"The only thing worse than being blind is having sight but no vision." - Helen Keller
Sometimes I take things for granted, and it’s not something I’m proud to admit. I'm telling you this because I know i'm not the only one. The end of the year is a great time to think about vision. My question to you is how often do you think about vision? Do you take it for granted that you can see these words on your screen? Do you even think about that?
The reason I am slightly embarrassed to admit that I take it for granted is because I was born with eye issues. I literally don’t see the way you probably do. From birth I've had what was labeled a lazy eye. My brain never made the connection so today this lazy eye of mine, it’s really just for looks. The super ironic and fun part is that it's still crossed a little even after many corrective surgeries so it's not doing a good job of hiding its 'looks'. Thing is, I’m extremely lucky that I have great vision out of one of my eyes. At this point I embrace as just being 'normal' for me. But I often forget how foruntate I am to be able to see.
Today's post isn't just about eyesight; it's a reminder that if you are reading these words and you have seamless depth perception, you should appreciate it. Sometimes we take things for granted today's a great day to change that!
Let's shift the converstation from physical eyesight to your metaphorical vision. Don't overlook this or think this is silly. Having a vision for your life is really important. And when I say "you," I mean you! I'm not referring to your spouse or kids. Yes, you have responsibilities to them, but you also owe something to yourself. Far too many people do not dream or have vision for themsleves because they put someone else in front of their dreams. There has to be a blanace so you don't build resentment or you create unhealthy boundaries.
We all tend to undervalue our dreams and vision so you're not alone. It's essential to dedicate time to really think about your dreams and vision. This is an esential step to building your playbook to freedom.
Think of it like a GPS. When you take a long road trip, you input your destination to ensure you're headed in the right direction. But what if you don't know where you are even going? Don't make the excuse you might change your mind, you can always course correct when things change. The problem I've had is that all to often I made excuses like I don't know where I want to go, so I just sit in the same place or find myself going into opposite directions without any focus. Pretty much just going on cirlces if there were a way to map life's journey on paper.
If you don't contemplate the direction of your life's journey, how will you know when you've arrived? What if you are headed in the opposite direction? If you want to take a vacation to Hawaii, but you are headed east instead of west do you know how long it's going to take to get there? This seems silly, but think about your life and the choices you make each day and you'll quickly realize what I'm saying is true. Having dreams, having a vision is going to help you know you've arrived on the sandy beaches of a tropical island, instead of the tall sky scrapers of your nearest city.
The subconscious mind is powerful. Taking some time to envision your destination: what it looks like, feels like, smells like, and sounds like- truly makes a difference. It might sound a bit bizarre, maybe it's even weird, but it's been effective for me, and I'm confident it will work for you too.
The path to your dreams in life aren't as straightforward as a road trip in your car. There will be setbacks, maybe even total failures requiring you to start all over. I've been there, I'm pretty sure everyone else who's found freedom has been too. When you are armed with a clear vision, and it really means someting to you, you gain strength because your why is more powerful than any external setback you face. That's what this journey is all about, make your internal vision so strong, that your mind believes it's guaranteed.
If you're seeking financial freedom, define what that means for you and what you'll do with it. It's not just about the money, it's what the money can and will do for you. Figure it out now! I've witnessed people reach their dream life only to lose it because they lacked a plan and a vision. They weren't ready for success; they weren't prepared for their dream. Don't let this happen to you.
As the new year approaches, I urge you to invest some time in creating a vision board. Head to Google Images, search for images representing your dreams, and use Canva to build a canvas filled with pictures of things you want to do, places you want to see, and impacts you want to make.
Envision yourself in these images, contemplate what you'll do once you achieve these aspirations. Regardless of how distant they seem, even if they feel impossible, simply taking time to dream, making a vision for yourself will help you recognize what you really want, and why you want them. I hope like me you appreciate your eyesight today, lets remember the things we might be taking for granted, and let's go build a vision board so we can see our dreams come true! That's your playbook to freedom!