Do You Have a Personal Vision of Your Dreams?
“Tell everyone what you want to do and someone will want to help you do it.” ~ W. Clement Stone
People who are successful in all areas of life – in their faith, family, business, sports – share a common trait: the ability to look into the future and and have a personal vision about exactly what they want to accomplish.
“Faith is believing what you do not see. The reward of faith is to see what we believe.” ~ St. Augustine
Why is vision so important? Being able to visualize what you want to do or accomplish paints a mental picture in your mind. Ever heard of the phrase, “Seeing is believing”? When we can “see” something, even in our minds, we’re much more likely to make it happen.
Another way to think of this is by what author Alex Morrison once said:
“You must clearly see a thing in your mind before you can do it.”
Visualization changed my life
I grew up the 4th out of 5 kids in Owosso, Michigan, 90 miles northwest of Detroit. I was blessed with a loving childhood and was encouraged to pursue any worthy goal that I wanted.
At an early age I decided I wanted to play professional football!
I was small for my age, but that didn’t stop me. I quickly began to live by former Alabama football coach Bear Bryant’s words (which I still believe to this day.)
“It’s not the size of the dog in the fight, but the size of the fight in the dog.”
I went out for the football team in the fourth grade and was very lucky to receive some great coaching all the way through high school.
Even though most of the time our high school had very average teams, I led the team in tackles, interceptions and fumble recoveries; was named Most Valuable Player and also was selected as the first-team-all-league linebacker.
On Halloween night in 1986, both our team and the opposing team had the same dismal record: Winless at 0-8. Not only did we lose this game, we lost in double overtime.
I learned that night that life is not fair and it never has been. We need to learn from our disappointments and move on by developing a “next” philosophy. In sales I refer to it as “Some will, some won’t, so what, next.”
My high school football earned me financial assistance to Albion College, it wasn’t the University of Michigan or Notre Dame, but I was convinced that I could continue to develop my football abilities and eventually make it to the pros. I could see it in my mind, so I knew it could happen.
What happened next?
Before training camp in my freshman year, I was so eager to make a good impression on the coaches that I over-trained.
Several of my rib heads would “slip out”, becoming dislocated from my spine. A trainer would easily pop them back in, so I continued to practice with the team for 10 days.
But things got worse. At times I thought I couldn’t breath, the pain was so bad, and I couldn’t raise my arms above my head. But I kept on, because football was my life.
I finally listened to the team doctors who said that no amount of rehabilitation could prevent the injury from recurring. My football career was over.
Fortunately, I was taking a philosophy class. One of the assigned books: Man’s Search for Himself, by Rollo May taught me this: We are all born free. However, if we don’t act upon this freedom by cutting the psychological umbilical cord to our parents early in life, we will only go so far.
In other words, we’ll be tied like a dog on a chain in the front yard, only being able to go as far as the length of the chain allows us.
Once I understood this concept I knew that my career-ending football injury wasn’t an ending – it was a beginning. It gave me a chance to start over again, pursuing a new set of goals.
Two of those goals were to become an inspirational speaker and published author while pursuing a career in the field of personal growth and development to help others succeed.
This is an excerpt taken from my book “Creating Your Own Destiny”.
If you are an event or meeting planner, this is one of the many topics I can speak on, or I will be happy to customize the topic to relate to the needs and interests of the audience I will be speaking to.