In the book Think Out of the Box, former dean of Disney University, Mike Vance, tells the story of a journalist who interviewed Walt Disney during his final hours. When the journalist made his way into Walt’s room, he asked the reporter to lie down next to him so he could share his vision for a park that wouldn’t open to the public for another six years.
A dying man in his hospital bed, not interested in discussing how much money he had made, or how his estate would be allocated amongst his heirs, but instead whispering in a reporter’s ear for 30 minutes, describing his vision for the future parks Disney would build and the role he would continue to play for generations to come!
Now, imagine what would it feel like if, just like Disney, you could create a vision for your life that inspires you in the same way. A vision that is bigger than yourself; one that you could dedicate the rest of your life to seeing fully manifested.
Would you go after it?
Would you pursue it wholeheartedly and give it all you’ve got to create it?
To help gain greater clarity on what it takes to create such a vision, here are 5 important things you must consider. Taking them into consideration will help you create a vision that will not only inspire you but also transform you and the lives of many people around the world.
1) A Vision is Something you Create
If you’re waiting for something or someone to tell you what your vision is, you’re wasting your time. A vision is something you create. Creating a vision, as Jonathan Swift reminded us, “is the art of seeing the invisible” first, so that you can then bring it into the world of form.
When you close your eyes, and you tune into the deepest longing within your heart for yourself, the people you love, and humanity as a whole, what do you see? What do you feel? What do you sense? How about scheduling a minimum of one hour with yourself, just to answer one simple question:
What would I love to create in the time I have left?
2) Your Vision is Not Big Enough if it Only Involves You
If your vision only includes you, and you alone, then your vision is too small for the Greater Universe to even notice. The Universe likes it BIG. I’m not joking. Our Universe is a coherent web of interconnection and collaboration. Therefore if your vision is not big enough that it will require many others to help you build it and live it, then it just not big enough.
Therefore, what would make your vision so big that you’d be willing to talk about it with a reporter for 30 minutes just before you die?
3) The Purpose of a Vision is to Make You Come Fully Alive
The purpose of a vision is to inspire you, excite you and make you come fully alive. Howard Thurman reminded us of this when he said that, what this world needs is more people who are coming fully alive.
What would make your vision so much fun, inspiring and exciting for you? What would make your vision a ‘Hell Yeah!” What would make your vision incredibly amazing, and so worthwhile going after?
4) A Vision is a Place to ‘Come From’ and not ‘Get To’
In the same way in which an acorn already contains the perfect oak tree inside of it, you too already are the un-manifested potential of your vision. You and your vision are one. You ARE your vision. Your vision is not a place you’ll get to eventually one day. Instead, a vision will give you a place to come from each and every moment. Who you are being moment to moment is how you’ll manifest your vision!
Therefore, how would you need to show up differently TODAY for yourself and others in order to start manifesting this vision? Who would you have to become?
5) A Vision that Will Transform your DNA
The purpose of a vision is to effect a deep transformation from the core of your being. It will literally re-program, and re-shape your DNA. Years later, when you look back at yourself, you’ll hardly recognize the old you. You’ll look at yourself in the mirror and say, “wow, look who I’ve become!”, only to realize you’ve never felt so fully and wholeheartedly you.
So, what new skills, qualities or virtues would you have to develop? What beliefs must you be willing to let go of or surrender? What new beliefs must you embrace? How must you change or be different in order to create such a vision?
A Vehicle to Your Highest Potential
While the majority of us will never have the same aspirations that Walt Disney had, the truth is that within our hearts there’s an invisible, creative force or intelligence, urging us to become the most loving, creative, powerful, and amazing versions of ourselves. And this force requires a vision. Your vision is the vehicle through which you get to fulfill that highest potential!
Years after Walt Disney’s death, and Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World was finally completed, someone walked up to Mike Vance and asked him, “Isn’t it too bad Walt Disney didn’t live to see this?” and Vance replied, “What are you talking about? He did see it. He saw before any of us. That’s why it’s here.”
What is your heart most longing for? What action step can you take today that will move you one step closer to fulfilling that longing?
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From my heart to yours.
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