Visions are incredibly powerful because they motivate and push us towards them, as if we were creating a magnet in our mind which begins attracting us to it in the real world, even if the vision is not completely realized (Albert Einstein and Steven Jobs). A vision should be close enough to reality to be believable, yet far enough away not to be reached any time soon, if ever. Visions are different from goals because they feel like a realistic picture of the future, which is what makes exert their forceful attraction on us. The fact that we piece them together from our experiences of the world around us makes them so real to us. If we feel positive about our vision, emotions and thoughts in us make us want to set out to reach it.
Visions transport us into a future reality, so we can feel and experience the future. Just think back to this one film where you lost all sense of the movie theater, the people around you, and time itself. Communication scholars call this effect, whereby you are being fully immersed in a story, aptly 'transport'. Watching the film you were transported into the film and lived emotionally with the characters in their world. A vision which comes from inside you already fits you and your world, and should be able to motivate you with considerable force. This is why great visions always come from inside yourself, and rarely from other people. Albert Einstein's parents were not physicists, Steven Spielberg's not filmmakers, Steven Job's not consumer electronics designers, Sam Walton's not large scale discounters and Bill Gates' not computer programmers. (Mozart's father was a violinist.)
A vision that is emotionally strong enough to pull you into the future can be put together from the things in your world which you feel strongly about. It is future oriented, but anchored in the past and the present. Why do not more people develop compelling visions? It may be a lack of self-confidence and a fear to trust one's visions or negative experiences in the past that interfere with the construction of the vision. But a vision can build self-confidence and resilience. Look at the things you like and the path they point at, your vision will often form by itself. See if it can make you happy and that it coincides with your values, and promotes life in general. You may see obstacles on the path towards your vision. A good idea is to feel and think through them, maybe even with outside professional help, but your vision should give you the energy and motivation to do so. I have discussed how to build greater self-confidence in other articles and you may want to take a look at them. But once you can enjoy and cherish your vision your path becomes wider and much easier to walk on.
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