If anything has been a stumbling block for me on the road to achieving my dreams, it was a lack of vision. I felt like I was deficient in some way, because vision and ‘visualizing’ was difficult for me. I couldn’t understand why until I realized that I was trying to visualize someone else’s vision for me instead of having my own personal vision. Just for the record, that never works!
Having personal vision is the driving force behind the success you’d like to see in your life. It is the beginning exceptional performance. Here are just a few other benefits to having personal vision.
- Personal vision will keep you engaged when things get tough. If you keep your eye on the prize, you will work to overcome difficulties. When you were a kid, if there was something you really wanted, your parents probably told you exactly what you needed to do to earn it. If you wanted it bad enough, you did whatever it took to get it. Your personal vision has to be that thing you want just as badly, only you are the kid and the parent at the same time. You know what you have to do. You have to be willing to do it!
- Personal vision will take you out of your comfort zone. As a piggyback on #1, personal vision will take you places you never thought you would go. Fear of the unknown will creep in. That fear comes from the amygdala – that part of the brain that controls fight or flight. We also have the Pre-frontal cortex – the area that controls reasoning and imagination. If we actively engage the pre-frontal cortex, it will counterbalance the amygdala. The short-term comfort you feel will no longer outweigh the long-term discomfort of achieving your goals. You will feel the fear, but do it anyway.
- Personal vision will cause your brain to change. Building on #2, as you engage your prefrontal cortex more, the brain’s ability to change increases. Your brain’s neuroplasticity is enhanced. As you visualize (intentionally focus on your vision), your brain causes you to act on that vision. You will better be able to discern the actions that align with your vision and not be distracted by those that don’t. You can “retrain your brain to act on your vision just by thinking about it.” ~Moran and Lennington
- Personal vision creates effective execution. Having plans are great, but a plan that is not executed is just theory. Execution of a plan that is designed to manifest a vision requires new and uncomfortable actions. Your personal vision creates an emotional connection to the outcome. The execution has relevance to your life. You no longer do things just to be doing them. All things have a purpose.
Personal vision is the vital foundation that is the beginning of getting to where you want to go. It’s your guide. If you don’t know where you’re going, you’re really going nowhere. Lack of vision explains why so many are standing in the same spot day after day, week after week, year after year. When you have vision, you have a reason to get up in the morning. You have a reason to fight.
I challenge you to take a few moments to sit quietly, and imagine what you’d like your life to look like. Include all areas – financial, family, career, community, spiritual, physical, and social. Create a vision that really inspires you. When you create that vision for yourself, think about it. Intentionally think about it. Then go after it!
Go be awesome!
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