Without Vision People Perish
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.
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?