You are probably familiar with the biblical quote shown above. When we have a clear vision, it increases the chance of reaching our goals. Those goals can be in any area of our life: better health, increased spiritual abundance, harmonious relationships, right and perfect work, and even peace of mind. Moreover, when our life is focused and has a purpose, we experience more fulfillment and significance. Of course, it does no good to capture a vision or have a worthwhile goal unless we can make them a reality. If you’re like me, you’ve probably had lots of great (or not so great) ideas. But the question is, “Am I able to make these ideas happen?” So, what are the necessary steps to turn your vision into reality?
First, you have to feel the vision within every fiber of your being. As one of my spiritual teachers once said, "It don't mean a thing if it ain’t got that feeling!” You have to be obsessed with the vision. Make it so clear that you can see the color, smell its fragrance, and experience it as a 3D movie where you see yourself actively participating in your vision.
Second, write down your vision along with the supporting goals. Writing is a critical step to achieve your vision. When you create or capture an idea, you download something out of the ether and make it real. But it can't stay in the confines of your mind. Something physical that involves your senses is needed. So write it down. As soon as it's written, it starts to be real. Part of the process of writing it down is to make it as specific as possible. The Universe responds to specificity. If you have a fuzzy dream, you will likely have a fuzzy result. For example, rather than write, "I want radiant health," describe what activities you will be able to do when you are demonstrating that health. For example, you might write down, "I can run or walk a half-marathon, and it energizes." Also, write down when it will happen. It may not happen exactly the date you come up with, but there is truth to the statement, "A vision is a dream with a deadline." The Pareto principle, aka the 80/20 rule, applies to our visions and goals. That's because 80% of everything done usually happens in the last 20% of the time that is available. Without a deadline, that 20% may never seem to occur.
Third, look at your vision every day. One of the most important reasons for writing down your vision is so you can read it, preferably twice a day – once in the morning and once before going to bed. By reviewing your vision every day, you can push through the force of gravity that sometimes holds you back. This force of gravity shows up as negative self-talk, such as, "Who do you think you are to believe you can make this happen?" By reading your vision every day, you are reminding yourself that you can do it, and reinforcing this belief in your conscious and subconscious mind. When you radiate such a feeling, life mysteriously rearranges itself to help you meet your goals and visions.
Fourth, be aware of the price you must pay to make your visions happen. Although the images and goals may be significant, the steps you take along the way don't have to be huge. The steps can be - and often are - small ones. The price you have to pay is the small effort that you make every day. Understand what that effort is and know you have to pay it.
And finally, begin with a plan. Don't think you have to have a perfect plan (which does not exist). If you try to come up with the ideal strategy, you may not get anywhere because you will probably get stymied by analysis paralysis. Start with a reasonable plan that serves as a roadmap forward. Know that you will adjust, take action, review, and adjust again, as you move toward the fulfillment of your vision. And know this: achieving your vision has excellent value, but who you become along the way is an even bigger prize.
Peace and Blessings,