What do top CEO’s, entrepreneurs, athletes, artists, engineers, graphic designers, landscapers, and photographers have in common? They all visualize the end product or outcome before it is completed.
Visualizing where you are headed, what it will look like, and perhaps most importantly, how you will feel should be an integral part of your plan. If we lack vision, we lack focus, if we lack focus we will most likely lack results and if we lack results we will probably end up being average, or worse, slipping below the realm of mediocrity. Average isn’t always bad, but for people who want to do more, the thought of being average is worse than the risk of failure.
Visualizing your future is different than dreaming, hoping, or having faith that the desired results will magically appear. Visualization is the ability to picture it, feel it, and create it because you know it is not only possible, it’s probable.
Like everyone, people with vision have heard it can’t be done, they’ve been told no one will like it, or they have witnessed ridicule, embarrassment and defeat.
Different from everyone, people with vision don’t worry so much about what people will say, they are willing to be doubted by others, and they expect where they are headed to feel risky, not safe.
In the year ahead what will set the top achievers apart from the crowd will not be ridicule, doubt, or the possibility of being misunderstood. It will be all of those, but more importantly, it will be that they dared to be different.
Be different—I dare you!
Photo Credit: Honey Badger by Bruce McAdam