Children are remarkable for their intelligence and ardor, for their curiosity, their intolerance of shams, the clarity and ruthlessness of their vision. ~ Aldous Huxley
Throughout the centuries there were men who took first steps, down new roads, armed with nothing but their own vision. ~ Ayn Rand
I met a young and greatly talented man three days ago. After his excellent performance on the drums I asked him what he does and why he doesn’t drum full time. He told me of the many experiences he has had drumming all around the world and how he always wanted to have something for teenagers! “So what stopped you?” I asked. He said I just did not go through with it.
Does that not sound like many of us? We have these great ideas, and we just drop them because for some reason or the other, we think it may not be possible! Many times we don’t even permit ourselves to flesh out the dream, we are afraid that we would only get our hopes up only to fail.
If you are a dreamer, you are one step ahead in the game. My post today is targeted at people who have stopped dreaming. I want to encourage you to feel the joy of your dreams again. Is it not possible to get the “clarity and ruthlessness of our vision” back? There is a little difference between a dream and a vision. A dream is something you hope or wish will happen, you seem to see it happen to you while you are watching from the outside. On the other hand a vision burns inside you as if its done and it’s waiting for you to claim it. Dreams turn into visions, when we focus on the dream long enough and allow ourselves to believe that what we are dreaming about is what we were born to be.
When your dream becomes your vision, it propels you to action! You begin to see yourself in the light of your accomplished vision. For example, long before I became a pastor, I saw myself preaching, I actually found it hard to see myself otherwise. Although I studied and got my Masters of Engineering, I knew I would still preach. That is vision. Since I started this blog, I have been seeing myself as a successful blogger. If I stay long enough on this dream I can easily see myself reaching more people via this blog.
It does not matter what field or what area of your life you are dreaming about, just stay with the dream and try to see how it can be accomplished. Accept it, let joy rise up in your heart and begin to think about the difficulties that you may face. Play around with the idea, see how it can be done. As you engage the dream it will own you and move you to action.
There are too many people moving around with undeveloped dreams, working at jobs that they really do not enjoy, living lives that is far from what they could be living, struggling in relationships that is far from what they should be having. I have good news for you! You can dream again! You can clarify that vision. This is a major step is moving from just living to having a fabulous life. It is really possible to have a very successful life if you are willing to do the work. Take note that the work involved is little compared to the sorrows of living below your potentials.
Here are 4 questions you can use to clarify your vision.
- What will you do if success was guaranteed?
- If you had all the money you need, what will you do everyday?
- If you could be paid for your contribution, how would you like to contribute to the well being of this universe and the people around you?
- If you are sure of success, what kind of relationships would you like to build?
- How do I know that my dreams are not simply wishful thinking?
- What if you like too many things and you cannot focus on one dream?
- I have had too many shattered dreams – Does dreaming or having a vision work?
- Will having a vision not hinder me from enjoying the present?
- I can see tomorrow clearly but I can’t see 3 years down the line, how come you want me to see even further?
- Can I not have a happy life, by just living one day at a time?
- My dream will require quitting my current job, is that really a vision or stupidity?
- If we are all doing what we enjoy doing? Who will do the less enjoyable things in life?
These are the questions I will be attempting to answer in my next Wisdom Webinar! Using a case study of a person who dreams of building an online business or having a restaurant, we will go through the process of capturing the dream and clarifying the vision. Register now!
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Do you have a written set of life goals? Do you have a clear vision of “what you want to be when you grow up”? Have you tried something that is new and different? How did you keep yourself motivated? Share your answers to any of these questions in the comments. We all would love to read from you!