“The only thing worse than being blind is having sight but no vision.” -Helen Keller
January 6, 2020 @ 4:49p
There are many cliche’ quotes that relate to vision but the one mentioned above is a favorite of mine. I don’t walk around quoting it aloud but I think about it often. Usually just in my head when I am listening to someone talk about what they can’t do and using verbiage that was passed down from decades ago. In my mind, I’m trying to not be that person who does not know or care about their situation and obliviously dismiss the fact that our situations are different. I’m just thinking, YES YOU CAN! YES YOU CAN! YOU CAN DO ANYTHING! To me this quote basically means you can’t see the forest for the trees. You can’t see past your own limitations. You see something but have no idea how to get to it and you aren’t willing to try because of it. They say that the richest place is the graveyard due to all of the ideas, dreams and creativity that died with those people.
I was once that person who didn’t believe in a lot, I knew things were possible, just not for me. Not because I thought that I was undeserving, but because I was fearful and didn’t see much influence around me. Then, by opening myself up to learning from others outside of those closest to me, it allowed me to be able to grow and see the world from so many perspectives. When you start to see people who are entrepreneurs, who go back to college late in life, who move to a new city and flourish and the list goes on, you can’t help but to start to look at life differently. You will start to look at you differently.
Possibilities seem much more attainable when you see someone who looks like you winning at life. Granted we don’t know what has been done to get there but the reward is there nonetheless. And seeing it or witnessing it is all the fuel that some of us need. You’ll notice that the people who are where you aspire to be, speak differently. They speak confidently and positively. They are so sure of what they want and they are determined to get it.
For some people, the vision for their life is so clear. If they could open their brain, pull their vision out and place it in front of you, it would be so detailed. For others, their vision is blurry, cloudy, too broad or too vague. I believe the major difference is that one set of people have faith and believe that what they imagine, dream or think of, is possible. The other set doesn’t believe and doubts that it’s even possible even if it’s been done before. They don’t believe that it’s possible for them and in turn they project that onto others and that creates a vicious cycle.
It took me time to train and renew my mind (“..but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind..” Romans 12:2) and once I did, all I needed was to think (”…Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think…” Ephesians 3:20) it and from there I had to put in the work (”…For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also.” James 2:26). My way of looking at it is that if you can think it, envision it, dream it or want it, IT’S POSSIBLE! (”…But Jesus beheld [them], and said unto them, With men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible.” Matthew 19:26) (”… Jesus said unto him, If thou canst believe, all things [are] possible to him that believeth.” Mark 9:23)
1. Have vision! (Think of what you want, need or desire.)
2. Write it down in great detail. (Be specific.)
3. Fast or meditate on the vision! (Pray, sacrifice and spend time on that thing.)
4. Be disciplined (Don’t allow anything to get in the way of you or your vision.)
5. Work diligently towards the vision. (Do what’s necessary to get you to the vision.)
6. Be consistent. (Don’t slack off if the vision isn’t manifesting in the time frame that you thought it would.)
7. DO NOT SPEAK NEGATIVELY. (If you have a vision, it is possible. No other explanation is necessary.)
8. Change your mindset. (Do the opposite of what has NOT worked for you in the past. Don’t limit yourself.)
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