Do you know the most important piece to a puzzle? The picture on the front of the box!

To build what you want requires a vision, or picture of your outcome—what you want to see happen. It is a blueprint leading to the complete picture you envisioned. Take a look at some of these ways to manifest your vision.

1. Draw your picture. Galileo Galilee noted, “All truths are easy to understand once they are discovered; the point is to discover them.” Draw your picture. Yes, elementary as it may sound, very few people have recorded the picture they want to create whether it be for your personal life, your career or your family. Have you scripted your vision? Probably not! So now is your best hour. Ask yourself this question to help you create your picture: “What do I want to see happen in my life?” Or, “What is my ultimate goal?” Write it down. Capture it on paper.

“A picture is an intermediate something between a thought and a thing.”

– Calvin Coolidge

2. Discover what you don’t like. But avoid focusing on what you don’t like! There is a difference. Create the contrast. It helps to create a comparison or juxtaposition of what you like and what you don’t like. This tool helps to narrow your focus. There is an unlimited amount of things you can focus on, but what is the most important thing you need to intend to? Philosopher Rene Descartes remarked, “It is not enough to have a good mind. The main thing is to use it well.” Be aware of your surroundings while focusing on what matters most to you!

“If I had to live my life over again, I’d dare to make more mistakes next time.”

– Nadine Stair

3. Engage in a siesta to help you create your vision. Get out. Take a vacation. One day or several, the ability to get away from the hustle and bustle of life in order to reflect on what is most important in your life can be revealing. The constant barrage of television or the expectations of others have of you can cloud the mind. The norms of society and cultural outlook on what you should do can blind you. If a vacation is too cumbersome then take an hour, a half-day or a day or two to get in touch with what is most important to you. Life’s responsibilities can easily tell you that you don’t have time to get away for such contemplation. Ignore that message since it is your limited self that is trying to scare you into a comfortable life of mediocrities flanked by self-imposed external pressures. The point is to step back to clear your mind.

“Cherish the visions and dreams as they are the children of your soul; the blue-prints of your ultimate achievements.”

– Napoleon Hill

4. Define, in writing, your code of conduct. What would it take to achieve your vision? What values and actions require your focus? Is it life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness? How about freedom, family, financial independence? What about adventure, wisdom or endless enthusiasm? How about mental and physical heath or spiritual strength?

5. Nourish your mental picture by developing your vision team. Persons who can achieve a vision by themselves have chosen a vision that is not big enough. Who can help you manifest your vision? Plenty of people are willing to help you if you only open your eyes. The key is to find the right kind of people who can help. The best ones are those that share your vision. Make a list and recruit the best.

Each of us has the capacity to have a vision for our future. No one can do this for you. Use this God-given talent to create a life you know you are capable of living. Have the courage to see it happen before it happens.

Best of success to you!


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