powerful way. The income is a convenient “measuring stick” to gage the effectiveness of our team and its leadership. So the ultimate vision is the significant and lasting impact on thousands of lives. I use a vision board to keep me focused and moving forward.
    Interestingly, a Lasik email (spam) arrived as I was typing this. Go figure.
    Bryan Hefner

  57. Great timing with this post as I just created a new vision board over the weekend. Over the years, I have been amazed by how much of my vision boards “come true” very often without me even specifically focused on “making” them come true. Creating the vision just seems to set into action the process of attracting it into our reality. Anyway, I’m looking forward to the videos. And good luck with the eye surgery. I had that done years ago so I know how it feels. If it helps it was one of best things I ever did for myself!

  58. Tina, life is a story book. Each year of life is a different chapter. You can’t write the beginning of your book – but you sure as heck can influence how it will unfold and how it will end. Thank you for your kind words.

  59. What an inspiration you are to me. I truly believe some of us are meant to reach our greatest potential when we are ready…at whatever age we happen to be.

  60. Way, way back in highschool….I went to 4 grade schools, and three highschools. My family situation moved around alot. I ended up at a continuation high school which was my only chance of graduating on time. No one thought I could do it. At age 16-17 (I started school early) I made up 2.5 years of highschool in one year. My counselor had faith in me and ordered the fancy diploma ahead of time even before I was close to finishing my classes. That year, my highschool had made the designation of a certified highschool. The cirriculum allowed us to work at our own pace. I completed all my classes two days before graduation. No one thought I could do it or believed I would do it. I envisioned me graduating and no one could tell me different. I am tapping into that fire and vision I had back then to reinvent my life today. It’s working!

  61. When I was 45, I decided to “go to college” since I was in between jobs, and to work for that degree that I never had the opportunity to seek when I was younger. Shortly after I enrolled, I got a new job, but I was already “hooked” on being a student. Everybody kept asking me what I was going to “do” with a college degree at my age and I always replied: “Nothing, actually. I just want to prove to myself (and everybody else, too) that I could do it – and do it well. Well, it took me five years to get two Associates degrees (one in General and one a Business Admin) with a cumulative GPA of 3.957 for over 90 credits. Since then, I have been pursuing my Bachelors Degree (General) but it has been a loooong road (since I got sidelined with several family crisises along the way that disabled me from taking classes for about 6 semesters).
    so now, at age 62, I am only one class away from graduating – with a 4.0 GPA! I had the vision of walking down that Associates’ college with an honors stole, and then again for the Bachelors graduation, the vision is the same.

    We all have to have an ‘inner’ vision of our goals in order to make them happen.

    Best wishes for a speedy recovery and God Bless!

  62. Having just turned 60 last Sunday, I find myself hanging by my fingernails over the pit of ruin and dispair – BUT what keeps me going is that vision that I have that we will recover – and that God will resore the years that the locust have eaten.

    Darren, I wish you a speedy recovery and thank you so much for the impact that you are having on so many people.

    There’s no question that I have been helped by the advice of Jim Rohn, but it’s you who has reminded me through The Compound Effect how to get back on solid ground.
    God bless!

  63. Darren,

    Fantastic, as I readjust the Vision from years ago, I have come to one Main thing, we have to adjust it to what we’re dealing with at that Moment, tho staying close to the Bigger Picture for sure. Had to talk with Cyrus earlier today!!! Will be *WAITING* for your new series fur sure!!

  64. At the age of 55, I started my own company. No college, no business background – but a firm vision of what I thought was something needed in the industry I was working in. Now, getting ready to enter my sixth year in business – the company is stronger than ever and has sales exceeding $1 million dollars in 2010! Did I mention that I am my only employee and a woman with five kids and four grandkids! There was a need, a vision and the willingness to work hard to achieve my goals. You are never too old to try something new – you just need to keep you eyes open and take advantage of all opportunities that come you way.

  65. I have learned that it is not until things appear to be off track that we remember we saw this road but ignored the consequence. We so often struggle with visualizing our future but are so willing to accept what we so casually think about and allow to occur. I find that even though I cannot see the whole picture (yet) I have learned that this partial picture of greater things is better than a clear picture of disappointment. I am thankful for magazines and the internet to assist me with my visualization… pictures help. Small steps lead to large jumps…

  66. Darren, We all vision your surgery going smoothly and we see a speedy and healthy recovery for you!

    How do you help others see what they cannot yet see?

    Inspired by You and the other that have come before me; I fill my Face book page with encouragement, inspiration and instruction. Recently, I created a blog. The aim is to offer guidance toward reaching Highest Human Potential.

    As you recognize, not everybody was fortunate enough to have a Dad willing to wake there son to the sounds of clanging weights.

    I look FWD to your video series. So much so that I ‘shared’ this post with my Face book friends and invited them to subscribe.

  67. Darren! Great post and so helpful to consider thinking about our vision as we conclude this year and move onto a new year. Wishing you well with your eye surgery. Onward with sight!

  68. Inspiring post! This is my first time here and I decide to stick to your blog. All the best for your eye operation and looking forward to your video series.

    Thanks sharing valuable content!

  69. Darren, Be Healed!

    I have a vision right now to own the first faith-based “brand name” company. Sometimes people go, “Oh, okay….”

    CLARITY #1
    I’ve researched the faith-based retail industry for two years, speaking with industry leaders, wholesale buyers and retailers to see where’s the need, attending workshops and classes, and much more. I now have a 35-page comprehensive business plan.

    CLARITY #2
    With products from Hobby Lobby I made a mock sample of my first product and hung it from the ceiling over my bed 4 months ago. My first order was recently delivered!

    HELPING:
    I successfully self-published my first book that sold thousands of copies around the world. I help many aspiring authors develop a clear outline for publishing their books (some follow through, most do not).

    Thanks Darren!

  70. Twenty years ago, I had a vision that I would work for the largest technology company in the world. My co-workers and friends said… no way.. it is too hard to get in… I now hold an Executive position at that company and have been with them for 13 years. My friends thought the dream was too big. I could see myself doing it. Now I need to set my sights on somethng new…I am looking forward to your 2011 vision series. Thanks

  71. Thank you Darren for your post about Vision! This comes to me at a time in my life when I am looking at my vision for my work, what I need to do to take the next step and succeed at the next level in my carreer. I am looking forward to following you in this quest!

  72. Fantastic Post!!!
    Great and speedy recovery from your eye surgery and may it make your vision and insight even more inspiring!

  73. I think generating a vision requires some work. Because you need to put time aside to actually stop and think. I think a vision is as important as the way you are going to achieve it. In order to get closer to that vision of yourself, it is important to start thinking about a strategy for your life.

    For years a was doing many things but I didnt have a good strategy thought out. During the recession of 01 i got into trouble because i didnt have a clear contingency plan. During those dark days i actually had time to sit and think about what i has missed and what i had done right. So i started putting together the pieces of my strategy. It has worked so well that i had gone through this recession basically untouched (i guess my strategy and a little of luck both help).

    So besides a vision, you need to have a set of rules to move your life in that direction. You cant have one without the other, i think. Or least you shouldnt.

  74. Thank you very much for your timely post and wake up call. I needed this today to change my focus and return to what makes me tick vision. I almost forgot it and almost lost in it wallowing in my most recent transition. Today, Darren I am grateful for your obedience to post this at this time. I pray that your procedure is successful and your recovery speedily.

  75. Darren,

    Excellent content. Hope all is well with your eyes. Here are my answers:

    When have you had a vision for something that others didn’t see, but you made it so?

    I’ve always had a vision that my life could be better as I get better. 4 years ago, at age 48, I was diagnosed with cancer and I seen myself getting healthier while the doctors were looking at how bad I things could become. Today I feel like an 18 year old in a 53 year old body & experiencing the best health of my life. People keep commenting that I look younger every time they see me. The success came through only action. Action my better attitude toward health & wellness, better selection of medical professionals / research of world class health / wellness, better diet to give my body the fuel to heal & excel, better exercise program to fuel my body toward excellence. I am so happy & grateful for my life today.

    What do you do to make your vision clearer, more vivid and tangible? I keep a kindergarten state of mind, expect the best everyday by giving it my best through personal action. I have clear goals, layout 7 days of my calendar in advance with activity that moves me toward my goals. At the end of the week, I look back 7 days, journal my activity, evaluate what worked, & where I can get better & then apply it the following week.

    How do you help others see what they cannot yet see? I look for what other do well, how I can help them & believe in them.

    Make it an excellent week!
    Barry Schlouch

  76. Wow, I had forgotten how much more vision of myself and our business I could see than so many friends, family and others. So you allowed me to look back and see how far we’ve come!
    Looking forward to those videos and praying for your quick recovery.

  77. Wow, I had forgotten how much more vision I had of myself and our business than others could see….It is like walking into a fog, you walk a few feet more into it and you see more. Thank you so much for sharing this thought. Looking forward to those videos and praying for your quick recovery.

  78. Wow Darren, thanks. Right on the money, as usual.

    You asked how we make our vision clearer…I write down exactly what I want a particular goal or part of my life to look like, and then write down how it will feel when I accomplish that specific thing. The goal is specific, as are the feelings of accomplishment that surround it. I focus on the goal and then feel the feelings everyday in my morning “hour of power”, meditating on it until I can actually “see and feel” it as if it had already happened. When the emotions are attached to the goal it is so much more powerful.

    I ask patients to do this exercise with their lifestyle goals – be it weight loss, exercise or other self-care goal. The ones who are faithful, even just a couple minutes per day, are more successful than those who think its a waste of time or who aren’t compliant.

  79. This is a great post. We need to get very real with ourselves and really be honest with the thoughts we have about ourselves. Are they in line with the vision we have? Sometimes we can want something for our selves & dream big, but our thoughts about who we are don’t let as realise our dreams. And we wonder why? Thoughts, vision, & actions need to all be in line with each other.