Sunday, July 13, 2008

Curious about Vision: How Are You Making Use of Yours? What Kind of Vision Have You Created for Yourself?

Definition of Vision: The act of seeing external objects; actual sight. The faculty of seeing; one of the five senses, by which colors and the physical qualities of external objects are appreciated as a result of the stimulating action of light on the sensitive retina, an expansion of the optic nerve. Especially, that which is seen otherwise than by the ordinary sight, or the rational eye; a supernatural, prophetic, or imaginary sight. Hence, something unreal or imaginary; a creation of fancy.

Good business leaders create a vision, articulate the vision, passionately own the vision, and relentlessly drive it to completion.” - Thomas Hardy, English novelist

If we are to survive, we must have ideas, vision, and courage. These things are rarely produced by committees. Everything that matters in our intellectual and moral life begins with an individual confronting his own mind and conscience in a room by himself.” - Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr., American historian

I chose “Vision” for this blog’s theme because I have been re-strategizing mine – along with my mission.

The more I read about and watch “The Secret,” the more I realize how important visualization of what we choose to attract is. Besides spending quiet time basking in my vision, I am working on a new “vision board.” The one I did previously and in a bit of a hurry is a start, but is not strong or definite enough to help with producing my exciting results.

The quotations I found are some of the best, so let’s share:
  • A dream is your creative vision for your life in the future. You must break out of your current comfort zone and become comfortable with the unfamiliar and the unknown.” - Denis Waitley, American writer
  • Vision without action is merely a dream. Action without vision just passes the time. Vision with action can change the world.” - Joel A. Barker, American businessman
  • You will encounter many distractions and many temptations to put your goal aside: The security of a job, a wife who wants kids, whatever. But if you hang in there, always following your vision, I have no doubt you will succeed.” - Larry Flynt, American publisher
  • Dream lofty dreams, and as you dream, so you shall become. Your vision is the promise of what you shall one day be; your ideal is the prophecy of what you shall at last unveil.” - James Allen, American author
  • Where there is no vision, there is no hope.” - George Washington Carver, American scientist
  • I like to tell people that all of our products and business will go through three phases. There's vision, patience, and execution.” - Steve Ballmer, American businessman

And, some more:

  • Capital isn't scarce; vision is.” - Sam Walton, American businessman
  • Strategic planning is worthless - unless there is first a strategic vision.” - John Naisbitt, American businessman
  • It takes vision and courage to create - it takes faith and courage to prove.” - Owen D. Young, American businessman
  • Vision - It reaches beyond the thing that is, into the conception of what can be. Imagination gives you the picture. Vision gives you the impulse to make the picture your own.” - Robert Collier, American publisher
  • Vision is the true creative rhythm.” - Robert Delaunay, French artist
  • The bravest are surely those who have the clearest vision of what is before them, glory and danger alike, and yet notwithstanding, go out to meet it.” – Thucydides, Greek historian

A couple to live by:

The best vision is insight.” - Malcolm Forbes, American publisher

Leaders establish the vision for the future and set the strategy for getting there.” - John P. Kotter, American educator

Have a visionary week!