I am probably the last person who should write about vision, as I haven't had an eye exam in about a decade and my arms seem to have miraculously shortened with age. However, in today's post, vision has nothing to do with eyesight, but mind sight.
Companies talk about vision regularly. It might be an aspirational view of where they hope to be in five years or short-term goals on what they'd like to achieve in a twelve-month period. Most companies live and breathe by their vision so the question I have is, how many of us do this in our personal lives?
Do I doubt that many of us have major milestones in our lives, i.e. go to school, get married, have kids, climb Mount Kilimanjaro (not anywhere on my vision), retire on a beach and play golf every day, etc.? No. I think many of us either have completed, or are in the process of completing, these long-term goals, but the kind of vision I am talking about includes all the years in between. This is more than just a New Year's resolution to lose weight or get in shape. What I am referring to is really setting a vision with measurable goals and objectives for yourself in the next few months or years.
A good friend of mine asked me if I had ever considered creating a vision board. In that moment, I had excruciating flashbacks to 8th grade art class in which I somehow managed to get a D (yes a D) in collaging. To this day, I still do not know how I could have done so miserably. If my memory stands correctly, it was supposed to be a collage of what we saw in our future. Fast-forward to today and now I am being asked to do this painful project again but this time, I actually might listen to my teacher.
I may not have been able to see it when I was 14, yet several decades later, I am still struggling to get past the day-to-day grind to allow myself the liberty of dreaming...or what adults call "visioning." I am sure I can make up a hundred reasons to put this off; I am too busy, I will when the kids get older, maybe next year, when I reach 50, etc. but the truth is, I have no excuses. I need to give myself permission to really plan my future. As they say, life is too short.
Is anyone else ready to vision with me?